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

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

Two teams at opposite ends of the Scottish Premiership table will compete on Saturday as St Johnstone travel to Tannadice Park as they attempt to stay above the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Dundee United have the opportunity to potentially go level on points with Rangers at the weekend as the Tangerines continue to stay in the title race.


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Dundee United's Calum Butcher in action with Hibernian's Kevin Nisbet in the Scottish FA Cup on May 8, 2021© Reuters

Dundee United are currently enjoying a five-game unbeaten streak as they head into Saturday's fixture, but they will be looking to get back to winning ways following midweek.

The squad will have been left frustrated from their travels to Livingston as they were held to a 1-1 draw, even though the Lions had 10 men throughout the entire second half.

Nicky Clark scored an own goal which initially put his team behind, but Peter Pawlett was able to bring them back into the game to keep them in fourth place.

Dundee United have stepped up defensively as of late, conceding no more than one goal in a game throughout their last five outings, while they have also kept two clean sheets in that period.

They also managed to pick up three points the last time they faced St Johnstone in what proved to be a whirlwind of a fixture as Pawlett scored the only goal of the game, shortly before he was sent off.

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson pictured on August 5, 2021© Reuters

The visitors will be hoping not to repeat that this time around as they sit just four points above the foot of the table, which will provide plenty of motivation for this particular fixture.

After suffering consecutive defeats, St Johnstone were able to earn a point in midweek when they faced Hearts, who are the only undefeated team in the league.

Despite having only 30% of the possession in the game, Callum Davidson's team did draw 1-1, with Liam Gordon having initially given them the lead.

While the Saints are currently struggling in the league, having only won two of their first 11 fixtures, a victory on Saturday does have the potential to see them climb up to eighth place.

Dundee United Scottish Premiership form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

Dundee United form (all competitions):
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

St Johnstone Scottish Premiership form:
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D

St Johnstone form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D



Team News

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson celebrates after the match on May 9, 2021© Reuters

Jeando Fuchs was rested in midweek for Dundee United as Declan Glass was given the chance to reclaim his spot in the middle of the park, providing Tam Courts with a couple of options for Saturday.

Clark will be set to lead the line for the Tangerines, with five in midfield being the preferred setup for the club recently, giving plenty of help both offensively and defensively.

After scoring and being named the new club captain, Gordon will be keen to lead his team from the back at the weekend as he continues in the middle of the defensive three.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the field, Stevie May and Chris Kane shall be trying to cause problems for Dundee United as they lead the line.

Dundee United possible starting lineup:
Siegrist; Freeman, Edwards, Mulgrew, McMann; Pawlett, Niskanen, Harkes, Levitt, Glass; Clark

St Johnstone possible starting lineup:
Clark; Dendoncker, Gordon, McCart; Brown, MacPhereson, Davidson, Crawford, Booth; May, Kane


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We say: Dundee United 2-0 St Johnstone

Dundee United have been performing well in recent weeks and that confidence is likely going to be on full display on Saturday in front of their fans.

With the potential to climb the league table, the Tangerines should walk away with three points against a team that have struggled so far this season.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1RangersRangers14103132141833
2Celtic1492332102229
3Hearts1576225141127
4Dundee UnitedDundee Utd157441514125
5Motherwell156361924-521
6Hibernian135351717018
7St Mirren153751624-816
8Aberdeen154381621-515
9St Johnstone14356914-514
10Livingston143471220-813
11Dundee143471427-1313
12Ross County142481927-810

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