Kilmarnock make the trip to McDiarmid Park on Saturday as they take on St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership, with the match set to begin at 3pm. As things stand going into the weekend’s fixtures, the home side are placed in tenth spot after three outings, still searching for their first victory of the campaign having been beaten once and drawn twice, while the visitors are also on the hunt for their first three points with two defeats on the board already.
St. Johnstone got the short end of the short end of the stick when they were matched up against champions of the last eight seasons, Celtic, for their opening clash of the brand new 2019/2020 season. Celtic Park was bouncing as seven goals were struck past a helpless Zander Clark in the Kilmarnock net to no reply from Tommy Wright’s men in what was an annihilation, to say the least. Their response from that thrashing has been somewhat positive with two successive draws, the first of which arriving at home versus Livingston as they fought from two goals down to level things up in the second half through Matthew Kennedy and Callum Hendry. Another 2-2 stalemate came soon after away to Hibernian, with St. Johnstone again forced to fight for the point as their opponents went ahead twice in the game.
Kilmarnock’s opening game of the campaign wasn’t easy either as Steven Gerrard’s Rangers came to town with a fire in their belly for success this season. Scott Arfield put the visitors in front just sixteen minutes in, but Stephen O’Donnell sent home supporters jubilant with a late equalizer, assisted by Chris Burke. However, Connor Goldson was on hand to break the hearts of the majority within Rugby Park as he hit home to earn three points for Rangers. A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Hamilton Academical followed that result six days later, and last time out Kilmarnock were held to a stalemate by Aberdeen just one week after beating them in the League Cup.
Kilmarnock are unbeaten against St. Johnstone in their last five meetings, winning four of those games and keeping clean sheets in all of the previous four. They’re also in better form having not earned a win within the last two weeks, whereas St. Johnstone are winless in four matches.
Out of those four wins in the past five meetings, Kilmarnock have won by two goals to nil three times, the most recent of which coming in April. St. Johnstone have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four games in all competitions.
Kilmarnock averaged 0.33 goals in their opening three matches of 2019/2020
St. Johnstone have beaten Kilmarnock only once in seven attempts
There’s been at least two goals scored in six of the last seven encounters between this pair
David Wotherspoon is back in training following his knee injury that was sustained in mid July, while Drey Wright has also returned to training after recovering from his knee issue that kept him on the sidelines from November of last year. Other than that, there are no injury concerns for St. Johnstone manager Tommy Wright.
Adam Frizzell is still on the road to recovery having suffered a broken foot in May and the 21 year old will have to watch from the stands for quite some time yet before making a comeback to first team football. Kirk Broadfoot is battling a head injury he picked up last weekend and may not feature in this one.