Kilmarnock v Ross County Betting Tips: County to get competitive
Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming Scottish Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Ross County.
Neither of these sides have anything left to play for this season going into this final match as both have secured safety for another season.
Given their poor form in the last couple of months which has seen them win just twice in their last nine matches, Kilmarnock probably cannot wait for the season to end. They have lost two out of the last three and that remainding match was a win against Inverness who are bottom of the table. It is pretty clear that the fight has pretty much gone now with players thinking of their holidays.
Killie have really struggled in the final third this campaign and they are the league’s second-lowest scorers with just 35 goals in 37 matches – one of only two teams to average under one goal per game. However, they have actually had their foot on the gas a bit more in the last couple of matches having found the back of the net three times in their last two outings. Although their defensive record is not one of the worst in the league, Kilmarnock have still struggled at the back this season with 54 goals against whilst they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three matches.
Interim manager Lee McCulloch has failed to improve the home form that has been a curse for Kilmarnock arguably since late 2014. Although they won last time out at Rugby Park, that was their first win on home soil in six matches and just their second of 2017. It is no wonder that they have the second-worst home record in the division with just 19 points taken from 18 matches.
In complete contrast to Kilmarnock, Ross County have been on a fantastic run of late with no defeats in their last seven matches, winning four of them. This has put them on 43 points but, given the table split that happens in the Scottish league towards the end of the campaign, they still sit in 7th despite having a point more than Partick Thistle in 6th at the time of writing.
Unlike Kilmarnock, The Stags have been fantastic in front of goal both recently and throughout the course of the season. They have found the back of the net in each of their last 11 matches and their Goals For total of 46 is not only the best in their half of the table but also better than Partick Thistle who currently sit just above them. Of course much of this is down to striker Liam Boyce who has found the back of the net 21 times this season, including four times in Ross County’s recent match against Inverness. They have perhaps had a few problems at the back of late with just two clean sheets in their last ten, however, the fact they can score goals for fun enables them to pick up a decent number of victories.
The Highlanders’ have been rather inconsistent on their travels all season and, given this is their last away match of the season, they will not have recorded any back-to-back wins across all competitions this campaign. Having said that, once again, their goal-scoring prowess comes to the fore with County having scored in each of their last six away matches.
With this being a dead rubber, it really could go either way. If it was a more meaningful game I would certainly back Ross County but, in these circumstances, I am hesitant to do so. Having said that, I still expect them to score on Saturday which can be had at the fantastic price of 21/10. The fact that County have scored in each of the last 13 meetings between these two sides makes it very hard to fancy this selection, especially at the price on offer.
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