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Livingston v Celtic (Match Preview)


Probabilities for the match are - Celtic 75%, Livingston 9% and 16% the draw.


Livingston are 9th in the league for average position of 41.2% and 12th for average accurate passes per match at 172. They are 11th for xG on 4.2 (they've scored 5 goals). For xG conceded they have only conceded 5.5 which is less than Celtic's 5.8 and they are 5th best for xG conceded. They have conceded 8 goals in total.


Livingston are top for fouls per match at 14.2.


They have 6 points in total and 5.3 xPts. Livingston were away to Ross County in their last game and they lined up with the following;

  • 1 Shamal George

  • 23 Luiyi Perez, 6 Ayo Obileye and 5 Michael Devlin

  • 12 Jamie Brandon, 18 Jason Holt, 22 Andrew Shinnie and 29 James Penrice

  • 10 Stephen Kelly, 9 Bruce Anderson and 19 Joel Nouble

Ex-Aberdeen player Devlin was signed from Hibs in the summer.


Subs used were ex Newcastle academy centre back Mohammed Sangare, centre forward Kurtis Guthrie, central midfielder Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick (signed from Rochdale) and centre back Tom Parkes.


Unused subs were goalkeeper Jack Hamilton, central midfielder Scott Pittman, left midfielder Daniel MacKay (who's on loan from Hibs), midfielder Samson Lawal and right winger Stephen Bradley.

Top for xG are Anderson (12th in SPFL) on 1.5 per 90 and Perez on 1.0 (24th).


Top for xA are Penrice (19th) on 0.8 per 90 and Shinnie (46th) on 0.4.


Perez is 3rd in the SPFL for clearances per 90 at 6.2 and 3rd for interceptions per 90 on 3.0.


Guthrie is 4th and Brandon is 5th for fouls per 90 on 3.1 and 3.0 and Brandon is 8th for successful tackles per 90 on 2.5.


Montana is 3rd in the league for possession won in the final 3rd with 1.9 per 90 and 6th for successful dribbles per 90 (3.1). Montana is out with a calf injury until late November.


Shamal George is 10th in the SPFL for goals prevented conceding 0.5 goals more than he should have and he is 9th for save percentage on 60%. In the game against Ross County there were two changes from the previous week with Kelly and Anderson coming in for Pittman and Guthrie.

In the game against Ross County best for xG were Nouble and Anderson on 0.07 each and best for xA were Obileye and Penrice on 0.04 each.


Shot map for the game below;

Livingston with only 5 shots at goal in the match. In the last game against Ross County away they drew 1-1 and had 0.17 xG for and 0.87 xG conceded. Their post shot xG was 0.82 while Ross County's was 1.78. Livingston's possession in the game was 43%.


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