CRUNCH TIME: St. Johnstone vs St.Mirren Match Preview

St. Johnstone welcome St. Mirren to McDiarmid Park on Saturday in a relegation six-pointer. The match kicks off at 3 pm.

[Davidson and Kiltie battle for the ball]


Saints currently sit 5 points behind their Paisley based opponents, with 4 games left of the season. Saturday's game feels like a sliding door moment for St. Johnstone's season; a win makes climbing out of the relegation zone a serious possibility, however, a loss would all but consign the club to 11th at best, with Dundee potentially edging ever closer.


Here is all you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game:


How to Watch


Tickets are still available to purchase for Saturday's game HERE. Get behind the team ahead of this absolutely massive game if you can - the lads need our support more than ever, and it could be a pivotal moment in St. Johnstone's history.


Head-to-Head


In recent years St. Johnstone have a great record against St. Mirren. The Perth side are unbeaten in their last 7 games at McDiarmid Park against the fake Saints, remarkably not even conceding a goal at home in this fixture since 2014.


Overall, from 32 matches between the sides, St. Johnstone have come out on top 15 times, drawing 9 of them and losing 8. A strong record and one that can hopefully be continued tomorrow.


This season the two teams have clashed on 3 occasions. The first two were eye-bleeding goalless draws, with the most recent meeting resulting in a controversial 2-1 St. Mirren win, with a dubious penalty turning the game around.

[Hendry converts from the spot]


Games between these two sides at McDiarmid Park in recent years have been undoubtedly poor in recent times, with goals being few and far between. Especially with the nature of tomorrow's game factored in, I doubt many are expecting a classic but the results are all that matters.


Team News


St. Johnstone


Saints will be without usual absentees Wotherspoon, Kane and Gallacher with the trio all being ruled out for the season, whilst this one will likely come too soon for Bryson.


Otherwise, Davidson should have a full squad to choose from with no fresh injury worries or suspensions. MacPherson and Sang both improved the team when they come on in the draw with Dundee, and I would expect both to start.


Predicted Line-up:


Clark

Sang

Rooney

Gordon

McCart

Booth

Hallberg

Davidson

MacPherson

May

Hendry


Formation: 5-3-2


St. Mirren


Matthew Millar will be missing for Stephen Robinson, but otherwise, he has a full roster to choose from.


Predicted Line-up:


Alnwick

Tait

McCarthy

Shaugnessy

Fraser

Tanser

Power

Erhahon

Ronan

Main

Brophy


Formation: 5-3-2


Score Prediction: St. Johnstone 1-0 St. Mirren


The Perth Saints have an immaculate home record over the years against St. Mirren and hopefully, this can play a part in a much-needed win. Callum Davidson needs to be proactive and learn from that abysmal first-half showing against Dundee.


There needs to be more attacking intent shown and if the sides are in a deadlock 60 or 70 minutes into the game then there needs to be bodies thrown forward and changes made. St. Mirren will come to Perth happy to leave with an away point, which would all but see them safe from relegation.

[Middleton controls the ball]


There is no reason why St. Johnstone cannot win on Saturday, St. Mirren are on a horrendous run of form and have looked hopeless since Stephen Robinson came in. Davidson's side can play some good football and have shown flashes of the team we know they can be, and with the fans behind them, there is every hope that they can reward the supporters with a win.

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