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    Inverness CT -V- Queen of the South - Preview

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    Second bottom Queen of the south come calling to the Caledonian Stadium to take on second top Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm is the kick-off. Queens have lost their last two fixtures and Inverness are without a win in their last three games. Time to close the transfer window before we have nobody left to play out the season.

    OFFICIAL PREVIEW/STREAMING/TICKET INFO

    Venue Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 20 12 2 6 36 24 +12
    Away 19 8 7 4 33 20 +13
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 39 20 9 10 69 44 +25

     

    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
     
    1. Arbroath 21 10 8 3 33 15 38
    2. Inverness CT 20 10 6 4 27 15 36
    3. Kilmarnock 20 11 3 6 26 14 36
    4. Raith Rovers 21 9 8 4 28 20 35
    5. Partick Thistle 19 9 5 5 32 18 32
    6. Hamilton Ac. 21 6 6 9 24 36 24
    7. Ayr United 20 5 6 9 19 32 21
    8. Morton 20 3 8 9 22 31 17
    9. Q.O.S. 20 4 5 11 19 31 17
    10. Dunfermline 20 2 9 9 18 36 15

     

    FRIDAY 19:45

    Partick 1-1 Killie

    SATURDAY 15:00

      Ayr Utd v Morton

    Dunfermline v Hamilton  

     Inverness v Queens

    Raith Rovers v Arbroath

    Inverness have picked up six points from the two games between the clubs this season, both ending 2-1 in favour of the Caley Jags.

    CTO Summary from 25th September: Goals from Sean Welsh and Michael Gardyne were just enough to put Inverness back to the top of the table despite a worldy goal from Lee Connelly for the visitors. Inverness deserved the win but made hard work of it before Gardyne scored a superb volley to win the points and ease the fans nerves.

    CTO Summary from 19th November: The visitors opened the scoring when Billy Mckay converted a first half penalty. They doubled their lead when he added a second from a superb Carson cross but Queens forced a tense finish when Lee Connelly smashed the ball into the net to give them hope. However Inverness saw out the game to claim the points and move a point behind leaders Kilmarnock who play Arbroath on Saturday. 

    Last Time Out

    The Caley Jags recovered from a goal down to draw with Raith Rovers last weekend. The points were shared thanks to two spectacular goals from Ethan Ross and Reece McAlear. A poor first half for the hosts saw Raith lead at the break but a better performance after the interval earned a share of the points although Raith will be aggrieved that they never ended their 22 year wait for a win over Inverness.

    Queens were deservedly beaten by Kilmarnock in a 2-0 defeat at Palmerston. Alan Johnston had this to say about it on BBC Sport: "It was never a penalty. There was a tug of the shirt but I've seen it again and it was way outside the box. But we continue to give away cheap goals. We have a fight on our hands. That's for sure."

    That's something like only four wins in 25 games since Alan Johnston went to Palmerston. The sort of form that gets teams relegated. Unfortunately, on the whole, we seldom take full advantage of this and often find ourselves struggling to dominate these games. That needs to change now if we want to remain interested in topping this league. Showing some urgency from the start would be an improvement on recent offerings. 

    Latest Team News

    Billy Dodds saw Sean Welsh return last week as a second half substitute against Raith Rovers. Aaron Dorran missed out with a thigh injury and is a major doubt. Youth player Harry Hennem will continue his loan spell at Brora Rangers until the end of the season. More disturbing news though if true is that Scott Allardice is allegedly out for the season if you believe the latest rumours. Another equally disappointing one is that Robbie Deas is the subject of a six figure bid (£150K) by St Johnstone to lure our defender to McDiarmid Park, following the footsteps of defenders Jamie McCart and Shaun Rooney. Meh!

    I bet that next up for scrutiny will be Shane Sutherland; what's the odds on that...

    As an aside, but equally annoying: Daniel Mackay has joined Killie on loan, and loan Ranger Kai Kennedy has gone to Hamilton Accies.

    Willie Gibson should return for Queens who should also have former County and Inverness player Alex Cooper plying his trade at left back. Keeper Sol Brynn has been recalled by Middlesbrough but midfielder Don McMahon comes back from his loan to Dalbeattie Star.

    Here's Doddsy...

     



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