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St Johnstone won four consecutive meetings with Hibs in 2021, including a League Cup semi-final and the Scottish Cup Final. But, since then, Hibs have won both encounters this season, 1-0 at home and 2-1 in Perth. Only twice in their last eight meetings has both teams scored.
St Johnstone continue to fight for their Scottish Premiership lives, but will it be in vain?
On Wednesday night, the Saints welcomed champions Rangers to McDiarmid Park, but conceded just two and a half minutes in.
Despite only being a goal down, Callum Davidson’s side offered very little threat and one goal proved to be enough for the visitors.
Thus, the Saints have now lost back-to-back games, despite amassing nine points from the previous 18 available.
Nevertheless, despite that mini-upturn in form in January/February, St Johnstone remain in the relegation play-off spot, just one point above Dundee.
Bleakly, they’re now nine points adrift of guaranteed safety, a target that might be beyond their reach.
Will last season’s double cup winners claim a huge victory in Edinburgh?
Hibernian meanwhile are looking to stay on track for Europa Conference League football next season.
Shaun Maloney’s men were held to a goalless draw by Dundee on Wednesday with Rocky Bushiri sent off on the hour mark at Dens Park.
The Hibees are unbeaten in three, beating Ross County at home before back-to-back goalless draws with Celtic and then the aforementioned Dark Blues.
So, even though they’ve only one once in 2022, Hibs are currently fifth which could be enough to get them back into Europe.
Will Hibs beat the side who defeated them in last season’s Scottish Cup Final in this clash at Easter Road?
Hibernian team news
Hibs confirmed earlier this week that star striker, Kevin Nisbet, will be out for the rest of the season due to the injury he picked up against Celtic.
Without him, and with Martin Boyle having departed for Al-Faisaly, goal scoring could certainly prove to be a problem for Hibs.
Between them, Nisbet and Boyle have scored 24 goals in all competitions, exactly 50% of all their goals.
Christian Doidge will lead the line with January arrivals Chris Mueller and Ewan Henderson, from Orlando City and Celtic, in behind.
At the back, Rocky Bushiri’s red card at Dens means he is suspended.
With Paul Hanlon and Harry Clarke also injured, Darren McGregor could deputise in the back three.
St Johnstone team news
Callum Davidson meanwhile is without four guaranteed starters and has been for some time.
They are: goalkeeper Zander Clark, wing-back Shaun Rooney, midfielder David Wotherspoon and centre-forward Chris Kane.
With the former, Elliott Parish will continue between the sticks.
At the other end of the park, Glenn Middleton was ineligible to play on Wednesday as he’s on loan from Rangers.
So, he could return to partner Callum Hendry with Nadir Çiftçi making way.
Scottish Premiership table:
|5||Heart of Midlothian FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10||Ross County FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|11||St Johnstone FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|12||St Mirren FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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What time is kick off between Hibernian FC vs St Johnstone FC?
15:00, Saturday 05 March 2022