Foot Predictions shows the Scottish Premier League clash on Saturday between St Mirren and Livingston, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
St Mirren to receive Livingston to Paisley on Saturday afternoon with the Buddies looking to end a series of three Scottish Premiership games without winning.
Livingston has also struggled recently, after a good form, having lost the last two league games.
Jim GoodwinSt Mirren’s team is now sixth on the leaderboard, but the gap between them and Livi, fifth, has been reduced to five points.
The Paisley Saints had a mixed period, with a 4-0 defeat at Celtic stronghold on 10 February, followed by consecutive draws in Aberdeen and at home with the Hamilton Academical.
Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Hamilton took the Buddies back to the top half of the Premiership, but Goodwin was frustrated with how his team gave up the 1-0 lead to lose on all three points.
The Saints hit the post twice and forced a superb save from the Accies goalkeeper Ryan Fulton, and Goodwin now wants his team to focus again and seal his place in the top six.
He also praised the Santos keeper’s performance Jak Alnwick, who made a great save to ensure that St Mirren secured a part of the points.
Livingston’s long streak finally came to an end in February, with the boss David Martindale experiencing defeat for the first time in his reign on February 6 at St Johnstone.
That 2-1 loss was followed by a 3-0 loss to Dundee United last weekend, a game that saw a red card awarded to each side. Livi’s Jack Fitzwater was dismissed right after the hour mark.
Manager Martindale was also in the news this week after expressing disappointment with the Prime Minister Nicola SturgeonComments on the need for Scottish football to “put the house in order” in relation to violations of the COVID-19 protocols.
Martindale thought the comments were unfair, but fans are sure to want to stay focused on what happens on the pitch, especially as the West Lothian team faltered in February.
St Mirren Scottish Premiership form: LLWLDD
Livingston Scottish Premiership form: DWDWLL
Livingston form (all competitions): WWDWLL
All news from the teams
St Mirren coach Goodwin has to deal with some injury problems before this game, with his attack options somewhat limited.
Middle offensive Jamie McGrath dislocated his shoulder in the recent loss to Celtic and is out of action as a new striker Eamonn Brophy he has a fractured foot that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
Jake Doyle-Hayes you have an ankle problem that will keep you away for a few weeks, and Collin QuanerThe knee problem can still keep you away for a few games.
For Livi, Alan Lithgow and Keaghan Jacobs they are still out and Jack Fitzwater is suspended, although the club is appealing the red card he received against Dundee United.
David Martindale has no other injury or suspension before the game.
Possible initial lineup of St Mirren:
Alnwick; Fraser, McCarthy, Shaughnessy; Tait, MacPherson, Erhahon, Durmus; McAllister; Obika, Erwin
Possible initial lineup of Livingston:
Stryjek; Devlin, Ambrose, Guthrie, Serrano; Pittman, Bartley, Holt; Mullin, Robinson, Sibbald
Probability: St Mirren 1-1 Livingston
St Mirren is a difficult team to beat, but has also found it difficult to win in recent games, while Livi has also suffered some bumps recently.
This game seems to have been a very close draw with 1-1 as a probable score.
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