PREVIEW | Ross County v Saints

It's destination Dingwall tomorrow in the Ladbrokes Premiership as Saints look to make it four wins on the bounce in all competitions against Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium.

It will be the fourth meeting between the sides this season with County winning the first in the Betfred Cup before the clubs played out two score draws in the league.

Saints go into the match on the back of an important 2-1 victory over Motherwell in midweek whilst tomorrow's hosts lost 3-0 away to Hibernian at Easter Road.

Tommy Wright's men are currently 8th in the Premiership table, five points and one place above Ross County in 9th.


TEAM NEWS

Michael O'Halloran returned to full training on Thursday and should be fit enough to make the squad travelling to Dingwall tomorrow afternoon.

The winger has missed the past two matches through an injury sustained in the 1-0 victory against Aberdeen at Pittodrie earlier in the month.

Liam Craig is a doubt for the match having come off with a knock during the midweek win against Motherwell. The veteran midfielder missed training today and will be assessed ahead of tomorrow.

Murray Davidson remains out with a fractured arm.


PRE-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE

The Manager: "We have a good record up there historically but it's always a tough game.

"We don't take anything for granted. County are a stronger side at home and they have good quality in their team.

"They've invested in the January window too, adding Donaldson and Shaw in particular, and they'll be determined to try and get three points themselves to get themselves away from the bottom two places.

"We should have won all three games against them this season. The defeat in the Betfred Cup was disappointing as we should have been 4-0 up at half-time!

"Up there we played really well in the 2-2 draw but to their credit they stuck in and scored a great equaliser to get a point.

"We'll be focused on what we need to do and I'm confident we can come back down the road on Saturday night with a result.

"Liam Craig will be a doubt and he's the only new concern following Wednesday night's match.

"Michael O'Halloran trained today so he'll be available and obviously we've got the long-term absentee in Murray Davidson but I've got a strong squad available to me tomorrow."


SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Entry to the stadium is ticket only and tickets can be purchased from the Club Shop/Ticket Office on matchday.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult - £25
  • Over 65s, Students, Disabled Supporters - £10
  • U18s - £5

Saints fans will be located in the East Stand Extension section of the Global Energy Stadium on Saturday.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

It's the third meeting of the season between the clubs and the second in the league.

Back in July, despite dominating the match Saints lost 1-2 at McDiarmid Park in the group stage of the Betfred Cup.

Scott Tanser put Saints in front that day but a Billy McKay doubled sealed a win for the Highlanders and knocked Tommy Wright's men out of the competition.

In October, an early Joe Chalmers goal was cancelled out by Stevie May before Matty Kennedy put Saints ahead in the second half.

The hosts salvaged a point that day - Blair Spittal scoring a fantastic free-kick - in what was a tough result for Saints to take.

And the third meeting of the season came at McDiarmid Park in the final game of 2019. It was a match that Saints had dominated but somehow found themselves 0-1 down to an Iain Vigurs goal on 72 minutes.

Callum Hendry was the hero that afternoon grabbing a late goal to secure a point before Brian Graham saw red in stoppage time.

Tomorrow will be the 53rd meeting in all competitions between the clubs with Saints winning 20 compared to County's 11. The fixture has ended all square on 21 occasions.


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