The Saints go marching in against the Saints this weekend, as St Johnstone host St Mirren at McDiarmid Park in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon. The visitors have made the better start to the new campaign of the two sides, but are the underdogs this weekend.
Where and when: McDiarmid Park – date, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see St Johnstone vs. St Mirren: N/A
Last time: Neither team could find the back of the net as the two Saints shared a goalless draw at St Mirren Park back in March, in what was one of the last fixtures for both of these sides before the league was cancelled.
St Johnstone v St Mirren Predictions and Preview
The curtailment of the Scottish Premiership earlier this year saw St Johnstone finish the campaign in sixth place, while it was ninth for St Mirren, who were seven points behind their rival Saints having played a game more. However, St Mirren are unbeaten in their last four matches against St Johnstone, winning one.
That was a 2-0 victory at St Mirren Park in October of last year, with each of the two meetings between the clubs since ending goalless. St Johnstone’s last victory over the Buddies was a 1-0 triumph at McDiarmid Park in March 2019, which was their fifth successive win in this fixture at the time.
St Mirren have had the slight edge since then, while they’ve also been in better form at the start of the new campaign. They’ve only played four matches due to their clash with Celtic being called off for Boli Bolignoli’s coronavirus protocol indiscretions, winning two, drawing one and losing one.
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Both teams not to score
St Mirren to win 1-0
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The sole defeat came courtesy of a 3-0 loss away to Rangers, while their victories have been against Livingston and Hamilton. St Johnstone, meanwhile, have lost three of their opening five fixtures, with their sole win coming against Kilmarnock. The losses have been against Hibernian and Aberdeen at home, while Callum Davidson’s side also lost 3-0 at Rangers.
Despite their poor form, the hosts start as the clear betting favourites for this game, priced at 16/13 in your latest St Johnstone vs St Mirren predictions. Jim Goodwin’s visitors are 5/2 for the win, while you can back the draw at 12/5. A third successive 0-0 draw between these two clubs is available at 8/1 if you’re after a correct score prediction for the game.
One to watch for St Johnstone: Despite only starting five Premiership games last season, 22-year-old forward Callum Hendry finished as St Johnstone’s top scorer with seven league goals. He’s yet to score this term despite starting as many games as in the whole of last season, but is worth a look in the first goalscorer market.
One to watch for St Mirren: Jonathan Obika has netted this season, hitting the target in each of his last two games. Both of those goals were to break the deadlock, and after seven goals in his last 11 games going back to last season, he’s certainly in the running to bag the first goal of this game.
Long shot: Only one of St Mirren’s four games this season have seen both teams score, as well as only one of St Johnstone’s last four. Both teams have hit the back of the net in just one of the last nine meetings between these two clubs, and you can bet against BTTS here at 4/5. A 1-0 victory for St Mirren is available at 17/2.