Two teams who were only separated by four points when the Scottish Premiership season was cancelled in March face each other this weekend, as Kilmarnock host St Johnstone at Rugby Park.
Where and when: Rugby Park – 15 August, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see Kilmarnock vs. St Johnstone: N/A
Last time: David Wotherspoon scored the winning goal in the final 10 minutes of the game, as St Johnstone beat Kilmarnock 2-1 at McDiarmid Park towards the end of January.
Kilmarnock v St Johnstone Predictions and Preview
St Johnstone head south towards the Firth of Clyde to play only their third game of the season against Kilmarnock. It’s Killie’s fourth fixture of the new Premiership campaign, with the Saints’ home match against Aberdeen last weekend cancelled due to a large number of Dons players breaching coronavirus protocols.
Both of these teams have the same amount of time to prepare for this game after their midweek fixtures though, with both in action away from home on Wednesday night. St Johnstone are looking to get some points on the board after their 1-1 draw against Dundee United in their opening match and a tough trip to Rangers in midweek.
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Kilmarnock to win and BTTS
Kilmarnock to win 2-1
Burke to score first
Killie, meanwhile, picked up an excellent draw against Celtic last weekend, as they bounced back in style from the disappointment of losing to Hibernian on the opening day of the season. Alex Dyer’s side trailed their visitors this weekend by three points in the Scottish Premiership table when last term was called off, although the Saints also had a game in hand.
The Perth side are looking to build on a positive season last time out, during which they ended their dismal run of form against Killie. St Johnstone’s 2-1 victory the last time these clubs met ended a run of seven games without a win against Kilmarnock, with Killie winning five of those.
The Saints only managed to score a single goal during that run, which was in a 2-1 defeat back in February 2017. The two games they avoided defeat in were both goalless draws, one of which came in the most recent meeting between these teams at Rugby Park. With that in mind, and the potential for some tired legs after their midweek escapades, another 0-0 draw here could be worth a look if you’re looking to make some correct score predictions with William Hill.
That said, Kilmarnock enter the game as the favourites to pick up the three points. The hosts will be looking to show their defeat to the Saints last time out was an exception rather a new rule, with Killie hoping to build on their positive result against Celtic and push their way back up the table after a disappointing campaign last time.
One to watch for Kilmarnock: Veteran Chris Burke scored in Kilmarnock’s first two games of the season, bagging a penalty to secure a point against champions Celtic last weekend. He only got five in the league all of last season, but is worth a look to continue his fine run here in the anytime goalscorer market.
One to watch for St Johnstone: Callum Hendry top scored for St Johnstone last season with nine goals in all competitions, despite 18 of his 27 appearances coming as a substitute. The 22-year-old looks like he’s set to nail down a place in the starting XI this term, and is also one to watch in the anytime scorer market.
Long shot: Kilmarnock have won eight of the last 10 meetings between these clubs. St Johnstone won the last one though, and we’re backing them to score on Saturday. That’d mean Killie would have to score at least twice to pick up the win. They’ve scored exactly two goals in four of their last five victories over the Saints, so a 2-1 home win is our score prediction here. For even better odds, add Burke as the first scorer to your selection.