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Preview: Hibernian vs. St Johnstone - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Scottish Premiership clash between Hibernian and St Johnstone, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Hibernian host St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on Tuesday night hoping to climb to third in the table and move within two points of Celtic in second place.

Meanwhile, St Johnstone are looking to go five league matches unbeaten and win their fifth top-flight game of the campaign.


Match preview

Ryan Porteous of Hibernian pictured in September 2020© Reuters

Hibernian let slip a two-goal lead on Saturday as Celtic fought back to draw 2-2 in what was a dramatic encounter at Easter Road.

Jamie Murphy opened the scoring seven minutes into the second half before Kevin Nisbet doubled their lead after having his earlier penalty saved. However, Celtic fought back with Diego Laxalt scoring the equaliser in added time.

After the weekend's draw and defeat to Aberdeen two weeks ago, Jack Ross's side are hoping to get back to winning ways against St Johnstone.

Hibernian have won both of their last two league games against the Saints – they last beat them three times in a row in the Scottish Premiership back in September 2009.

Murphy also has a good record against the Saints having scored six times against them in his career. The Scottish winger has only scored more goals against his current club Hibs in the top-flight, where he has netted eight times.

Hibs missed the chance to move above Aberdeen, who lost to Rangers on Sunday, but now have another chance to do just that with a win on Tuesday.

St Johnstone came from behind to earn a point in a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Motherwell on Saturday, as Stevie May's first-half penalty cancelled out Mark O'Hara's early breakthrough.

The Saints currently sit in eighth place in the Scottish Premiership table and a victory on Tuesday would see Callum Davidson's side move two places higher to sixth.

After beating Hamilton 5-3 in their last away league outing, St Johnstone are aiming to pick up back-to-back away victories in the Scottish Premiership for the first time since December 2019.

The Saints are also unbeaten in their last five away league games at Hibernian in Scotland's top tier – winning three and drawing the other two – since a 2-0 defeat in August 2012.

St Johnstone lost 1-0 to Hibs earlier in the campaign, a game where they failed to have a single shot on target. Davidson will be keen for his side to improve in the final third on Tuesday and keep their good run of form going.

Hibernian Scottish Premiership form: LWDWLD
Hibernian form (all competitions): DWLLWD

St Johnstone Scottish Premiership form: LLWDWD
St Johnstone form (all competitions): WDWLWD


Team News

Kevin Nisbet pictured for Hibernian in October 2020© Reuters

Hibs midfielder Kyle Magennis, who has been out injured for nearly a month, is close to full recovery and could be back in contention by the end of November.

Left-back Sean Mackie, who made his first appearance of the season against Celtic after five months on the sidelines, could keep his starting spot ahead of Josh Doig.

Striker Christian Doidge is likely to be back after he was ruled out of Saturday's clash with Celtic due to rolling his ankle in training on Friday.

Tuesday could see Callum Davidson name the same starting XI for the third successive Scottish Premiership match.

Craig Bryson, Michael O'Halloran and Chris Kane, who all came on as substitutes against Motherwell, are likely to begin the match from the bench once again.

Hibernian possible starting lineup:
Marciano; McGinn, Porteous, Hanlon, Mackie; Boyle, Gogic, Newell, Murphy; Nisbet, Doidge

St Johnstone possible starting lineup:
Clark; Kerr, Gordon, McCart; McNamara, McCann, Davidson, Tanser; Wotherspoon, Conway; May


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We say: Hibernian 2-1 St Johnstone

Despite losing their last two encounters with Hibs, St Johnstone have a good record against Tuesday's hosts away from home. But with top goalscorer Kevin Nisbet set to be partnered once again with Christian Doidge, Hibernian's striking duo have the quality to cause the Saints problems in the final third.


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Who will win Tuesday's Scottish Premiership clash between Hibernian and St Johnstone?

Hibernian
Draw
St Johnstone
Hibernian
77.4%
Draw
11.8%
St Johnstone
10.8%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1RangersRangers1513204133841
2Celtic1393134132130
3Hibernian157532116526
4Aberdeen138231915426
5Dundee UnitedDundee Utd155551218-620
6Kilmarnock145271816217
7St Johnstone154471319-616
8Motherwell134361518-315
9Ross County153481026-1613
10Livingston153391424-1012
11St Mirren12327715-811
12Hamilton AcademicalHamilton1321101435-217

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