St. Johnstone vs Dundee United Preview

Callum Davidson's St. Johnstone take on Tam Courts Dundee United at 3 O'clock today at McDiarmid Park.

[The last time the sides met it ended in a 2-2 draw]


Saints come into this one off the back of Thursday's draw away to LASK and last Sunday's penalty shootout win over Arbroath.


Dundee United beat Ayr United on penalties at Somerset Park last Saturday, they will be fresh for this fixture. Expect a battle.


Here is all you need to know about today's game:


Where Can I Watch?


International Subscribers and Season Ticket Holders (who are unable to attend) can watch the game via Saints TV.


However, UK based subscribers will only have audio commentary for this fixture. This means that the only way to watch the game is by going in person.


Head-to-Head


From the last 27 matches between the sides Saints have won 9, drawn 11 and lost 7. This means that 41% of these games have finished in a stalemate and I would expect today's game to be just as close.

[Saints began last season with a 1-1 draw at Tannadice Park]


Last season all 4 games ended in a draw so hopefully today Saints can continue this "unbeaten run" with a win. Which would be our first 3 points of the league season.


Team News


St. Johnstone


Following last Thursday's game in Austria I would assume that plenty of players could do with a rest and with an even bigger game this coming Thursday changes will likely be made.


Although Callum Davidson has said he doesn't want to make "wholesale changes" as he wants to win the game I would expect at least 4 or 5 players who started our draw with LASK to be swapped out.

[St. Johnstone vs LASK was a hard-fought affair]


Eetu Vertainen looks likely to miss out once again due to Visa complications which have denied him 6 matches already whilst Craig Bryson remains an injury doubt - it is unlikely that he will make the squad.


David Wotherspoon might make the squad and Callum Davidson hinted at this however, he has said Sunday may be "too soon" for the 31 year-old who has been in isolation.

[David Wotherspoon has missed the last 3 games whilst isolating]


Predicted Line-up


Clark

Brown

Muller

Gordon

McCart

Devine

Craig

Ballantyne

McCann

Hendry

May


Formation: 5-3-2/3-5-2


Dundee United


'The Terrors' will be fit and firing for today's game - 8 days say since they last played at Somerset park.


[Dundee United fans invade the pitch after they beat Championship Ayr United on Penalties]


The Dundee side signed Manchester United and Wales International Dylan Levitt on-loan during the week. The midfielder will go straight into the side for today's game and he will certainly be one to watch out for.


Dundee United recently sold striker Lawrence Shankland to Belgian side Beerschoot for over 1 million pounds and have re-signed Marc McNulty on-loan from Reading.


Mark Connolly and Declan Glass will both miss this match through injury. 'United' have no suspensions.


Predicted line-up:


Siegrist

Smith

Edwards

Mulgrew

Robson

Butcher

Fuchs

Levitt

Clark

Pawlett

McNulty


Formation: 4-3-3


Score Prediction:

I think today's game will be an incredibly tricky one for Saints. We've played so many games already this season and there will plenty of rotation in force, with LASK already in mind. Despite what Willie Miller might say St. Johnstone are a better team than today's opponents. although, this match may well be decided by fitness and squad rotation.

[Dundee United are a solid side and will push St. Johnstone to their limits]


Losing a game in August is inconsequential compared to Thursday night but I would still love to get one over Dundee United. It will most likely be a stuffy affair and Saints should have enough just (just) to win it in front of a home crowd.


Score prediction: 2-1



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