Ross County

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Global Energy Stadium

31/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

Aberdeen

V

Global Energy Stadium

31/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: It’s a case of bottom versus third from top on Wednesday, as Ross County host Aberdeen at Victoria Park.

Last time: It took a penalty from Kenny McLean for Aberdeen to overcome Ross County at Pittodrie, with the Staggies drawing first blood. Ryan Christie equalised four minutes after Michael Gardyne broke the deadlock early in the first half.

This time: Ross County are 4/1 to win, Aberdeen 8/11 and a draw 13/5.

You might remember: A 4-0 away win to Ross County in the 2015/16 campaign. Despite ending the season in identical positions to those they’re in this week, the Dons were humiliated after Brian Graham opened the floodgates for Andrew Boyce and Martin Woods to score, as well as a stunning overhead goal from Alex Shalk.

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A view of Victoria Park where Ross County play their home games

Bizarrely, considering the two’s respective fortunes over the past few years, matches between Ross County and Aberdeen have been closely fought affairs. In the last four meetings, the Dons have won by just one goal, with the Staggies winning the match before that.

Aberdeen are 8/11 to come out on top, and the two sides’ form suggests that this would be a highly likely outcome. Level with Rangers on points, McInnes’ side can’t afford to slip up against the Premiership’s bottom side, and will be looking to take advantage of their rival’s cup match.

Ross County are 4/1 to win, and will be hoping to replicate last season’s success in this fixture. Coyle will be hoping that the home advantage will be sufficient enough to overcome his side’s recent run of poor form.

A draw is 13/5, a result that we haven’t seen between the two since the 2013/14 season. However, given how close the sides’ recent matches have been, it’s a far more realistic proposition that that statistic suggests, especially considering the Dons’ goalkeeping problem.

Craig Curran is 5/4 to score anytime, with five goals for the Staggies already this season, including three in his last seven games. The forward has made a habit of scoring against high quality opposition, including a strike against Wednesday’s opponents in the first game of the season.

Rooney is 5/4 to score at anytime against Ross County and will be the highest scoring player on the pitch on Wednesday. With six league goals to his name so far this season, the forward will be looking to end his unwanted run of three games without a goal.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Niall McGinn. The Northern Irish international has returned to Ross County for a second spell, and marked his first start with an outstanding performance. The forward followed up an assist with a fine finish to ensure that his side beat Kilmarnock. McGinn is 13/2 to score last once again.

2

We fancy:

Aberdeen to win and Rooney to score at 16/5. Back the striker to get back to scoring ways as the Dons keep up the pressure on Rangers for second place.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Schalke to score first at 11/1. The tricky midfielder scored recently against St Johnstone and will have memories of his wonder goal against Aberdeen last season.

Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.