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Ross County v Celtic (Match Preview)

Probabilities for the match are - Celtic 78%, St Mirren 8% and 14% the draw. Interesting to see Celtic the same probability for Ross County away as it was for St Mirren home on Wednesday.

Ross County are 10th in the league on 10pts. Their xPts are 9.88. They are 11th for xG on 9.7 (11 goals scored) and they are 9th for xGA on 16 (17 goals conceded).

Below is their xPts trends graph per game which shows they were potentially unlucky with their draw against Livingston but possibly lucky in their win against Kilmarnock.

Ross County were away to Hibernian in their last game (on Tuesday) and they lined up with the following;

  • 1 Laidlaw

  • 4 Brown, 5 Baldwin, 42 Leak and 3 Purrington

  • 7 Turner, 6 Allardice, 2 Randall and 14 Loturi

  • 27 Brophy and 15 Murray

Subs used were midfielder Dhanda, defender Harmon, striker Samuel, striker White and defender Nightingale.

Unused subs were goalkeeper Munro, defender Smith, midfielder Shead and midfielder High.

Injured were Paton, Reid and Callachan.

  • 31 year old goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw has conceded 17 goals from an expected 20.3 which is 2nd in SPFL and he has a 68.5% save percentage which is 7th.

  • Irish right back James Brown was signed in the summer from Blackburn.

  • 30 year old centre back Jack Baldwin has scored 4 goals in 80 appearances.

  • Centre back Ryan Leak came up through the Wolves academy and has played for Wales Under 17's. He is their top rated player on 7.32

  • Left back Ben Purrington had 115 appearances for Charlton before signing in the summer of 2022.

  • Midfielder Kyle Turner was signed in the summer from Partick Thistle.

  • Midfielder Scott Allardice was signed in the summer from Inverness and he has played for Scotland Under 19's.

  • Midfielder Connor Randall was brought up through the Liverpool academy.

  • Left midfielder Vinton Loturi has played for the Canadian national team.

  • Eamonn Brophy was on loan from St Mirren last season

  • 31 year old Simon Murray has scored 13 goals in 32 games since signing from Queen's Park in January.

Murray is top for Ross County for xG on 2.2 (3 goals scored) which is 23rd in the SPFL and White is 26th on 1.8 (2 goals scored). They are 32nd and 42nd for xG per 90 on 0.28 and 0.24.

Dhanda and Brown are the best for Ross County on xA with 1.7 (2 assists) 12th in SPFL and 1.0 (0 assists) 35th in the SPFL.

Shop map for the last match against Hibernian is below. They had 8 shots with an xG of 0.52 and Post Shot xG of 0.21 and they drew the match 2-2.

White was St Mirren's biggest contributor to Non Penalty xG last season with 24.4% of their NP xG coming from him.

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