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Motherwell v Celtic (Match Preview)

Probabilities for the match are - Celtic 73%, Motherwell 10% and 14% the draw. Motherwell are 4th in the league with 10 points but for xG and xGA they are 9th and 9th. They are 2nd in the league for successful tackles per 90 at 11.3. Motherwell were away to Rangers in their last game and they lined up with the following;

  • 1 Liam Kelly

  • 16 Paul McGinn, 5 Bevis Mugabi and 15 Dan Casey

  • 2 Stephen O'Donnell, 38 Lennon Miller, 12 Harry Paton and 22 Brodie Spencer

  • 8 Callum Slattery, 14 Theo Bair and 7 Blair Spittal

Irish youth cap Casey was signed in February from Sacramento from the MSL. 17 year old Miller has 16 caps for Scotland Under 17's and is a very hot prospect. Paton was signed from Ross County in March. Spencer is on loan from Huddersfield. Bair was signed from St Johnstone in the summer.

Subs used were striker Oli Shaw who is on loan from Barnsley, striker Conor Wilkinson who was signed from Walsall in the summer and midfielder Georgie Grant who is on loan from Blackburn.

Unused subs were keeper Oxborough, defender Blaney, defender Wilson, midfielder Zdravkovski, midfielder McGinley and striker Ferrie.

Butcher, Obika, Biereth and Souare were all out injured. Top for xG are Slattery (32nd in SPFL) on 0.3 per 90 and Wilkinson on 0.20 (39th)

Top for xA are Spittal (8th) on 0.25 and O'Donnell on 0.12 (44th).

Mugabi and Casey are 7th and 8th for blocks per 90 and Mugabi is 1st for clearances per 90 (7.7).

In the game against Rangers best for xG were Shaw on 0.41 and Spittal on 0.13 and best for xA were O'Donnell on 0.26 and Spittal on 0.13. Shot map for the game below;

In this game Motherwell had 0.72 xG and 0.74 Post Shot xG with Rangers on 1 xG and 0.8 Post Shot xG. Motherwell had 38% possession in the game.

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