The home side find themselves in that position having played a game less, while County have benefitted from winning their opening two matches of the campaign.
After only narrowly avoiding a relegation battle last season, St Mirren have upset the odds during the early weeks of this campaign with two wins from three games.
Their sole defeat came at the hands of Rangers at Ibrox, with 1-0 victories over Livingston and Hamilton Academical coming either side of their trip to Glasgow.
St Mirren are already a fifth of the way towards matching last season's points total, and Jim Goodwin will be eager to take advantage of playing a fixture of this importance while his side are in good form.
Scoring just twice suggests that their long-standing issues in front of goal are yet to be solved, but two clean sheets will fill Goodwin with confidence ahead of the visit of County.
Defender Richard Tait has been the star of the show thus far, contributing a goal and an assist while also playing his part at the back.
County will also be delighted with their start to the season, even if the gloss has been taken off with a home defeat to Dundee United last weekend.
Nevertheless, having only finished six points above the drop zone in 2019-20, Stuart Kettlewell will be focusing on the positives ahead of the visit to The Simple Digital Arena.
Having not scored more than seven in a season for County since 2017, Ross Stewart will want to build on already netting twice in four outings since the beginning of August.
St Mirren Scottish Premiership form: WLW
Ross County Scottish Premiership form: WWDL
Despite his arrival on a free transfer, former Notts County forward Kristian Dennis will only be named among the St Mirren replacements.
Barring any late fitness issues, Goodwin could name the same starting lineup from the last fixture.
Kettelwell is expected to make several changes to his Ross County XI, including handing a recall to Lee Erwin.
St Mirren possible starting lineup:
Alnwick; Fraser, Foley, Shaughnessy, Tait; MacPherson, Sheron, McGrath; McAllister; Morias, Obika
Ross County possible starting lineup:
Laidlaw; Randall, Donaldson, Iacovitti, Reid; Draper, Vigurs; Erwin, Paton, Stewart; Mckay
We say: St Mirren 1-1 Ross County
With neither team being prolific this season, do not expect the goals to flow on Saturday afternoon. A closely-fought contest is likely to be played out at The Simple Digital Arena, one which could lead to a low-scoring draw.