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Celtic v Aberdeen (Match Stats)


Celtic 5 xG 3.38 (Kyogo 27 & 32, Starfelt 78 and Oh 82 & 90)

Aberdeen 0 xG 0.05 Celtic's xGD of 3.33 was the 2nd highest of the season only behind the 9-0 victory at Tannadice earlier in the season.

Celtic had 20 shots at goal with 8 of them on target and 16 of them in the box and a very high 0.169 xG per shot.


Aberdeen incredibly had 0 shots at goal. Although I'm not sure where the reported 0.05 xG came from then. Matthew Pollock is credited with their 0.05.


Callum McGregor always seems to get time on the ball versus Aberdeen. McGregor had 111 passes in this game and that was 16% of Celtic's total and the average for the season for the No.6 role is 12%. It was 16% for the game in February too and it was 21% for the game in December at Pittodrie. Forrest had the same amount of passes as Abada on Wednesday despite playing 25 minutes to Abada's 65 and in this match Forrest had 26 passes to Abada's 16 with both playing 45 minutes each. Forrest also had 0.20 xA in this game versus Abada's 0.07.

Celtic lined up with;

  • Hart

  • Johnston, Iwata, Starfelt and Taylor

  • O'Riley, McGregor and Hatate

  • Abada, Kyogo and Jota

It was 6 changes during the week and 6 again in this match with Hart, Johnston, Taylor, O'Riley, Kyogo and Jota all coming in for Bain, Ralston, Bernabei, Kobayashi, Oh and Haksabanovic.


The back 5 was all different from Wednesday with Starfelt on the left instead of the right, Iwata in central defence instead of midfield and Hart, Johnston and Taylor coming back in.


Forrest, Ralston, Oh, Summers and Turnbull came on as subs for Abada, Johnston, Kyogo, Hatate and O'Riley.


Unused subs were Siegrist, Bernabei, Welsh and Vata.


Maeda dropping out of the squad due to suspension, Haksabanovic dropping out through injury and Bain and Kobayashi also dropping out the squad. They were replaced in the squad by Siegrist, Johnston, Summers and Vata.


Best performers for xG were Oh, Kyogo and Jota with 1.2, 1.17 and 0.52 and they had a Post Shot xG of 1.79, 1.05 and 0.00. Starfelt had a Post Shot xG of 0.49 from an xG of 0.22.


Best performers for xA were McGregor, Jota and O'Riley with 0.54, 0.43 and 0.38.



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Tony@CelticTrends.com

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