St. Johnstone travels to Paisley on Wednesday to face St. Mirren, with Callum Davidson's side taking on 'The buddies' at St. Mirren Park at 7.45 pm.
[St. Johnstone and St. Mirren battle it out]
Saints come into this one off the back of a goalless draw at home to Dundee United, with performances and results certainly improving. Ali Crawford came closest to scoring, hitting the bar in the first half, but a Hallberg dismissal after the break meant that a share of the points was probably a good outcome.
The Perth-based outfit faces a St. Mirren team currently occupying 9th place, with Jim Goodwin's side winning 4 of their 5 games so far in 2022.
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St. Johnstone has won 15 of the last 31 games between the sides, with St. Mirren winning 7 of those encounters. Both meetings this season have ended in goalless draws, and there have been 4 results ending in a 0-0 scoreline between the sides in the last 8.
[Middleton keeps his eyes on the ball]
The last time Saints beat St. Mirren was in last season's Scottish Cup Semi-final, with a Middleton free-kick the main talking point in a 2-1 victory for Callum Davidson's side en route to the final.
Callum Davidson has confirmed that Chris Kane will be out until the end of the season with surgery on his knee required, whilst Shaun Rooney faces 6 weeks out due to an ankle injury. Craig Bryson and David Wotherspoon remain out long-term.
Michael O'Halloran is 'touch and go' for Wednesday's game, which will come too soon for Nadir Ciftci and Theo Bair who should both be available for the midweek clash with Aberdeen.
Melker Hallberg can play, with his suspension not starting until the next game. Eetu Vertainen has joined Linfield in Northern Ireland on loan.
Jim Goodwin will be without Scott Tanser and Eamonn Brophy on Wednesday. Otherwise, he will have a full squad to choose from.
Score Prediction: St. Mirren 0-0 St. Johnstone
St. Mirren is a tough opponent and will certainly back themselves to win, they are in good form and will be looking to break into the top 6.
However, St. Johnstone is definitely improving, and after a run of 3 games undefeated - including a 2-1 win over Livingston last Tuesday. Confidence and momentum are building and Callum Davidson will be eying all 3 points, with a chance to close the gap on Ross County and pull clear of Dundee.
[Kane runs with the ball]
With that in mind, I think that it will be a goalless draw. This would not be the worst outcome, but deep down anything less than a win from games against teams around us and the chance of climbing up the table and out of the relegation places grows slimmer.