St Johnstone vs Motherwell Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Eighth-placed St Johnstone welcome seventh-placed Motherwell to McDiarmid Park in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
Last time: Motherwell recorded a 2-0 win when the pair last locked horns on 6 February. Allan Campbell opened the scoring in the 64thminute before Curtis Main netted a second six minutes later.
This time: St Johnstone are 7/5 to triumph with Motherwell at 119/50 and the draw at 47/20.
You might remember: Well had three players sent off in their 4-1 defeat away to St Johnstone earlier this season. Trevor Carson was the first to go in the 63rdminute, before Carl McHugh and Charles Dunne received their marching orders too.
St Johnstone's Last Six:
Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3
On-loan Manchester United midfielder Matty Willock came off the bench to score in St Johnstone’s 4-1 defeat at Aberdeen last time out, and could start here.
Scottish midfielder Blair Alston, however, is an injury doubt after the substitute had to be replaced in the same match.
Motherwell's Last Six:
Won: 2 Drawn: 2 Lost: 2
Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson could shuffle his pack following Tuesday’s disappointing home defeat to Aberdeen.
Gael Bigirimana and Ross MacLean both came off the bench in the 2-0 loss, and will be pushing for a spot in the starting team this weekend.
Motherwell will look to make it back-to-back Scottish Premiership wins over St Johnstone when they travel to McDiarmid Park on Saturday afternoon. Stephen Robinson’s side ran out 2-0 winners in their last meeting towards the start of February, but St Johnstone have actually been victorious in five of their last seven Scottish Premiership clashes.
The home side will enter the match off the back of a 4-1 defeat at Aberdeen last weekend, while Motherwell, who are popular in the Scottish Premiership predictionsmarket, suffered a 2-0 loss at home to the same opponents on Tuesday night.
St Johnstone are 7/5 to triumph on home soil this weekend. Tommy Wright’s side have collected 37 points from 32 Scottish Premiership matches this season, with that total leaving them in eighth position in the table. The Saints know that a win over Motherwell would move them into seventh, however, and they will be looking for their sixth home victory of the campaign. It has been a mixed season for Wright’s side, but they have had the best of the recent meetings with Motherwell, which is certainly worth considering when analysing the football predictions market.
Motherwell are 119/50 as Robinson’s side look to bounce back from their 2-0 home defeat to Aberdeen on Tuesday night. The Steelmen have not actually won in the Scottish Premiership since beating Dundee at the end of February, although they have drawn with both Celtic and Rangers in two of their last four league matches. Well have found it difficult on their travels this season, however, losing nine and winning just four of their 15 fixtures away from home. Meanwhile, as already mentioned in this Scottish Premiership preview, Robinson’s team suffered a 4-1 defeat when they travelled to St Johnstone earlier this season.
The draw is 47/20 as part of the best football betting tips for this fixture. These two teams played out a 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park as recently as December 2016, and the Scottish Premiership table shows that there is not much between them. Indeed, both have collected 37 points from 32 league fixtures this term. That said, Motherwell have only drawn two of their 15 away Scottish Premiership matches.
Chris Kane is at 6/1 in the first goalscorer market, while the St Johnstone forward can be backed at 21/10 to register at any point during the 90 minutes. The 23-year-old has managed three goals in 11 league matches this season, and is certainly capable of causing Motherwell – who are regularly tipped to lose on their travels when it comes to Scottish Premiership predictions – problems in this match.
Curtis Main is at 7/1 in the first goalscorer market for Motherwell, while the 25-year-old can be backed at 5/2 to score at any point during the 90 minutes. Main only managed one shot on target during a disappointing performance against Aberdeen last time out, but he has scored five times in 11 Scottish Premiership matches since moving to Motherwell from Portsmouth in early 2018.
Predicted Score: St Johnstone 1 - 1 Motherwell
Look out for:
Goals. The recent meetings between the two teams suggest that there could be goals in this one, and that market must be pointed out as part of the football betting tips for the weekend. Indeed, it is 10/3 for over 3.5 goals, while over 4.5 goals – which occurred at McDiarmind Park earlier this season – is 15/2.
Today’s football predictionis the 1-1 draw at 11/2 – there isn’t an awful lot between these two teams in terms of quality, and we fancy the pair to play out a low-scoring draw at McDiarmid Park.
It’s a long shot, but:
St Johnstone recorded a 4-1 win when these two teams met in a Scottish Premiership match earlier this season. That particular scoreline on this occasion can be backed as high as 50/1, which is an appealing price when considering the football score predictions for this game.
Written by Matt Law
Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.