St. Johnstone vs Livingston: Match Preview

St. Johnstone take on Livingston at McDiarmid Park at 3pm on Saturday, with Callum Davidson's side looking to make it back-to-back home wins.

[Murray Davidson celebrating a win over Livingston last time out]


The gaffer will be back in the dug out for the game, with Steven MacLean returning to the assistant spot after guiding the side to a 2-1 victory over Motherwell.


How-to-Watch


There is a PPV option for the game which you can acquire HERE, whilst match tickets are also still on sale HERE.


Head-to-Head


St. Johnstone have had a very mixed record against Livingston in the last few years. They had been a bit of a bogie team for a while, and they are always a difficult opponent. We have only lost 1 of the last 6 games against David Martindale's side, albeit a 3-0 hammering at home.


Over the course of the last 17 games between the sides, Saints have won 8, dawn 4 and lost 5. A mixed bag.

[Melker Hallberg in action against Livingston]


The last meeting between the sides was a 2-1 St. Johnstone victory at the Tony Macaroni, with a late Ali Crawford goal managing to seal a precious away victory for St. Johnstone. The only other meeting between the sides this season was the aformentioned 3-0 defeat at McDiarmid Park, hopefully a freak result.


Team News


St. Johnstone


St. Johnstone manager Callum Davidson remains without long-term absentees Wotherspoon and Kane, with this game likely to come too soon for veteran midfielder Craig Bryson.


The gaffer should be aided with the return of Tom Sang, after the Cardiff City loanee missed the win over Motherwell through injury. Otherwise, there will be a full squad to choose from.


Predicted Line-up


Clark

Rooney

Cleary

Gordon

McCart

Gallacher

Davidson

Hallberg

Crawford

Hendry

Middleton


Formation: 5-3-2


Livingston


David Martindale will be without star striker and top goalscorer Bruce Anderson (who has played a hand in all 4 of Livingston's goals against Saints this season), with the attacker picking up an ankle injury. He will also be without Tom Parkes.


Otherwise, Livingston should have a full squad available.


Predicted Line-up


Stryjek

Devlin

Fitzwater

Obileye

Penrice

Holt

Pittman

Omeonga

Forrest

Bailey

Nouble


Formation: 4-3-3


Score Prediction: St. Johnstone 2-1 Livingston


St. Johnstone need to pick up a result on Saturday. A draw would probably be enough, as long as Dundee do not better that result against Aberdeen, to stay on track for 11th place. However, a win would be preferable - with the potential of a 7 point gap to the bottom. A loss could be disasterous.


Not just because it opens the door for Dundee, but it also gives Livingston confidence if we are to play them again in the split.

[Hendry scoring against Livingston]


If Saints play like they have recently then they will give themselves every chance of a result. The performance against Motherwell was nothing special, but Hendry's late goal was worthy of winning any game, and the key thing was that the heads did not drop despite going a goal down. This has been a major issue for St. Johnstone this season, and hopefully they can show that resilience if it does not go to plan on Saturday.


I think that St. Johnstone are a better team than Livingston, and they have a real chance to show that on Saturday. The 3 points are there for the taking.

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