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Ross County vs Partick Thistle Preview

Ross County vs Partick Thistle

Competition – Scottish Premiership

Stadium – Global Energy Stadium

Date: 23rd December 2016

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Live in-play betting – bet365

Ross County goalkeeper Scott Fox is not fooled by former club Partick Thistle’s position at the foot of the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Thistle travel to Dingwall on Friday aiming for a victory that would take them off the bottom and put them two points behind sixth-placed County.

Ross County are on an unbeaten six-match run but Fox knows they will need to be at their best against the Maryhill team.

“They are a good side. We know they are a good side,” Fox said. “We played them down there and to be fair they had the lion’s share of possession and created a few chances and we were probably lucky to get a draw out of it.

“We know the league is tight and all games are going to be hard and I think their position right now is not where they should be – they should be a wee bit higher.

“We know it’s going to be tough but we hope to take our confidence from the run we have been on and hopefully we get the win.”

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald has called for an early decision to be made on their Dingwall trip for the sake of supporters amid storm warnings.

Winds of up to 90mph are expected to strike Scotland on Friday and an amber “be prepared” warning has been issued for the Highlands by the Met Office.

Thistle will set off early on Friday, but Archibald does not want fans to be put at risk by needlessly embarking on a 365-mile round trip in dangerous conditions so close to Christmas.

Archibald said: “My biggest concern is for the fans. We will prepare as normal and leave earlier because we have pre-match (meal). As far as we are concerned the game is on and we will go with that. All we have had is the weather warnings.

“It’s the fans you feel for, the timing of it, the journey, and the dangerous weather conditions.

“My viewpoint is, if it’s a danger for the fans, it shouldn’t be on. But it’s a decision that has got to be made early. As long as people know in advance and people aren’t travelling and risking their safety for no reason.”

The Scottish Professional Football League is working on the assumption that the four Premiership games will go ahead as scheduled on Friday night with no plans in place for postponements.

Archibald said: “It’s a hard one at the moment. We will see what the weather brings, because it’s just a forecast and it can change very, very quickly.

“But as long as we are not putting anybody at risk safety-wise then we will not ask questions yet.”

Archibald will set up his team with the strong winds firmly in his thought process.

“You’ve got to take it into consideration in how you will play and how you set up,” he said. “It was windy there last week, I watched their game back against Aberdeen and it played a part in that game as well.

“The players are aware of that, we showed them video clips of that game. We need to make sure we are set up for whatever the weather throws at us.”

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

 
Ross County last 5 matches (most recent first):
17/12/16 (h)Aberdeen 2-1 W
10/12/16 (a)Dundee 0-0 D
03/12/16 (h)Heart of Midlothian 2-2 D
26/11/16 (h)Hamilton Academical 1-1 D
19/11/16 (a)St Johnstone 2-4 W
 
Partick Thistle last 5 matches (most recent first):
20/12/16 (a)Celtic 1-0 L
17/12/16 (a)Heart of Midlothian 1-1 D
09/12/16 (h)Celtic 1-4 L
03/12/16 (a)Hamilton Academical 1-1 D
26/11/16 (h)Rangers 1-2 L

Last time they met: Partick Thistle 1-1 Ross County

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Scottish Premiership:

March 31, 2017
Dundee 19:45 Aberdeen
April 1, 2017
Hamilton Acade… 15:00 St. Johnstone
Rangers 15:00 Motherwell
Partick Thistle 15:00 Ross County
Inverness CT 15:00 Kilmarnock
April 2, 2017
Hearts 12:30 Celtic
April 4, 2017
Aberdeen 19:45 Inverness CT
Ross County 19:45 Dundee
April 5, 2017
Celtic 19:45 Partick Thistle
St. Johnstone 19:45 Hearts
Kilmarnock 19:45 Rangers
Motherwell 19:45 Hamilton Acade…
April 8, 2017
Hamilton Acade… 15:00 Ross County
Hearts 15:00 Dundee
Partick Thistle 15:00 Motherwell
Inverness CT 15:00 St. Johnstone
Celtic 15:00 Kilmarnock
April 9, 2017
Aberdeen 12:30 Rangers
April 14, 2017
Kilmarnock 19:45 Hearts

Scottish Premiership Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Celtic 29 27 2 0 76 18 +58 83
2 Aberdeen 29 18 4 7 53 24 +29 58
3 Rangers 29 14 8 7 42 33 +9 50
4 St. Johnstone 29 12 7 10 39 37 +2 43
5 Hearts 29 11 8 10 50 37 +13 41
6 Partick Thistle 29 8 10 11 31 34 -3 34
7 Kilmarnock 29 7 11 11 28 45 -17 32
8 Dundee 29 8 6 15 32 41 -9 30
9 Ross County 29 6 10 13 31 48 -17 28
10 Motherwell 29 7 6 16 33 57 -24 27
11 Inverness CT 29 4 12 13 33 53 -20 24
12 Hamilton Acade… 29 4 12 13 26 47 -21 24

Scottish Premiership Results

March 19, 2017
Dundee 1 - 2 Celtic
March 18, 2017
Motherwell 1 - 2 St. Johnstone
Inverness CT 1 - 1 Ross County
Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Partick Thistle
Rangers 4 - 0 Hamilton Acade…
Aberdeen 2 - 0 Hearts
March 12, 2017
Celtic 1 - 1 Rangers
March 11, 2017
Partick Thistle 1 - 1 Inverness CT
Hearts 4 - 0 Hamilton Acade…
Aberdeen 1 - 0 Motherwell
St. Johnstone 2 - 0 Dundee
Ross County 1 - 2 Kilmarnock
March 4, 2017
Kilmarnock 1 - 2 Motherwell
March 1, 2017
Inverness CT 0 - 4 Celtic
Hearts 0 - 1 Ross County
Dundee 0 - 1 Partick Thistle
Rangers 3 - 2 St. Johnstone
February 28, 2017
Hamilton Acade… 1 - 0 Aberdeen

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