Motherwell

V

Fir Park

06/02/2018 | 7:45 pm

St Johnstone

V

Fir Park

06/02/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Seventh plays eighth in the Scottish Premiership, when Motherwell host St Johnstone at Fir Park on Tuesday evening.

Last time: Michael O’Halloran scored a brace when the teams met at McDiarmid Park in August, as the Saints ran out 4-1 winners.

This time: Motherwell are 23/20 for the win, while St Johnstone are 29/10 and the draw is 12/5.

You might remember: Ben Hall and Stephen Pearson scoring the goals the last time ‘Well beat the Saints in December 2015.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Motherwell drew their game against Partick Thistle at Fir Park on Saturday

Tuesday’s game could be a crucial one in deciding whether either of these teams manage to finish in the top six when the Scottish Premiership splits. Motherwell are locked on 29 points with Kilmarnock, while St Johnstone are three points back but have two games in hand on Tuesday’s hosts.

Motherwell are 23/20 to pick up the victory, which would be a first in their last seven games against the Saints. ‘Well looked like they’d come back refreshed after the winter break in winning their first two games, but they’ve now failed to win any of their last three, including a 1-1 draw at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday.

St Johnstone are 29/10 to record their third straight win over Motherwell, and draw level on points with Robinson’s side. The Saints are without a win in their last five Scottish Premiership games, but will be buoyed by ‘Well’s recent poor run of form at home, winning just one of their last six at Fir Park.

The draw is 12/5 but doesn’t look very likely considering the history of this fixture. Only two of the last 18 games between the teams have ended in a stalemate. Both of those matches finished 1-1, and that scoreline is priced at 6/1 in the betting.

Nadir Ciftci and Ryan Bowman are the bookmakers’ favourite to open the scoring, with both Motherwell forwards priced at 11/2 to break the deadlock. 35-year-old Steven MacLean is 7/1 to score the first goal of the game for the Saints, and the odds are the same for David McMillan as the Irishman searches for his first goal for the club.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Goals. Only once in their last 10 meetings has one of these teams failed to score against each other. A both teams to score bet looks attractive at even money.

2

We fancy:

St Johnstone to win and both teams to score at 7/1. The visitors have a great record against Motherwell, and will be looking to close the gap in this game. A 2-1 away win is 13/1.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

a 1-1 draw with Ciftci to score first is priced at 22/1. The on-loan Celtic man will be threat in what could be a tight game at Fir Park.

Written by Oli Coates

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