Stick with in-form Saints for Hibs clash


St Johnstone have made a bright start to the Scottish Premiership season and, having ruffled Celtic’s feathers with a draw in Glasgow before the international break, they can pick up three points against Hibs this weekend.

Tommy Wright’s side have impressed over the opening month of the season – only Celtic have conceded fewer than St Johnstone’s three goals and only table-toppers Aberdeen have found the net more times.

Steven McLean’s goal left St Johnstone within 11 minutes of ending Celtic’s long unbeaten record domestically at Celtic Park last time out, before Calum McGregor netted the leveller for the Hoops.

That was a game Celtic probably should have won, but it will have offered more confidence to Saints, who appeal at 17/10 for Saturday’s home clash with Hibs.

Neil Lennon’s side enjoyed a bright start on their return to the top flight, the highlight being last month’s 3-2 win against 10-man Rangers at Ibrox but they’ve found things tougher since, losing to Hamilton and scraping a draw at Dundee, ensuring the Edinburgh side are 29/20 to win on Saturday.

Michael O’Halloran has been in useful scoring form, with four in four for Saints so far, and they are tipped to shade the McDiarmid Park encounter.

Saints and Celtic now sit in joint second behind Aberdeen, who came out best in a seven-goal thriller last time at Partick Thistle.

That victory was another nod to the sort of form that ensures the Dons have become the clear second-best side in Scotland over recent seasons behind Celtic.

Aberdeen are fancied to show that talent this weekend and make it five straight wins to start the season by taking care of Hearts at Tynecastle (Aberdeen win 1/1).

Having failed to get anything from that game at home to Aberdeen despite scoring three times, these are already worrying times for Thistle fans. Their side has now lost eight Premiership games on the bounce dating to last season and a relegation battle looks assured.

Ross County (29/20 to win) are next up on Saturday for the Jags and it is hard to see where the wins are going to come from at this stage.

Elsewhere, Motherwell (21/20) can make it three successive wins by taking care of Kilmarnock at Fir Park, while Celtic and Rangers are likely to take maximum points from a trip to Hamilton and a home dust off with Dundee respectively.

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