Kilmarnock

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Rugby Park

07/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

St Johnstone

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Rugby Park

07/03/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: A true Scottish Premiership mid-table clash is in store as the in-form Kilmarnock welcome the Saints to Rugby Park in a game that puts the away side under pressure as a loss will keep them nervously looking over their shoulders in case they are dragged into a relegation battle.

Last time: St. Johnstone enjoyed their trip to Kilmarnock earlier in the season after claiming a 2-1 win in August. An early David Wotherspoon strike gave the Saints the lead, but Kris Boyd equalised for the home side mid-way in the second half before a late Michael O’Halloran winner sent the away fans home in raptures.

This time: Kilmarnock are 21/20 to win with St. Johnstone at 5/2 and the draw 12/2

You might remember: In March 2012 the pair played out a 0-0 draw in the Premiership, as unremarkable as the scoreline was, the game was notable for a spate of red cards. Dean Shiels saw red for the home side before Cillian Sheridan was dismissed for St. Johnstone in a game that saw eight yellows in total.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Kilmarnock haven’t lost at Rugby Park since November 26

For Kilmarnock, the season is now all about consolidation. Survival is assured but a shot at Europe a stretch too far. However, they will have designs on overhauling Hearts in fifth. For their opponents, points are a little more urgent as another defeat could drag them into an unwanted relegation playoff fight. The tight Rugby Park is the stage for a Scottish Premiership game that will have ramifications for both sides.

Kilmarnock are 21/20 to win and straight out of the hat, that is great value. Killie have not lost a game since the 27th January in a run that included a victory over Celtic on home soil. That confidence cannot be discounted as Steve Clarke is getting a tune out of his Kilmarnock side.

St Johnstone are 5/2 to win and there is reason to back that. Mainly because the Saints have won on their last two trips to Rugby Park. However, goals are Saints big problem this season and with only 12 on the road all season, something is going to have to change on Wednesday for St. Johnstone to make it a three from three at Killie.

The draw is 12/2 and considering the game is almost a dead-rubber for the home side, that could be a tempting price. A point will also be useful for the visitors as sitting six-points clear of Partick in 11th is by no means a disaster, it is keeping some of the Saints board awake at night and another point further away from danger will help the hierarchy to a better night’s sleep.

Under 2.5 goals is 4/6 and that is a very sensible bet. St. Johnstone have scored just 25 league goals all season which is the worst in the league. In six games in February, the Saints managed just three goals and with Kilmarnock averaging just 1.4 goals a game at home this season, don’t tune in if it is a high scoring affair you are after.

Both teams to score: No, is 19/20 and much for the same reasons as above except a shut out from either side does present slightly better odds.  Also, five of the last seven results between the two has seen a clean sheet in the game for one the teams.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A match winner. There has just been one draw in the last fifteen head to heads between the two and although a draw may look a good price on paper, the stats suggest it is not the way to go.

For either team to win the game is at 1/3 and if you cannot choose between the two, why not have both?

2

We fancy:

Kilmarnock to win 1-0 is 6/1 and offers great value for a likely outcome.

Twice in February Killie won by that scoreline and against weaker opponents, the side sitting sixth in the table should come through the game without too much difficulty.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

St. Johnstone to score over 3.5 goals in the game is 25/1 and although it is unlikely, they have managed to do it once away from home this year.

Admittedly, that was away to Albion in the Scottish Cup but the Saints are more in need of the points and that could be all the motivation they need.

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!