St Johnstone are the weekend visitors to Motherwell.
Tommy Wright’s men come as the league’s bottom club, but recent results have shown they are still a formidable opponent for Stephen Robinson’s side.
The story so far
A disappointing start to the 2019/20 season sees St Johnstone currently occupying bottom spot in the Premiership, but a recent turnaround in results means they are anything but cut adrift.
They’re locked on 11 points with three other teams, with only their goal difference keeping them in 12th spot.
Murray Davidson and Callum Hendry’s red cards in the weekend draw with Aberdeen rules them out of the trip to Fir Park.
The Saints have won two and drawn one of their last five, turning their form around after a sluggish start to the campaign.
Home wins over Hamilton Academical and Hearts came alongside the home draw with Aberdeen last time out, a loss at McDiarmid Park to Hibernian and an away defeat to St Mirren.
Before then, Wright’s side hadn’t won in the league since a 2-0 home win over Motherwell in May, a run which lasted for 10 games.
Away from home, they’ve not registered a league win in 2019. Their last victory on the road in the Premiership came in late December 2018 at Dundee, and they are winless in 14.
Three to watch
David Wotherspoon recently clocked up his 250th appearances for his hometown club and he marked the occasion with what could prove to be a vital double in the win over Hamilton.
The midfielder joined St Johnstone back in the summer of 2013 and quickly endeared himself to the Saints support as he capped a memorable first season by featuring at every stage of their famous Scottish Cup triumph.
Wotherspoon is eligible to represent Canada through his mother who was born there and has earned two caps for Les Rouges, with his most recent appearance coming in the 1-0 win over Cuba in September.
A big positive in early stages of the season for St Johnstone has been the performances of 19-year-old midfielder Alistair McCann.
McCann has featured in all of Saints’ Scottish Premiership fixtures so far in 2019-20, after spending the previous season on loan at League One side Stranraer.
This afternoon’s fixture will bring back fond memories for the Northern Ireland U21 international, he made his first league appearance in St Johnstone’s emphatic 5-1 victory at Fir Park back in May 2018.
Former Aberdeen striker Stevie May has endured a testing start to his second spell at St Johnstone, managing just two goals in 10 appearances.
May, who turned 27 earlier this month arrived at McDiarmid Park keen to rediscover the form that endeared him to Saints fans during his first stint in the light blue – scoring both goals in their Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Aberdeen and laying on a goal for Steven MacLean as the club clinched the trophy for the first time since the club was formed in 1884.
In that season he finished on 27 goals in all competitions, landing him the SWFA Young Player of the Year award and fans of the Perth club will be desperate to see the powerful striker get back to his best in their bid to avoid a scrap at the foot of the table this season.
Get your tickets in advance
Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office.
|Adult||£24 / £20|
|Over 60s / 16-18s / full-time students||£17 / £16|
|One adult and two kids||£28 / £24|
Cheaper price applies to John Hunter stand for home supporters.
Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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