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Prediction: St Johnstone vs Celtic – tip, preview, lineups

Foot Predictions shows Sunday’s Scottish Premier League clash between St Johnstone and Celtic, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.

Celtic travel to St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday afternoon, looking for their tenth consecutive away win at McDiarmid Park.

The hosts, meanwhile, have scored 11 points in the last six league games and have lost just one of the last nine games in all competitions.

Match analysis

Celtic made up for the disappointing loss to St Mirren last month by convincingly defeating them 4-0 away on Wednesday.

Hoops achieved a narrow advantage in the interval, thanks to an attack from Tom Rogic, before three goals in four minutes of Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and David Turnbull confirmed a comfortable victory at Paisley.

Manager Neil Lennon praised his team’s “brilliant” performance in the second half and suggested that they looked more like the team they were last year when they won the league.

Hoops won all three matches in February and heads to St Johnstone after beating their last two opponents away by a 4-0 score.

Celtic have an impressive record against Santos and, before the 1-1 draw in December, Hoops had won eight consecutive matches by an aggregate score of 29-0.

Ensuring three points away from home again this weekend would lead Lennon’s men to consolidate second place and take their fourth consecutive league victory for the first time since December.

Callum Davidson pictured in 2018

After failing to win away from home in the Scottish Premiership since mid-October, St Johnstone have won consecutive away games against Kilmarnock and, more recently, away from home against Livingston last weekend.

An impressive free shot of Scott Tanser and a clinical header of Shaun Rooney helped Santos win three points against Lions and end the host’s 14 game unbeaten run.

Head coach Callum Davidson was pleased with his team’s seventh league win, but said the result against Livingston will have no bearing on when the two teams meet again in the Scottish League Cup final later this month.

Saints have just two league games before heading to Hampden Park and hope to reach the final with two positive results, starting with their home game on Sunday with Hoops.

St Johnstone have struggled with Celtic in recent years, failing to win any of their last 17 games, losing 14 of those matches and scoring just seven goals in the process.

Ending this miserable streak with a victory on Sunday could lead Santos to move up to sixth on the table, with a 10 point advantage over the last two.

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Celtic players celebrate Shane Duffy's goal against Ross County on September 12, 2020

Midfielder Murray Davidson, who limped in the loss to Rangers, is St Johnstone’s only concern at the moment.

attacker Stevie May, who missed a penalty after entering as a reserve against Livingston, may have to settle for a seat on the bench again this weekend, with Chris Kane likely to start at the front.

Celtic pair Christopher Jullien (knee) and James Forrest (ankle) remains out due to injury, although the latter may return to training before the end of the month.

Neil Lennon chose Celtic unchanged after the 2-1 home win over Motherwell at Parkhead and after the impressive win at St Mirren, the Hoops coach can retain the same eleven players as a starter for the third consecutive game.

Ryan Christie left the team that faced Motherwell after rolling his ankle against Kilmarnock earlier this month, but is now in contention to start ahead of Australian midfielder Tom Rogic.

Possible initial lineup of St Johnstone:
Clark; Kerr, Gordon, McCart; Rooney, Craig, McCann, Tanser; Melamed, Wotherspoon; Kane

Possible initial Celtic lineup:
Bain; Kenny, Welsh, Ajer, Taylor; Brown; McGregor, Turnbull; Rogic; Ajeti, Edouard

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Probability: St Johnstone 1-3 Celtic

St Johnstone will gain confidence with the 1-1 draw in December, with Celtic heading to Sunday’s clash and will try to improve their recent good form.

However, Hoops have scored the most away goals in the league so far in this campaign and after finding their own form in front of the goal this month, Santos should struggle on Sunday to keep Lennon’s men quiet in the final third. .

We can see visitors winning three points at McDiarmid Park once again.

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