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Scottish Premier League: St. Johnstone vs Ross County preview

Kick-off: Wednesday, 15 March @19:45 GMT

Venue: McDiarmid Park (Perth)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Ross County vs St. Johnstone (2015/2016 Premier League)
St. Johnstone vs Ross County (2015/2016 Premier League)
Ross County vs St. Johnstone (2014/2015 Premier League)
St. Johnstone vs Ross County (2014/2015 Scottish Cup)
St. Johnstone vs Ross County (2014/2015 Premier League)

St. Johnstone vs Ross County prediction

McDiarmid Park will host the match between St. Johnstone and Ross County. Both teams are eyeing a place in the play-off and seeing that they are level on points ahead of Wednesday’s clash, a close encounter appears on the cards.

Saints aim to regain fourth position

St. Johnstone finished the 2014/2015 Scottish Premier League campaign in fourth position in the standings, with the team securing their place in the Europa League qualifiers. However, Alashkert proved to be a big catch for the Saints and, as a result, they failed to record a good result in the European competition. Tommy Wright’s men, though, want to participate in the Europa League next season as well and they are surely capable of meeting the goal. St. Johnstone sit in fourth place in fifth place in the standings, but a win over Ross County would see them climb to top four. The Saints recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Inverness in their last home fixture in the national championship and it remains to be seen if they are capable of registering their seventh win at McDiarmid Park of the season on Wednesday evening.

Experienced defender Dave MacKay remains on the sidelines, but he is the only absentee in the home team. Graham Cummins is pushing for a start after he came as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Inverness.

Staggies buoyed by the League Cup triumph

Ross County, on the other hand, failed to impress in the 2014/2015 campaign, with the team finishing the season in ninth place in the standings. Nonetheless, the Staggies have been producing much better performances this season and, as a result, they occupy fourth place in the standings ahead of the trip to Perth. Jim McIntyre is doing a great job with the Global Energy Stadium outfit and he is certainly capable of helping the team book their place in the European competitions. Ross County gave fans a reason for celebration at the weekend, with the team beating Hibernian in the League Cup final. Alex Schalk scored a late winner for the Premier League team and he will be one of the men to watch in the away side in Wednesday’s game against St. Johnstone. You should bear in mind that the Staggies are after their fourth away victory of the season.

Goalkeeper Scott Fox has yet to overcome his injury and he is definitely out of contention. Coach Jim McIntyre could make some changes to the team that faced Hibernian in the League Cup final at the weekend.

Quick Facts

  • Under 3.5 goals were scored in St. Johnstone’s last six games
  • Saints scored 1+ goals in each of their previous four home matches in the league
  • St. Johnstone defeated Ross County in three of their last five meetings
  • Ross County have already suffered seven defeats on the road this season
  • Five goals were scored in their last meeting in the Premier League

St. Johnstone vs Ross County betting tip

The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and, as I have already mentioned, there is every chance we will see a close encounter at McDiarmid Park. However, seeing that the visitors head into the match after losing a lot of energy in the League Cup title game against Hibernian, I am tempted to put my money on the hosts, who are eager to regain fourth position in the standings.

Tip: St. Johnstone draw no bet

Odds: 1.80 (4/5) @bet365

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