Dundee United will visit the Celtic Park on Sunday for their Scottish Premiership clash against Celtic. Dundee United are currently one point above Celtic on the table and have a total of 10 points from six games.
Celtic have not exactly had a great start to the season. They ended up losing 1-0 away at Livingston and it was the opposition’s first league win of the season. On the other hand, Postecoglou’s side have managed to pick up only 9 points from their first 6 league games, which has left them sitting in sixth.
No team has scored more goals than Celtic in the season so far. They have scored 16 goals till now while the second-highest scoring team is Hibernian with 12. They have a high xG per 90 minutes of 2.54 which is mainly because they scored 15 goals in three matches. But on the other hand, no team has conceded fewer goals either. Celtic have only conceded four goals but have lost every single match in which they have conceded a goal.
Ryan Christie has provided the most number of assists for Celtic so far. As seen in the above visual, four Celtic players are present in the top five for expected assists per 90. Celtic have been impressive offensively but their commitment in the final third gives the opposition the opportunity to attack on the break.
Dundee United have three wins and one draw from their six matches and have had a decent start to the season. Dundee United have performed well defensively and have only let in four goals and also have kept four clean-sheets. But one of the major concerns for Dundee United has been the lack of goals. Dundee United have only scored three goals in their six matches and have won all three matches with the scoreline 1-0.
The above visual is the Dundee United shot map for their previous match against Dundee FC. Despite dominating possession throughout the game, Dundee United failed to create any major chances in the first 80 minutes of the game. They were lucky to score a goal in the last 10 minutes and secure all three points. But it was observed their opponents created better chances which is why Dundee United had a lower xG. They only have four shots on goal from inside the penalty area and most of their attempts are a long way from goal.
The Dundee United midfielders lacked the creative spark and failed to provide any passes to their attackers which can cause a significant threat for the opposition. Most of their defenders have a high xT which means they are playing more final balls from their own half.
Dundee United will look to stop Celtic’s winning run at home and add more points to their tally for this season. Celtic on the other hand will want to get their performance on track after a disappointing start and try to move up the Scottish Premiership league table.