Friday, 1 March 2013
Ross County v Inverness CT Preview
Scottish Premier League
Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Saturday 2nd March - 3pm
This weekend sees the fourth Highland Derby of the season, when Inverness CT visit Victoria Park for the rearranged SPL match.
This match was originally scheduled to take place on 2nd January, but the game was cancelled due to the weather back then, but with the weather looking fair for the weekend there will be no problems this time round.
There has been a big turn around in the fortunes of both clubs since the original scheduled date, back then ICT were sitting second in the league, a massive 12 points ahead of County who were second bottom and only six points ahead of Dundee int he relegation slot.
County though have gone on an amazing run of nine games unbeaten since then, while Caley have had a slight dip in form contrasting their good form prior to Christmas.
The points gap between the two teams has been reduced to a single point, with Caley still slightly ahead but have fallen to third in the league (behind Motherwell who occupy second spot) while County have in recent weeks soared up the league to fourth place.
There is no official word on the squad status for Derek Adams to pick from, but it is thought that goalkeeper Mark Brown is likely to miss the match after allegedly breaking his finger in training this week, however Michael Fraser is available for selection and will take over in goals if it is indeed true.
Other than that there is no further injuries and Derek Adams is likely to keep the rest of the team unchanged from the one that beat Aberdeen on Tuesday.
Terry Butcher could make one change to his team from the one that drew with Dundee Utd on Wednesday night, Gary Warren returns from suspension but will it be Josh Meekings or Danny Devine who makes way is unclear.
This is the fourth meeting of the two teams this season, and so far Caley have the edge winning two matches (both in Inverness - SPL match and Scottish Cup Replay), the other game at Victoria Park ending in a draw this being the original Scottish Cup tie.
This game is ALL TICKET
With this being a SPL match season tickets are valid for home fans, as are tickets that were bought for the original postponed tie in January.
The home end is completely sold out, and as such there will be no further ticket sales for these areas.
There are still plenty of tickets left for away fans, these will be on sale from the Ross County ticket office from 9am until kick-off.