Partick Thistle vs Ross County Match Analysis & Prediction
01/06/2023 10:00 pm
Ross County travel to Firhill Stadium to face Partick Thistle in the first leg of the Scottish Premiership relegation playoff on Thursday night.
While the hosts are seeking to secure promotion to the top flight for the first time in five years, the visitors are hoping to retain their Premiership status for a fourth successive season.
After finishing fourth in the regular Championship season, Partick Thistle have since navigated their way to the Premiership playoff through two victories over Queen’s Park (8-3) and Ayr United (8-0).
Kris Doolan’s side are unbeaten in each of their last seven home matches, while they came out on top in their last meeting with Ross County, claiming a 3-2 extra-time victory over the Staggies in their quarter-finals of the League Cup in September 2019.
Twelve months on from securing a top-six finish in the Premiership, Ross County find themselves fighting to survive in the top flight after finishing the regular 2022-23 campaign in 11th place, subsequently enteringn the relegation playoffs.
Ross County failed to win any of their final three matches, including a 3-1 final-day defeat at Kilmarnock last weekend, but managed to avoid an immediate demotion to the second tier as basement side Dundee United lost 3-2 against Motherwell.
The Staggies have been branded as underdogs throughout this season in the Premiershp, but head coach Malky Mackay is pleased with his side taking that title again for their two-legged encounter with high-flying Partick.
Ross County have won each of their last two league trips to Firhill Stadium, including a 4-2 Championship victory in their most recent visit in February 2019.
Partick Thistle vs. Ross County Head to head
In the 57 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, Partick have claimed 20 victories while Ross County have won 21, and they have drawn in 16. Ross County have scored 73 goals and conceded 77 in the process.
06/10/2018Partick Thistle0Ross County2Championship
22/12/2018Ross County2Partick Thistle0Championship
23/02/2019Partick Thistle2Ross County4Championship
13/04/2019Ross County0Partick Thistle0Championship
17/08/2019Partick Thistle(E)3Ross County2League Cup
Partick Thistle Team News
Partick Thistle midfielder Staurt Bannigan is fit to return to the squad on Thursday after recovering from a calf strain sustained in the first leg of their playoff semi-final.
Cammy Smith is also in contention to return after missing both legs of the contest against Ayr due to a groin issue, although the attacker is likely to begin as a substitute.
Partick Thistle's Last 5 Matches
05/05/2023Raith Rovers2Partick Thistle2Championship
09/05/2023Partick Thistle4Queen's Park3Playoffs 1/2
12/05/2023Queen's Park0Partick Thistle4Playoffs 1/2
19/05/2023Partick Thistle3Ayr United0Playoffs 1/2
26/05/2023Ayr United0Partick Thistle5Playoffs 1/2
Ross County Team News
Eamonn Brophy, Ross Callachan, Gwion Edwards and Ben Paton all remain sidelined for Ross County due to injury.
Alex Iacovitti returned from a spell on the sidelines to start and play for just over an hour last weekend, and the defender could retain his place in the back three alongside Jack Baldwin and Keith Watson.
Ross County's Last 5 Matches
13/05/2023Dundee United1Ross County3Premiership
24/05/2023Ross County3St Johnstone3Premiership
Partick Thistle vs. Ross County: Odds and Predictions
Double Chance: Partick Thistle or X
1000% Super Multi Bonus
Up to 10 times (1000%) larger winnings on bets placed during Happy HourCLAIM BONUS