St Johnstone

V

McDiarmid Park

27/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

Partick Thistle, Football

Partick Thistle

V

McDiarmid Park

27/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Mid-table St Johnstone will take on relegation threatened Partick Thistle on January 27.

Last time: Miles Storey bagged the game’s only goal in a hard fought win for the Jags. The defeat for St Johnstone was their fourth in a spell of five matches yielding only one point in the process.

This time: The hosts are 20/21 for the win, while Thistle are 13/5 and the draw is 40/17.

You might remember: The sides have swapped victories in eight of the last encounters and Saturday afternoon’s clash really could go either way.  Last year, Alan Archibald’s men knocked out the Saints to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals for the first time in nearly a decade.

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Betting Tips & 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.

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.

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.