Dundee Utd v Celtic (Match Preview)
Probabilities for the match are Celtic 76%, Dundee Utd 8% and 16% for the draw.
In Dundee Utd’s last league game (away to Hibernian) they lined up with the following;
Mark Birighitti (1)
Liam Smith (2), Ryan Edwards (12) and Scott McMann (3)
Kieran Freeman (22), Craig Sibbald (14), Arnaud Djoum (10) and Aziz Behich (16)
Ian Harkes (23) and Glenn Middleton (15)
Steven Fletcher (9)
in a 3-4-3 formation.
Against Celtic in November the only change from the above was Jamie McGrath instead of Middleton.
Against Hibernian Midfielders Jamie McGrath and Peter Pawlett came on as subs for Fletcher and Sibbald. Unused subs were goalkeeper Carljohan Eriksson, ex-Celt defender Charlie Mulgrew, defender Ross Graham, midfielder Ilmari Niskanen, midfielder Archie Meekison, forward Mathew Cudjoe and 16 year old forward Rory MacLeod.
In the game against Celtic in November Birighitti had the most passes with 32 and Fletcher was the outfield Dundee Utd player with the most passes at 23.
xG in that game in November was 3.07 for Celtic and 1.05 for Dundee Utd with Fletcher having 0.88 of Dundee Utd’s 1.05 xG. Fletcher’s Post Shot xG was 0.83.
Fletcher is 15th in the league for xG on 0.39 per 90.
Middleton is their best for creating chances at 0.16 xA per 90 and that is 34th best in the league.
Below is the xPts for each Dundee Utd game this season.
In a four game spell in October they had over 1.5 xPts in three of those 4 games (v St Johnstone, Aberdeen and Ross County) and in the other game (v Hibernian) they managed a win even though xPts were only 0.78.
Despite having some very good players like Steven Fletcher and Dylan Levitt they are languishing 10th in the league. They are 11th in the xPts table, 11th for xG and 10th for xGA.
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