It’s the much anticipated Scottish Cup semi-final showdown between St Mirren and St Johnstone on Sunday. With the big prize for the side that wins the tie being a coveted place in the final of the competition, let’s hope for a great game.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for St Mirren v St Johnstone, scroll down (inc. the best betting odds).
St Mirren will be wanting a better result here following the 1-2 Premiership loss in their previous game against Hamilton Academical.
In that game, St Mirren had 56% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for St Mirren was Jamie McGrath (71'). Hamilton Academical had 12 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Ross Callachan (28') and David Moyo (57') scored for Hamilton Academical.
It’s not been often in recent times that St Mirren have kept a clean sheet. In fact, The Buddies have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 8 goals on the way. Putting that to one side, we will just have to wait and see whether the trend will be maintained in this match.
St Johnstone will go into this game following a 0-1 Premiership win as they beat Hibernian in their last game.
In that game, St Johnstone had 41% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The only player to score for St Johnstone was Glenn Middleton (22'). For their opponents, Hibernian had 8 shots at goal with 2 on target.
In 6 of the past six clashes involving St Johnstone, a comparatively low number of goals have been struck between them and opposing sides. The overall average number of goals per game in that period is a paltry 1.5, with the number of goals averaged by The Saints equalling 1.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head meetings dating back to 19/10/2019, there has been little between the sides with St Mirren winning 2 of those games, St Johnstone 2 and 2 being drawn in normal time.
A total of 9 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 5 from The Buddies and 4 netted by The Saints. That’s an average goals per game of 1.5.
Team News: St Mirren
St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has a full complement, with no fitness worries at all before this clash owing to a fully healthy squad to choose from.
Team News: St Johnstone
Owing to a fully injury-free squad available to select from, St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson doesn’t have any fitness worries to speak of before this game.
We think that St Mirren might need a bit of good fortune to breach the defence of this St Johnstone outfit who we think will manage to score & go ahead.
We’ve gone for a good battle with a 0-1 win for St Johnstone when the referee blows for full-time.
Let’s see what happens.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The SMISA Stadium (7,937)
Captain: Joe Shaughnessy
Chairman: Gordon Scott
Manager: Jim Goodwin
Competitions: Premiership position 8, Scottish Cup (Semi-Finals)
🔑 Key Player: Kristian Dennis
Typically taking to the field in the Striker position, Kristian Dennis was born in Manchester, England. Having played his first senior match for Macclesfield Town in the 2007 - 2008 season, the dangerous Forward has got 3 league goals in the Premiership 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 15 appearances.