Kick off: Saturday 3pm
Ross County make their SPL bow tomorrow and manager Derek Adams is saying all the right things.
“From our point of view we could’ve had an easier game” is how he described their opening day fixture. And in a show of mutual, if somewhat predictable, appreciation his thought’s were echoed by Motherwell boss Stuart McCall, “We couldn’t have been given a tougher start”.
So with the verbal back-scratching over with who’ll come out on top when the action starts?
Despite being the new boys the bookies clearly respect this County team who went through last season unbeaten in 34 matches – no mean feat in any division – installing them at a best price of 7/4 (Ladbrokes, William Hill) to win. Not forgetting their Scottish Cup final appearance the season before they should be well equipped to hold their own in the SPL and on the first day of the season could catch Motherwell cold.
‘Well have to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Panathinaikos on Tuesday and there may be some truth in McCall’s respectful overtones towards County. It won’t just be the team on the park that causes his food for thought but also the round trip form Lanarkshire to Dingwall ahead of a long trek to Greece in midweek.
The Steelemen fluffed their lines in front of goal on Tuesday and they’ll need to get their shooting boots on to come away with three points from up north. BetVictor go 7/4 that they’ll do just that.
At a push I’d side with County to make a splash and spring an early-season surprise but my main bet will be on goals. Both teams like to push forward, creating chances but also leaving some room at the back. Sure Motherwell drew a blank in midweek but they created chances and can do so again.