St Johnstone play host to Motherwell on Saturday, as the Steelmen look to bounce back from defeat last weekend.
The Saints are currently propping up the Ladbrokes Premiership, but McDiarmid Park remains a difficult venue to take points from.
The story so far
After pipping Motherwell to seventh spot in the 2018/19 season by a point, St Johnstone have found life tougher so far in the new campaign.
The League Cup comes early in pre-season for many, but Tommy Wright’s side struggled more than most, losing to Montrose, Ross County and Forfar Athletic, recording a 4-0 win over Brechin City along the way.
St Johnstone are without a win so far in the Ladbrokes Premiership from six matches.
Defeats to Celtic and Rangers may be par for the course, with their other four results turning out three draws and one defeat.
Draws at difficult venues have been picked up, with 2-2 results at both Aberdeen and Hibernian. At home, they’ve drawn with Livingston and lost 1-0 to Kilmarnock.
St Johnstone have conceded 2.83 goals per game on league business this campaign, although there are the mitigating circumstances of losing 7-0 away to Celtic and 4-0 at home to Rangers in their first six games. In attack, they’re averaging 0.83 goals per game in the league.
How they shaped up last time
St Johnstone lined up in a 4-3-3 formation in their weekend defeat to Rangers. David Wotherspoon came in, due to the enforced removal of Jason Holt, who couldn’t play against his parent side.
Three to watch
The highly-rated centre back may have been part of a defence which has lost goals, but he remains a key figure and assured figure in the backline.
He is one of the best in the air in the Premiership, with a 64% aerial duel success rate, putting him just behind Declan Gallagher and Christophe Berra.
St Johnstone’s joint top scorer with two so far in 2019/20, the forward is again looking lively in a dangerous-looking St Johnstone front line.
His January return after a spell in the wilderness with Rangers has seen him gradually get back up to speed, netting at Hibernian and Aberdeen already this campaign.
He’s yet to net for the Saints since his return in the summer window, but being back home at McDiarmid Park makes the striker one to watch out for.
A talented, bustling forward, May hit 20 league goals in his last season with St Johnstone in 2014/15, earning a move to Sheffield Wednesday.
What they said
Manager Tommy Wright: “We have to defend better. We are making far too many mistakes. That is what is causing us so many problems this season.
“As a manager you can make changes – which I don’t think is needed in the back four just now – or you work hard with them individually and as a unit, and keep their confidence high.”
Murray Davidson: “We have gone to places like Pittodrie and Hibs and we feel we have been unlucky not to win those games.
“It is still six games in and we need to start winning matches and go on a run. We need to get that first win as soon as possible.
“We have never set targets and I have always said we need to look at it game by game because it is such a competitive league this season.
“We have some big games coming up and we need to find some consistency to get positive results.”
Out injured: None
Doubtful: Murray Davidson (knee), Scott Tanser (foot), David Wotherspoon (foot), Stevie May (thigh).