St Johnstone 1
(Abada 9 & 22, Bitton 82)
Before kick off our probabilities of winning the game were 70%, a defeat 9% and draw 21%.
Celtic had 78% possession and 180 touches in the last 15 minutes still going strong at the end.
Overall possession was 72% in Celtic's favour with 862 touches versus 438. For accurate passes it was 582 v 151 with accuracy being 87% v 59%.
Our team line up was;
- 1 Barkas
- 57 Welsh, 20 Carter-Vickers and 4 Starfelt
- 88 Juranovic, 18 Rogic, 16 McCarthy, 6 Bitton and 5 Scales
- 11 Abada and 8 Kyogo
There was a formation change for the first time for Ange and a 3-5-2. The formation change was most likely due to the injury situation but the fact it worked could mean we see it again in the future.
Possibly during a game when we are struggling against a low block.
There were 5 changes to the team that played against St Mirren with Barkas, Starfelt, Juranovic, McCarthy and Kyogo coming in for Bain, Ralston, McGregor, Johnston and Moffat.
Joey Dawson (promoted from Celtic B team) and Adam Montgomery came on as subs for Kyogo and Scales. Unused subs were Mullen, Bolingoli, Soro, Moffat and Doak. If Ben Doak had played he would have been the youngest ever player to play for Celtic.
Carter-Vickers had the most touches at 141 and 13.2% of the possession. Carter-Vickers had the most accurate passes at 118 and the highest accuracy was Starfelt with 95% if you exclude Kyogo's 100% as he only played 15 minutes.
Rogic had 6 key passes while Juranovic had 5 and Bitton had 3.
Abada 9/9,1 was the highest rated played with Juranovic 8.1/8.06, Rogic 7.7/8.74 and Bitton 8.4/8.64 all just behind him.
xG by player was Abada 1.95, Scales 0.54, Dawson 0.44, Bitton 0.32, Rogic 0.17, Juranovic 0.11, Kyogo 0.08 and Welsh 0.04.
As mentioned in the St Mirren match report Abada had 10 touches in the box and 4 touches in the box versus Ross County. Against St Johnstone he had 11 touches in the box and 10 shots in total at 0.195 xG per shot.
Abada's shot map to the right with 6 of the 10 on target.
An xG total of 1.95 is very impressive as is his Post Shot xG of 2.29.
St Johnstone had 5 shots at goal to Celtic's 25 with box shots being 16 and 3.
Aerials won was 57% v 43% in Celtic's favour and tackles won was 89% for Celtic and 81% for St Johnstone.
xG split by half was;
- 1st half 0.08 v 2.58
- 2nd half 0.17 v 0.79
0.37 (11%) of Celtic's xG was from set plays and 0 (0%) of St Johnstone's xG was from set plays.
Post Shot xG was 0.52v3.32 versus pre-shot of 0.25v3.37
As per the norm the majority of Celtic's attacks were down the left as 40% were down that side and 30% down the right hand side.
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