Rangers will look to go level on points at the top of the table when they face Celtic in the Scottish Premiership. Both teams are on a three-match winning streak, and with only seven matches remaining, this will be a crucial match in the title race. Rangers won the first meeting between the two teams but lost the previous match, which saw them slip to the second position in the league table.
The home team has won 22 out of the 31 matches played and lost only two matches. Rangers have drawn seven matches, and this is one of the main reasons why they are placed second in the table. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men have scored 62 goals and conceded 25. The xG rate of the team is 65.67.
Rangers are the second-best attacking side in the league this season, behind Celtic. They have created 1,215 positional attacks and an average of 36.6 attacks per 90 minutes. Celtic have created 79 positional attacks more than Rangers, but Rangers have attempted more shots with the positional attacks they created. Aside from that, Rangers have launched 63 counterattacks.
The defending champions have attempted 559 shots in the league so far, with 197 shots on target. The above viz shows all the shots attempted from open play by Rangers. The home team has scored a few goals from inside the opposition’s 6-yard box. Overall, Rangers attempted 360 shots from inside the opposition’s penalty box, and 140 of them were on target.
Alfredo Morelos has attempted the highest number of shots for the home team, but the forward remains doubtful after returning early from international duty due to an injury.
Celtic have won 24, drawn four, and lost three games this season. The league leaders have scored the most goals in the league. Their overall goal count this season has been 69, with a high xG rate of 75.85. In return, Celtic have conceded only 18 goals and have the best defense in the league.
Celtic have attempted 605 shots and average 18.31 shots per 90 minutes. They have managed to hit the target 209 times. Of these 605 shots, 367 were attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box, and 154 of them were on target. The above map shows that Celtic have also scored most of their goals from a similar area to where Rangers have scored theirs. Celtic players have managed to deliver more passes into the opposition’s 6-yard box and score more goals from inside that position.
The league leaders attempted 20,174 passes, and 17,656 of them were successful. The above viz shows that Celtic have attempted the most crosses in the league. Of the 865 crosses, 281 were successful. Most of the crosses have been attempted from the right side, and 259 of the crosses have been low.
This is a crucial fixture in the title race as both teams look to take the momentum into the final stages of the competition. Rangers need to win this game if they want to catch the leaders, and it will be a tough job against the best side in the league so far this season.