Match Preview: St Johnstone v St Mirren

It’s the battle of the Saints tonight as St Mirren make the trip to Perth to face St Johnstone on matchday 30 of the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The Buddies were due to play St Johnstone on Saturday 16th March, but unplayable conditions saw the match postponed.

FORM

The Paisley Saints go into tonight's match undefeated in our last two away matches.

A 2-2 draw with Aberdeen last month was followed up by a 1-1 draw at Tynecastle. Since those away matches there has been a 1-0 win over Livingston and a 1-0 loss to Kilmarnock at the Simple Digital Arena.

St Johnstone, meanwhile, have only picked up a solitary point in their last seven Premiership matches. That came in a 0-0 draw with Rangers at Ibrox in February.

Since their last win - a 1-0 triumph over Livingston in January - the Perth Saints have lost to Livingston, Hibernian, Aberdeen, Hamilton Academical, Celtic (twice) and Hearts in the league.

They come into tonight's match having lost 3-1 to Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena over two weeks ago.

PREVIOUS

This will be the third meeting of the sides this season.

Our first visit to Perth this season saw the home side win 2-0 thanks to second half goals from David Wotherspoon and Matty Kennedy back in October.

St Johnstone visited Paisley on Boxing Day and left with all the points after an 89th minute goal from Tony Watt gave them a 1-0 win.

Indeed, St Johnstone have won the last four meetings between the two sides with the Buddies last victory over St Johnstone coming at McDiarmid Park in October 2014 when goals from Jason Naismith and Adam Drury gave us a 2-1 win.

WHAT A WIN WOULD MEAN

A win would see the Buddies move into 11th place, two points clear of Dundee who we face at the Simple Digital Arena on Saturday.

Even a draw for Saints would see us move into 11th ahead of Dundee on goal difference.

St Johnstone are looking for three points to keep their top six hopes alive.

The Perth side are currently ninth in the table - seven points behind sixth place Hibernian with four games to go until the split.

TEAM NEWS

The manager told press yesterday the squad is still as is which means Kyle Magennis and Lee Hodson are still out.

Stephen McGinn is getting closer, but the gaffer expects this week will come too soon for the skipper.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright says Niall Keown, Drey Wright, Callum Hendry and Blair Alston will miss tonight's game and David Wotherspoon is a doubt with an ankle knock. 

Zander Clark will return in goal for the hosts having missed their last four matches due to a hamstring problem.