Livingston vs St. Johnstone: Match Preview

Callum Davidson's St. Johnstone are heading down to the Toni Macaroni on Saturday to face David Martindale's Livingston, the game kicks off at 3 pm.

[Ali Crawford celebrates the last win away at Livingston]


Here is everything you need to know ahead of another big game in the bid to avoid the drop for Saints.


How to Watch


Saturday's game is an all-ticket affair, and these can be purchased from the St. Johnstone website HERE


There will also be a PPV stream offered by Livingston, although it is a bit pricey, costing £20. You can access that HERE


Head-to-Head


Saints have a fairly decent record against Livingston in recent years, with a marked improvement against the 'Lions' since Callum Davidson took over.


Overall, St. Johnstone's record against Livingston in the last 18 games between the sides is, 9 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses.

[Saints came out on top last time out against Livingston]


This season St. Johnstone have beaten Livingston on 2 occasions, both by a single goal, once at home and once away. The other game was a 3-0 hiding at McDiarmid Park earlier on in the season. If Saints could avoid a repeat of that, it would be very much appreciated.


Team News


St. Johnstone


Callum Davidson will be without the usual string of absentees, including Gallacher, Kane, Wotherspoon and Gallacher.


However, he should have an otherwise full squad to choose from and it will be interesting to see how he lines up against Livingston. After the disappointing defeat to St. Mirren, it is inevitable that there will be changes, very few players should have their starting berth nailed down.


The gaffer also hinted that he may ring in the changes in an interview with the courier during the week, saying: “I might make a few changes because there are boys chomping at the bit to get in the team, I’ve got good options.


Predicted Line-up


Clark

Rooney

Mahon

Gordon

McCart

Booth

Hallberg

Craig

Davidson

Bair

Hendry


Formation: 5-3-2


Livingston


Livingston will be without Tom Parkes and Daniel Barden who have both been ruled out for the season, whilst goalkeeper Max Stryjek is serving the 2nd game of his suspension.


Martindale has no fresh injury concerns.


Predicted Line-up:


Konovalov

Devlin

Fitzwater

Obileye

Boyes

Holt

Pittman

Kelly

Bailey

Nouble

Forrest


Formation: 4-3-3


Score Prediction: Livingston 1-1 St. Johnstone


St. Johnstone need to win to mathematically have any hope of avoiding the play-offs and to stave off any late comeback from Dundee. Anything less than at least a point could not only prove disastrous for the final league standing but also the form going into the final few games.


However, Livingston are playing without any pressure, they can't go any higher in the table and are safe from relegation. They are on pretty decent form and are already tough to beat. Saints will need to be on their best form to come away with all 3 points, and we have not seen that all too often this year.

[Rooney battles for the ball]


A massive improvement from the games against Dundee and St. Mirren is needed from Saints. let's hope they can manage that.




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