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Ross County v Partick – Premiership

Ross County v Partick - Premiership

Ross County continued their excellent run of form last time out by beating Aberdeen despite being down to ten-men. They will fight again for victory in this game, knowing they can open up an eight-point lead over Partick at the foot of the table, which should ease their relegation concerns. They will take the game to Partick with a direct style of play, with striker Boyce in good scoring form. They have problems in the wide attacking areas with the important Gardyne ruled out with a hamstring injury picked up against Aberdeen last time out. He joins fellow winger Burke on the sidelines, with the summer signing continuing to struggle with the effects of a virus. County are boosted by the return of McEveley from suspension at full-back and he replaces the now banned van der Weg.

Partick Thistle could make changes to the side that worked hard defensively on Tuesday evening against Celtic, but they don’t have any fresh injury concerns. Devine and Barton were both doubts before that game but came through it unscathed and should both start. Boss Alan Archibald will take the stormy conditions into consideration before naming his side. Partick can take some positives from their midweek 1-0 defeat away to Celtic, with only poor finishing preventing them from grabbing a point. They created some clear chances in the game but must improve in front of goal if they’re to climb the table. They will fight hard to avoid defeat here and confidence hasn’t been knocked, with the squad feeling that they are in a false position in the league.

 

Verdict & Prediction

Ross County battled until the final minutes to record a tremendous 2-1 win over Aberdeen last time out, even playing the final stages with ten men. The victory continued the exceptional form shown by the Dingwall outfit and confidence is high coming into their match against Partick. Ross County will go all out for a victory that will open up an eight-point gap between the sides and leave County looking towards the top end of the table. With Partick also in good form of late and with high winds expected, there may be an acceptance of a draw, but victory will be the aim. Partick were unfortunate losers in midweek, going down 1-0 to Celtic despite creating numerous clear-cut chances in the game. They will take heart and many positives from the performance, with a feeling amongst the squad that they are in a false position at the bottom of the table. After putting in such effort on Tuesday evening against Celtic there may be some tired legs among the players as they face Ross County. Although there should be some rotations, the heavy schedule is likely to have an effect on the team, with a draw considered a good result given the circumstances.

Prediction: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.97 Pinnacle (2.01 188bet)

 

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