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Scottish Championship side Arbroath Welcome Premiership outfit St. Johnstone to Gayfield Park for their second round of the League Cup on Sunday.
The last time these two teams competed against each other was in that round of the competition 12 years ago when the Saints went away to a 6-0 win.
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For the second straight year, Arbroath has left the League Cup group stage, winning three of the four games and finishing second behind Group B winners Dundee United.
Their only loss was to the Tangerines, while their three wins came against lower league opponents in the form of Elgin City, East Fife and Kelty Hearts.
As the group stage came to an end, Dick Campbell‘s men have only scored one point from their first two championship games. They lost their opening game at home 0-1 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle before they drew 2-2 at Ayr Mark McKenzie scored the equalizer for the hosts in the 87th minute.
Arbroath has only faced St. Johnstone five times in this century and lost each time. The last win came in January 1986 when they won a game in the second division 1-0 at home.
St. Johnstone, meanwhile, enter the game on Sunday after losing 4-2 in the second leg of the third round of Europa League qualifying to Galatasaray, with the Turkish giants winning 5-3 overall.
Manager Callum Davidson has told his players to “keep their heads up” after meeting a strong European team from head to toe, and the 45-year-old will soon be joining his team in a playoff duel with LASK Linz for a place in Preparing for the first European championship conference league.
St. Johnstone has not won any of its four competitive games this season. Before losing on Thursday, the Saints pulled out their first two league games against Ross County and Motherwell, as well as their first leg against Galatasaray in Istanbul.
However, Davidson will be confident that his side can claim their first win of the new season on Sunday when they face a team from Arbroath in a pre-season friendly in July, which they defeated 4-1 at Gayfield Park.
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While Arbroath right-back Jason Thomson continues to recover from knee injury, center-back Chris Hamilton will remain in his full-back position.
Veteran striker Bobby Linn hopes to force himself back into the starting XI the way it is Gavin Swankie, which has been used in all six games so far this season, but has only started once.
Campbell is expected to stay with the striker, however Jon Nobleone of which could be a partner Luke Donnelly, with three goals in five appearances the club’s top scorer so far this season.
Captain of St. Johnstone Jason Kerr played the full 90 minutes against Galatasaray despite doubtful entry into the game with an ankle injury and the defender is expected to play this weekend.
However, Davidson may decide to take the 24-year-old off as two games in four days could put too much strain on his ankle problem Hayden Muller – who played against Motherwell – could be in the starting blocks in a three-man defense.
Rotation is expected on Sunday, with people like Shaun Rooney, Reece Devine, Stevie May and Callum Hendry all probably at the expense of James Brown, Callum booth, Chris Kane and Michael O’Halloran.
Arbroath possible starting line-up:
Gaston; CH. Hamilton, Little, O’Brien, Co. Hamilton; Stewart, Low, Clark, McKenna; Donnelly, Nouble
St. Johnstone possible starting line-up:
Clark; Muller, Gordon, McCart; Rooney, Davidson, Craig, Devine; Middleton; Hendry, May
Probability: Arbroath 0-3 St Johnstone
Although Davidson may make several changes to his squad, he hopes that with a League Cup win, they can recover from their midweek Europa League elimination.
The Premiership visitors will be strong favorites to win on Sunday and shouldn’t have any problems making it through to the quarter-finals.
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