Friday 5 April: 7.05pm KO
Ross County top the Scottish Championship by five points from their opponents Dundee United. They have a game in hand and a win against their rivals on Friday evening will all but give them the title. A win for United would mean a tense end to the season.
It’s looking good for Ross County as they bid to win the Scottish Championship title. SportPesa have odds of 1/9 (1.11) on a title victory for County but that could all change if they were to lose this match against Dundee United.
Ross County have had a few jitters in the last few weeks with two defeats in their last four games. They lost 1-0 away to Dundee United which wasn’t an unexpected result. More shocking was their defeat away to Alloa Athletic who are bottom of the league.
Both defeats were on their travels and at home it’s a different story. Each of their last six home league games have been won and it’s 6/5 (2.2) at Betfair on them winning this game against Dundee United. Victory would take them eight points clear with a game in hand and needing only four more points to secure the title, perhaps even less.
Dundee United will be going all-out to stop that happening and if they can cut the deficit to two points, then it’s game on. Otherwise it’ll be the play-offs for them and that would involve having to beat the team that finish one-from-bottom in the Scottish Premiership, if they get that far. The odds on them winning the Scottish Championship are 7/1 (8.0) at William Hill.
Their current form is three wins and two defeats in their last five league games. Their hopes of winning the title weren’t helped when losing 2-1 at home to Queen of the South at the weekend. Only two of their last eight away league games have been won and that’s not going to win them the title is it? It’s 12/5 (3.4) at Bet365 that they win this match.
The last two league games between these sides have both ended in a 1-0 win for Dundee United. You can get odds of 10/1 (11.0) at Ladbrokes on that being the score on Friday. It’s not been one-way traffic this season as County won 5-1 away at Dundee United in September leading to the United boss being sacked.
Ross County will be without top scorer Billie McKay.
Low Scoring Affair?
As just mentioned, the last two games between these sides have had under 1.5 goals scored in them. A repeat of that happening on Friday is 14/5 (3.8) at BetVictor. The odds on under 2.5 goals in this game are 10/11 (1.91) at Betfred. That has been the case in two of the last three Dundee United away games and four of the last seven Ross County home matches.
Mullin on the Mark?
Joshua Mullin is in good form at present with three goals in the last three games, including two against GAP Connah’s Quay when winning the IRN-BRU Cup Final. He’s 3/1 (4.0) at Paddy Power to score in this game and 10/1 (11.0) at MoPlay to score the first goal.
Ross County had to come from behind to win that IRN-BRU Cup Final. Could that happen in this game? There are odds of 10/1 (11.0) on them coming from behind to win this game.
It’s a vital game for both sides and Dundee United know that they have to go to Ross County and come away with a win. Failure to do so will leave them with little chance of being able to catch their rivals. Winning at Ross County is something they have already done but their current form, particularly on their travels isn’t inspiring. County have excellent home form and a bet on them winning with over 1.5 goals in the game is available at 17/10 (2.7) at Paddy Power.