Foot Predictions shows the Scottish Premier League clash on Saturday between Motherwell and St Johnstone, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Motherwell to receive St Johnstone to Lanarkshire this Saturday for what must be an interesting clash from the Scottish Premiership.
Both teams are in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle, but recent good form means that a submission in the first half for either team is certainly not out of the question.
Boss motherwell Graham Alexander has seen his team undergo an inconsistent race in the last few games.
Victories in Ross County and home to Dundee United were followed by a loss to Celtic, before the team recovered with a 1-0 victory at Kilmarnock.
The 4-1 loss at Hamilton Academical last weekend will have affected Alexander and he will want a reaction from his team this weekend.
Scottish international defender Stephen O’Donnell he was sent off after 18 minutes of play, when his team already had one goal less.
They conceded three more goals before Mark O’Hara hit a penalty spot on 68 minutes.
Midfielder O’Hara showed his versatility in that game by playing in four different positions after returning from a concussion.
The penalty he scored was his fourth goal of the season, but his personal achievements did nothing to ease the pain of defeat in the Lanarkshire derby.
He acknowledged that the Steelmen have some work to do if they want to start moving up the table again and that work begins on Saturday against the St Johnstone team that has been in good shape since defeating Hibernian in the League Cup semifinal on 23 January.
That semifinal victory was part of a seven-game unbeaten run that only ended with a 1-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox. Since the defeat at Govan, Perth Saints have won in Livingston in great form and lost at Celtic.
Manager Callum Davidson he felt his team was the victim of inconsistent arbitration at McDiarmid Park against Hoops, and he wants his team to recover strongly in Lanarkshire on Saturday.
Perth Saints are in eighth place on the table, four points behind Dundee United and St Mirren. A victory on Saturday could lead them to put pressure on both teams, who face off at Paisley this weekend.
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All news from the teams
Motherwell Goalkeepers Scott Fox and Trevor Carson will remain out for the rest of the season, but Graham Alexander has a number of other injury concerns to deal with this weekend.
Liam Donnelly and Charles Dunne both are away with knee problems, while Scotland’s international defender Declan Gallagher he has an injury to the hamstring tendon.
Liam Grimshaw is also sick, while Steven Lawless have a knee injury and Nathan McGinley is recovering from a concussion.
Stephen O’Donnell is suspended after receiving a red card against Hamilton last weekend.
For St Johnstone, Murray Davidson could return from injury this weekend, although he is more likely to return to the team for the League Cup final against Livingston.
Defender Scott Tanser and goalkeeper Ross Sinclair they are both out of action.
A player who could play for Perth Saints is a recent signing Charlie Gilmour, a product of the Arsenal academy that played for Scotland and England in the youth teams.
Possible Motherwell initial lineup:
Kelly; Johnston, Mugabi, Lamie, Carroll; Campbell, O’Hara, Maguire; Long, Watt, Cole
Possible initial lineup of St Johnstone:
Clark; Kerr, Gordon, McCart; Rooney, McCann, Bryson, Booth; Conway, Wotherspoon; Kane
Probability: Motherwell 1-2 St Johnstone
None of these teams have drawn many games in the past few weeks, and St Johnstone has been doing very well, taking the results against Old Firm.
The Perth Saints therefore look like likely winners, although they need to be aware of the Steelmen’s reaction to last week’s derby defeat at Hamilton.
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