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Preview: St Johnstone vs Hibs

We’re back on the road against for cinch Premiership action as we take on St Johnstone; 3pm kick-off at McDiarmid Park.

THE LOWDOWN

We come into this game with the drive and determination to return back to winning ways and to push back up the cinch Premiership.

In our last outing we were beaten 1-0 away from home at Ross County, which means we’ve lost five straight league matches.

Despite this, we currently sit one point and two places higher than this weekend’s opponents, St Johnstone.

In their last league game they drew 0-0 with St Mirren. However, more recently than that they were beaten 1-0 by Celtic in the Premier Sports Cup semi-final.

TEAM NEWS

Jack Ross will welcome Ryan Porteous back to his squad after the central defender served a one match suspension.

He will, however, be without Christian Doidge and Martin Boyle after the pair were sent off against Ross County.

There’s a chance that Jamie Murphy could be available for selection after he returned to training today. However, Hallberg, Mackay, Mackie and Magennis are all unavailable.

THE HOSTS

St Johnstone currently sit in 9th position of the cinch Premiership with 14 points from the first 13 games of the campaign.

Callum Davidson’s side have only won one of their last five games; that came away at Dundee United at the end of October. They have drawn their last two games on home soil, though, picking up a point against both St Mirren and Hearts.

They have actually only won one game at home so far this season, which was at the beginning of October against Dundee.

Stevie May and Christopher Kane have been their top scorers this with two goals a piece, whilst Michael O’Halloran has been their creative spark with two assists to his name.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

It was a Martin Boyle penalty that guaranteed the three points the last time we met St Johnstone at Easter Road. A victory that put us in second place back in September.

We came out on top of what was an incredibly tight encounter, with our defensive discipline and fighting spirit shining through.

Jamie McCart was sent off in that game too for St Johnstone after receiving two yellow cards.

After the game, Jack Ross said: “The game needed either a moment of fortune or a moment of magic to win it.

"Martin Boyle hasn't been training and Kyle Magennis went off injured at half-time. I think that's impacted our performance levels slightly, but we have dug out points and that's a sign of how this team are continuing to grow.”

SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Due to the capacity of the McDiarmid Park, supporters will not be subject to the proof of vaccine scheme.

However, circumstances can change very quickly, so with that in mind, we’d urge our supporters to carry a Covid Passport to all matches in Scotland to cover all eventualities.