Season Opener! St. Johnstone vs Annan: Match Preview

St. Johnstone kick off their 2022/23 season at home, with Annan Athletic making the long journey up North for tonight's game at McDiarmid Park, which begins at 7:45.

[Saints in action against Cove - Image: @PPA]


Annan are currently top of the group after the first round of fixtures, which St. Johnstone sat out due to an uneven number of teams, beating local rivals Queen of the South 3-2 away from home.


The Galabankies will come into this game with confidence and nothing to lose, they already have 3 points and should they even draw today and pick up the bonus point, then they would be in pole position to win the group.


St. Johnstone cannot afford to start with anything less than 3 points, and here is our preview of today's clash:


Head-to-Head


St. Johnstone have never faced Annan Athletic in a competitive fixture, with the sides having never been in the same division. Annan did face fellow Perth side Jeanfield Swifts in the Scottish Cup last year, triumphing 3-1.


Team News:


St. Johnstone


Callum Davidson remains without long-term absentees Callum Booth, Chris Kane, David Wotherspoon - with the latter making encouraging progress. New recruit Drey Wright and captain Liam Gordon also miss this one with injury.


Otherwise, Davidson will have a full squad to choose from - with new recruits Graham Carey, Andy Considine, Adam Montgomery and Jamie Murphy all available to play.


Zander Clark has left the club following the end of his contract, and the club are linked with Kilmarnock's Sam Walker but no deal has been concluded yet, therefore it will be a choice of Elliot Parish and Ross Sinclair.


Predicted Line-up:


Parish

Brown

Cleary

Considine

Mahon

Montgomery

Davidson

Hallberg

Carey

Murphy

Bair


Formation: 5-2-3


Annan Athletic


Annan will have almost the same side available as they did at Palmerston last week, with new signings Ethan Mitchell and Benjamin Luissint both available to play.

[Lewis Hunter scores the winner - Image: Sandy Robertson]


Predicted Line-up:


Mitchell

Barnes

Williamson

Docherty

Hooper

Swinglehurst

Wallace

Luissint

Galloway

Goss

Johnston


Formation: 4-4-2


Score Prediction: St. Johnstone 2-0 Annan Athletic


Callum Davidson's Saints' will want to get the season off to the best possible start, and put last year's nightmare campaign to bed as soon as possible. Beginning the League Cup group stage with a victory is imperative.


Annan are a solid side and will be battling at the top end of League Two this season, but the part-timers should not really trouble Saints too much, if the Perth side want to progress to the next round then this is a must-win.


Following an encouraging win over Cove Rangers, Saints will now look to build on that and get the competitive season off to a winning start.



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