The hosts are aiming to secure promotion to the top flight for the first time in five years, while the Staggies are looking extend their stay in the Premiership for a fourth successive season.
Patrick Thistle will host Ross County in the first leg of their Scottish Premiership playoff tie at Firhill Stadium on Thursday night. The hosts are aiming to secure promotion to the top flight for the first time in five years, while the Staggies are looking extend their stay in the Premiership for a fourth successive season. The Jags secured a fourth place finish in the Scottish Championship standings, having collected 57 points from 36 games, before getting the better of Queens Park and Ayr United to reach the playoff showdown. The visitors, meanwhile, finished the regular 2022-23 Premiership campaign in the 11th place and thereby entering the relegation playoffs.
— Ross County FC (@RossCounty) June 1, 2023
Patrick ended the league campaign on the back of a six-game unbeaten streak, before thrashing Queens Park 8-3 in the two legged Scottish Premiership quarter-final playoff and then went on the secure a stunning 8-0 aggregate victory over Ayr United in the last four playoff tie. Last weekend, Kris Doolan’s men put five goals past the Honest Men without reply in the second leg of the semi-final tie thanks to Scott Tiffoney’s brace and one goal each from Jack McMillan, Steven Lawless and Kevin Holt. The result extended their unbeaten run to ten games in the second tier, while winning seven matches in the period, with six clean sheets to show.
Ross County, on the other hand, ended their regular Premiership campaign with a 3-1 defeat away to Kilmarnock despite the fact that Yan Dhanda got on the scoresheet. The result extended their winless run to three games, losing two times in the period. The Staggies have recorded only nine league-wins this term and their last success came away to Dundee United (3-1), courtesy of Jordan White’s hat-trick. Malky Mackay’s side collected 34 points from 38 games to finish just three points ahead of rock bottom side Dundee United. The Dingwall-based outfit have had little to celebrate away from home this term, winning only four of their 19 league matches on the road and keeping just four clean sheets.
Patrick Thistle probable starting lineup: Mitchell, McMillan, Muirhead, Brownlie, Holt, Bannigan, Docherty, Lawless, Tiffoney, Fitzpatrick, Graham
Ross County probable starting lineup: Laidlaw, Watson, Baldwin, Iacovitti, Randall, Kenneh, Tillson, Harmon, Dhanda, Samuel, White
|Queens Park||0-4 (W)|
|Queens Park||4-3 (W)|
|St Johnstone||3-3 (D)|
|Dundee United||1-3 (W)|
|Last 5 match-results||Opponents|
|Patrick Thistle beat Ross County||3-2|
|Ross County draw Patrick Thistle||0-0|
|Ross County beat Patrick Thistle||2-4|
|Ross County beat Patrick Thistle||2-0|
|Ross County beat Patrick Thistle||0-2|
The first leg of the Scottish Premiership playoff final between Patrick Thistle and Ross County will take place at Firhill Stadium on Friday at 12:30 am IST.
|Patrick Thistle vs Ross County||Key Details|
|Date||June 1 (UK)|
|Kickoff time in UK||8:00 pm (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time in India||12:30 am (Friday)|
Football fans in UK can catch the live action via Sky Sports Football and Sky Go Extra.
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