Wednesday 26 March: 7.45pm KO
An important night for St Mirren who start the evening bottom of the Scottish Premiership. That might not be the case by the end of the night as a win at St Johnstone will take them off the bottom place which is the only automatic relegation position in this league.
A game in hand is only important if you get something from it. That’s the aim for St Mirren in this Scottish Premiership clash. They have had a poor run this year and that has resulted in them slipping to the bottom of the table. That’s the last place you want to be in as it guarantees relegation to the Scottish Championship.
St Mirren are currently 5/4 (2.25) at SkyBet to finish bottom with Dundee the favourites with them to finish bottom. They are in the minority though as other bookies have St Mirren as the most likely to prop up the table at the end of the season. Do they know something we don’t?
They go into this game a point behind eleventh-placed Dundee and seven from safety. Finishing ninth will take them into a play-off. Following this game, St Mirren have a real six-pointer at home to Dundee and are soon to take on Hamilton who are tenth.
Now really is the time for them to improve their form. St Mirren have only won one of their last ten league games earning just five points. If you think they can get three points from this game, the odds are 7/2 (4.5) at Paddy Power to beat St Johnstone.
Away form is poor though with no wins in their last five league games. The last two have seen them draw at Aberdeen and Hearts, it’s 12/5 (3.4) at Betfred that this game ends all-square which would take St Mirren off the bottom.
St Johnstone are ninth in the Scottish Premiership and have no relegation problems. Their aim is to get into the top six when the league splits in two and a win here will take them to within four points of Hibernian. They are 10/1 (11.0) to get a sixth place finish.
Those odds should actually be longer because St Johnstone are in appalling form at present. They have just one point from their last eight league games and have lost the last three. Home form has seen them win just one of their last eight matches. You can get odds of 5/6 (1.83) at Coral on them winning this game.
St Johnstone have played two games against St Mirren this season and won them both without conceding. The odds of them winning to nil are 13/8 (2.61) with William Hill.
No major injuries reported.
A Long Wait for a Goal
The last two St Mirren games haven’t seen the first goals scored until the dying moments of the match. You can get odds of 16/1 (17.0) on the first goal being scored between the 81st minute and the final whistle.
Under 2.5 Goals?
The last three St Mirren league games have all had under 2.5 goals scored in them. The same stat has come up for three of the last four St Johnstone home games. The odds on that bet being a winner in this match are 4/7 (1.57) at Betfair.
A Welcome Goal
St Johnstone are really struggling at present and have only scored in three of their last nine matches. You can get odds of 1/4 (1.25) on them getting a goal in this match.
Neither of these two teams are in good form at present. St Mirren are batting relegation and know just a point will see them climb off bottom place. St Johnstone have a chance of making the top six but current form is appalling. A bet on a draw with both teams scoring is 4/1 at Ladbrokes.