Ross County vs Partick by Luke
Ross County comes from a victory taken last weekend in front of own fans against Aberdeen with a 2:1 result, surely an important victory for them since the team climbed up to sixth position at the table which leads to the play-off stage. Their victory was well deserved this time out, as the hosts took the lead in 26th minute with a goal from Boyce, but suffered equalizer in 68th when McGinn scored.
Players of Ross County were even playing with a man less since 82nd when van der Weg got excluded with a direct red card, but took the initiative and they were awarded for the fighting spirit with a winning goal in 88th minute via Schalk. Overall, home team was much more concrete in front of opponents goal and deserved the lead even before staying with a man less. This was sixth consecutive undefeated match for Ross County, as the team has two victories and four draws, being in quite a decent form now. They broke in the top six at the table and need to get a victory here, in order to establish themselves there if possible and continue their good momentum.
Home teams hould be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Gardyne, Boyce and Curran as forwards. Midfielder Chris Burke was out for couple of matches because of sickness, but he should be fine for this one. The squad is fully fit.
Partick continues with their poor form, but this time the team actually made some positive things on the field, but still stood defeated to way more stronger and superior Celtic away from home last Tuesday evening with a 1:0 result. Only goal was scored in sixteenth minute via Sinclair, with Celtic remaining much better side for the most of the game, while players of Partick did threaten on several moments.
This was seventh consecutive match without a victory for Partick, as the team earned just two points in these seven rounds, as the team remained at the rock bottom position now alone, having earned fifteen points in first eighteen rounds. Still, they are just five points below play-off placed Ross County and a lot could be changed in case the team improves. Away from home the team is without a victory in last four matches, having two draws and two defeats.
Midfielders Fraser and Bannigan are out due knee injuries, while goalkeeper Scully sustained shoulder injury. Defender Dumbuya should be returning to the team soon, but this matches should come early for him. They are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Doolan as number nine, plus Azeez, Edwards and Elliot behind him as offensive midfielders.
Players of Ross County are showing much more in previous weeks and remain favorites in my eyes for this one. They are way more concrete with the ball to their feet and more dangerous in every situation. Draw can't be completely excluded, but there's no doubt for me that the home team has much more chances to take all three points than what the current odds suggest.