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Celtic v Ross County (Preview)

Following Celtic’s third match of the season versus Motherwell Celtic now face their third match of the season against Ross County.

Probabilities for the match are Celtic 86%, Ross County 3% and 11% for the draw.

From an expected points point of view Ross County are bottom of the table.

They have been slightly unlucky against Aberdeen and Hearts however their highest xPts in a game has only been 1.82.

Below is their xPts trend for the season so far with the chart coloured coded to reflect the result of the game. IE Red was a defeat, amber a draw and green a win.

xPts taken from @srfootball_

Ross County play with 4 at the back and on Tuesday (versus Hibs) they played the following team in a 4-2-3-1 formation;

  • 1 Ross Laidlaw

  • 12 Callum Johnson, 15 Keith Watson, 6 Alex Iacovitti and 16 George Harmon

  • 4 David Cancola and 14 Viktor Loturi

  • 7 Owura Edwards, 22 Jordan Tillson and 10 Yan Dhanda

  • 26 Jordan White

Jordan White has an xG of 0.33 per 90 and George Harmon has an xA of 0.16 per 90.

Keith Watson has the most clearances per 90 at 9.4.

Ross County are 9th for possession at 43.8% and they are 3rd for accurate long ball per match at 30.5

Ross County’s PPDA for the season is 10.47 which is 7th in the league.

In the previous league game against Celtic Iacovitti had Ross County’s highest xG with 0.22.

Celtic are likely to line up;

  • Hart

  • Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Jenz and Bernabei

  • Turnbull, O’Riley and Hatate

  • Haksabanovic, Kyogo and Jota

That would be only the second time starting together for that front three (Shakhtar away the last) and could be the recipe for Kyogo signing off this first of the season with a nice wee hat-trick.

Celtic Trends 🍀📈⚽️

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