Ross County will host Livingston at Global Energy Stadium in Round 26 of the Scottish Premiership. The hosts sit in the tenth position and have earned three points less than their opponents. However, Ross County are on a three-match unbeaten streak and won their previous game against Dundee. Livingston won their previous match against Aberdeen and have won two of the last three games. The last meeting between the two teams in the league ended in a 1-1 draw.
Ross County have won six games this season and scored 37 goals. They are only behind Celtic and Rangers in the goal-scoring chart. The xG rate of the team is 30.16. However, the home team has the worst defensive record and have conceded 43 goals with an xGA of 34.95.
The above shot map shows all the 240 shots attempted by Ross County players. They have managed to hit the target 103 times this season. A total of 146 shots have been attempted from outside the opposition’s penalty box, and 70 have been on target. The team has a high shot accuracy rate from inside the box. Regan Charles-Cook is their top goal-scorer with 11 goals. The forward has attempted 36 shots and carries the highest xG rate for his team.
David Cancola is out with a groin injury and is once again expected to miss this match. The manager might name an unchanged starting XI after their display against Dundee FC.
Livingston have earned eight victories, two more than their opponents. They have scored 24 goals with an xG rate of 22.19. Their xG rate is only slightly better than that of Dundee FC and St. Johnstone. In return, the team has conceded 32 goals with an xGA of 34.47. The biggest struggle for Livingston as well as Ross County is making passes into the opposition’s penalty area.
Livingston players have attempted 211 shots this season, and 71 of them have been on target. 131 shots have been attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box, with 51 shots on target. Livingston have attempted the least shots from outside the opposition’s penalty box in the league. Bruce Anderson is the highest goal-scorer with eight goals. Alan Forrest has attempted the most shots and has the highest xG rate for his team.
Tom Parkes is still out due to injury and will miss this clash. Christian Montana was sent off in the last game and will be suspended for this match. Scott Pitman and Odin Bailey could return to the starting XI.
Both teams have struggled for points throughout this season. Ross County have scored more goals than their opponents but have conceded the most goals. Livingston, on the other hand, have also struggled for goals. Both teams will look to earn all three points to increase their chances of a top-half finish.