Preview (Celtic v Dundee Utd)
Dundee Utd have played 12 games so far this season 6 in the league cup and 6 in the league. They won 4 of their league cup games and won 3 of their league games including a 1-0 win against Rangers. In the other 3 league games they drew 1 and lost 2.
Their line up for the last 2 games has been 4-5-1 with 9 of the same players. The changes were in goals and at right back.
Their average player positions for their last two league games are below.
In goals they have Swiss born 1 Benjamin Siegrist who has had 112 appearances for Dundee Utd and ex-Motherwell goalkeeper 16 Trevor Carson. Siegrist being the choice for the last league game versus Dundee and Carson being on the bench.
At right back is 28 Kerr Smith a 16 year old who made his debut in the Dundee derby and 2 Liam Smith who has played 77 games for Dundee Utd, scoring 1 goal. Liam Smith has an xA of 0.39 for the season and Kerr Smith has an xG of 0.08 for the season.
At right centre back is 12 Ryan Edwards who they signed from Blackpool in at the start of last season and he has 43 appearances and 4 goals. He has an xG of 0.09 for the season.
At left centre back is ex-Celt 4 Charlie Mulgrew who they signed from Blackburn on a free transfer this summer. He has 11 appearances and 1 goal for them. He has an xG of 0.29 for the season so far.
At left back is 33 Scott McMann who they signed from Hamilton this summer and he has 3 appearances and 0 goals. He had 181 appearances for Hamilton and scored 4 goals. He has an xA of 0.11 for the season so far.
7 Ilmari Niskanen is a Finnish midfielder who plays wide right of a midfield 5 and he's only had 2 appearances after signing from German club Ingolstadt in the summer. He has an xG of 0.05 for the season so far.
American 23 Ian Harkes has 103 appearances and 5 goals for Dundee Utd. He has an xG of 0.93 and an xA of 0.19 for the league games this season. He has an xG of 0.93 and an xA of 0.19 for the season so far.
18 Calum Butcher signed from Mansfield and he has 89 appearances and 5 goals. He has an xG of 0.08 and an xA of 0.46 for the season so far.
Cameroon midfielder 66 Jeando Fuchs signed from Spanish side Deportivo Alaves last year and he has 34 appearances and 0 goals. He has an xA of 0.04 for the season so far.
Ex-Aberdeen player 8 Peter Pawlett has 80 appearances and 9 goals. He has an xG of 0.61 and an xA of 0.69 for the season so far with the xA figure being the highest in the team.
9 Marc McNulty is currently on loan from Reading and he has 36 appearances and 5 goals for Dundee Utd and he had a brief spell with Hibs in the beginning of 2020 and the beginning of 2019. He has an xG of 1.04 and an xA of 0.5 for the season so far with the xG figure being the highest in the team.
22 Kieran Freeman (0.03 xG), 27 Louis Appere (0.4 xG & 0.03 xA), 19 Dylan Levitt (0.14 xG), 10 Nicky Clark (0.03 xG & 0.52 xA) and 5 Mark Connolly were all used substitutes in the last 2 league games.
On average match ratings their best rated players of the season are McMann (7.3 FotMob & 7.65 WhoScored), Harkes (7.2 & 7.03) and Jamie Robson (6.87 & 7.17) Against both Dundee and St Mirren 40% of their attacks came down the left hand side with 28% and 32% down the right hand side. Last season 23.6% of Dundee Utd's xG came from Set Plays which was the 3rd lowest and only Celtic and Rangers being lower. Given our tendency to lose goals form Set Plays this can only be a good thing.
Last season our NP xG in our 3 games against Dundee Utd was 2.59, 2.04 and 3.08 with 2 of the games being played at Tannadice. Dundee Utd's NP xG was 0.4, 0.72 and 1.1.
Match probabilities are;
- Celtic 80%
- Dundee Utd 6%
- a draw 14%
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