Celtic may be stuttering in the Scottish Premiership, but they are still unbeaten, and we fully expect the Hoops to leave Perth with three more points.
It’s not been a great week for Celtic it must be said, so can they end it with a victory in Perth?
Last Saturday, despite taking the lead through David Turnbull’s 86th minute penalty, the Hoops were held to a 1-1 draw by Motherwell at Parkhead, conceding deep into injury time.
Brendan Rodgers’ team do remain unbeaten in the Premiership this season, but this is their third underwhelming draw of the campaign.
Then, on Tuesday night, the Bhoys were eliminated from Europe, beaten 2-0 by Lazio at Stadio Olimpico, conceding twice in three minutes towards the end.
With just one point on the board, Celtic’s final group game against Feyenoord is a dead-rubber, while they’re now winless in 15 Champions League matches, an unwanted British record.
So now, with only domestic competition to focus on, can the Celts restart a winning sequence?
St Johnstone meantime kick off in the relegation play-off spot, above only Livingston, having appointed Craig Levein as manager less than a month ago.
His reign got off to a flier, holding Motherwell to a 2-2 draw before a 2-1 win over Ross County before, last weekend, Levein’s return to Tynecastle saw his new team beaten 1-0 by his former employees.
The Saints have only won two of 13 league matches so far, meaning their 15-year stay in the top-flight is under serious threat.
Having said that, back in August, St Johnstone did leave Celtic Park with a point, battling to a goalless draw.
Nevertheless, the champions have won each of their last 13 visits to McDiarmid Park, scoring 39 goals, so we expect to see another routine victory for the Hoops.
Celtic half time/full time, over 2.5 goals and both teams to score NO
Celtic have conceded just eight goals in 13 Scottish Premiership matches so far, with Joe Hart keeping seven clean sheets in his last 11 outings.
At the other end of the park, Brendan Rodgers’ team have scored three or more in eight of their league games, with 18 of their 38 goals in all competitions (47.4%) coming in the first half.
St Johnstone meantime are the division’s lowest-scorers, netting only eight times, failing to net in eight of their 13 outings; eight really is the magic number isn’t it?!
Thus, we expect the away side to lead early and then cruise to victory.
Kyōgo Furuhashi and Matt O’Riley to score anytime
In a generally underwhelming season for Celtic, two of their attacking players have continued to be excellent.
Kyōgo Furuhashi has eight goals to his name, two coming in the Champions League, while he also netted three times in just two appearances against St Johnstone last season.
Matt O’Riley meantime has, almost indisputably, been the player of the season so far, earning him a senior international debut with Denmark in Belfast earlier this month.
The midfielder has scored six Premiership goals so far, hoping to add to the two he’s previous netted against the Perth Saints.