Livingston head to McDiarmid Park this Saturday for matchday two in the Scottish Premiership, in which they will face St Johnstone. St Johnstone got off to the worst possible start on their opening fixture as they were washed away 7-0. by a rampant Celtic side. Tommy Wright will be hoping his men can secure their first points of the season this time around. Livingston sit in midtable after their opening game ended in a 0-0 draw, but Gary Holt will fancy his side’s chances in this meeting.
St Johnstone’s recent loss to Celtic summed up the form they displayed throughout pre-season, which left a lot to be desired. Before their recent loss, the hosts had lost three of their last four fixtures alongside just one win. Montrose dealt them their first defeat with a narrow 1-0 win, which was then followed by a 2-1 loss to Ross County. St Johnstone then managed to secure a win in strong fashion, as they eased to a 4-0 win over Brechin, however, their success was short-lived when they were dealt another loss by Forfar. Then came their opening fixture with Celtic, who made light work of their opponents with an emphatic 7-0 win in Glasgow.
Livingston will arrive at their opponents’ home ground full of confidence that they can secure all three points, after going unbeaten in their last four outings. Throughout those fixtures, Livingston have secured three wins and one draw. The first of their wins came against Ayr, who they secured a narrow 2-1 win over, which was followed by another narrow victory against Stranraer. Gary Holt’s men then showed their class in the following match against Berwick Rangers, who they beat 5-0. Motherwell stood in their way during the opening game of the season and after 90 minutes the two could not be separated, with the final score ending 0-0.
The hosts will once more be without centre-back, Liam Gordon who remains injured. We should see the same forward partnership of Matty Kennedy and Michael O’Halloran starting on Saturday, despite their poor outing against Celtic. Expect to see Murray Davidson in the heart of midfield after he promised his fans they will silence critics after their embarrassing defeat to Celtic.
Jack McMillan will be assessed after being taken off after 73 minutes due to a knock last time out. Craig Sibbald returned to the bench following his impressive outing against Berwick Rangers, but we may see him return to the starting XI after coming on as a substitute against Motherwell. Lyndon Dykes failed to find the back of the net against Motherwell, but we still expect to see him fronting his side’s 4-2-3-1 system. Gary Holt has no injury concerns ahead of this fixture.
After seeing St Johnstone be pulled apart in their opening game of the season you may dismiss their chances against Livingston, but we fancy them to secure their first three points. You can find odds for the hosts to win priced around 2.30, while their opponents sit at 3.10. We fancy it to be a close fixture with St Johnstone winning by a single goal, whilst keeping a clean sheet.