Monday night football on Sky Sports comes from the Scottish Premiership with Ross County v Motherwell the first evening match of the new TV deal.
The Dingwall-based hosts finished 10th last year and are widely expected to be involved in the fight against relegation again this term, this despite a squad revamp which has seen many players leave the club since their last match in March.
Motherwell have Europa League football to look forward to later this month following last season’s third-placed finish.
They’ve also freshened up their squad with Jake Hastie back on loan from Rangers, while young Wigan forward Callum Lang is an interesting signing.
He impressed at Shrewsbury on loan last term and an improving player has the potential to add goals in the Premiership.
A significant departure, however, is right-back Richard Tait, who left in acrimonious circumstances. That will weaken a defence which has shipped two to Hamilton in pre-season, as well as four at Rangers and three at home to Kilmarnock.
County have also had defensive issues in their friendlies, conceding twice in games at Celtic, Livingston and Aberdeen. They had the league’s worst defensive record last term, letting in 60 in their 30 games.
Paying great attention to friendlies is rarely good business but the current circumstances make them more important than usual and goals do look likely in the teams’ competitive opener.
Both teams to score is at 4/5 which looks fair enough.
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