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27/01/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm McDiarmid Park V Predicted Score:2 - 1

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Both teams to score in the first-half at 15/1. While St Johnstone have the slight edge, Thistle will get their breaks and an early goal will set the tempo for the 90.

2 We fancy:

McMillan to notch last at 17/1 and seal the points for the Saints. The new addition is a reliable outlet and scores all kinds of goals and the hope will be the Irishman can settle quickly in his new surroundings.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Thistle to win both halves is 30/1. The travelling opposition are capable of beating the Perth natives, but can’t afford any lapses in concentration from the first whistle to the last and it remains to be seen if the Jags can execute this plan.

Team News

St Johnstone's Last Six:

St Johnstone’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 2 Lost: 2

Winter signing David McMillan is pushing for inclusion from the start following his departure from Irish side Dundalk.

Saints are reasonably placed in the standings but have only scored 21 times all term. The much needed firepower could be just the boost in finishing the year strongly and avoiding any late struggles with the drop zone.

Defender Richard Foster remains out through suspension after his red card against Dundee in the Tayside derby.

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Partick Thistle's Last Six:

Partick Thistle’s last six: Won: 3 Drawn: 0 Lost: 3

The battling Jags secured their passage to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup thanks to two goals from striker Conor Sammon against Queen of the South.

The striker has three from his last two appearances and can expect to keep his place in the side.

Long term absentees Callum Booth and Abdul Osman made their return from injury in the same clash and will be valuable additions to the squad for the remainder of the campaign.

St Johnstone vs Partick Thistle Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

St Johnstone haven’t won at McDiarmid Park since September

Tommy Wright’s side began the season on fire, recording three straight wins before picking up a well-earned draw against runaway leaders Celtic. Impressively, the Saints took the lead and Brendan Rodgers’ men eventually equalised late on but the Bhoys were given a real scare on the day. Visitors Thistle are in trouble but know a win here will provide some much needed breathing space, as well as dragging St Johnstone in to the mix.

Last term’s fourth place side are 20/21 to take the points, and can still achieve a respectable league finish in the table. The Europa League hopefuls can take heart from the 3-1 triumph away at giants Rangers in December and have demonstrated they are a match for the division’s best on their day. Without a domestic win on home soil since September 23, it’s time for St Johnstone to show the form of the previous campaign.

Thistle are 13/5 to grab the glory and have offered encouragement in recent weeks. The Glasgow based outfit still have work to do but the recent successes against Hamilton Academical and bottom club Ross County prove they are not down and out just yet. There is plenty to play for and the landscape of the division could easily alter in the space of a fortnight.

The draw is 40/17, and wouldn’t be a bad outcome for either side with avoiding defeat important for both. Michael O’Halloran is 4/1 favourite to strike first, and the on-loan Gers man is guaranteed to start, making him an attractive proposition. The forward has enjoyed a good spell away from his parent club and will back himself to find the net if through on goal.

Ex-Wigan player Sammon is a genuine handful and can make his mark on the showdown. The target man is full of confidence and priced at 15/1 to score anytime and continue his purple patch.

Predicted Score: St Johnstone 2 - 1 Partick Thistle

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Written by Nick Valerio

Nick Valerio is a football fanatic whose writing has appeared online and in print. A Manchester United and Roma fan, Nick names Francesco Totti as his idol and Fabio Grosso’s World Cup-winning penalty in 2006 as his favourite moment in sport.