St Johnstone returned to form with a 4-0 victory over Dundee last weekend, but they still have big issues to fix after a really difficult season. Meanwhile, Hibernian are having no such problems, and they’re up in fourth place in the top flight. Given that they’re just two points off third, and seven off second with a game in hand, could Hibs push even further up the league? Things have been going really well for Neil Lennon’s team, and they’re expected to claim all three points in this trip to Perth on Friday night.
The hosts come in to this game with an awful record, which has seen them lose on seven occasions at home. They’ve won just four of their 14 matches at this ground, while they’ve got a terrible scoring record. The hosts have averaged less than a goal per game at home, while they’ve conceded 1.71 goals per game at this ground. That has left them with the third worst home record in the top flight, which is quite a climb down from a side who were in Europe earlier this term.
Meanwhile, Hibs make this trip with the best away record outside of the Old Firm. They’ve scored 1.33 goals per game on the road, while they’re tightening up at the back. Having gone unbeaten in five, winning four, the visitors have to be confident ahead of this trip. A victory over local rivals Hearts was a great result for the club, and that has all but secured their place in the top four, which should be good enough for a Europa League spot. However, their recent form suggests that they could make good on Lennon’s second place aim.
Hibs have scored twice in back to back away trips, which has seen them win at Ibrox and secure a draw with a Kilmarnock side who are in excellent form. Given that the home side have failed to score in 45% of their league games, losing to nil in 34% of those matches, Hibs’ scoring form should be enough to make the difference in Friday night’s encounter.
Saints come in to this game having lost seven of their last 10 at home, with that run seeing them losing five of their last six against top half sides. We are backing a result for the away side, who seem well priced as favourites in this game. We’re backing an away victory, while we’re going for a 2-0 win for Hibs, given how St Johnstone have struggled up front this season.
Head To Head
Hibs have won two and drawn one of their last four trips to Saints.
St Johnstone vs Hibernian Stats
- Hibs have scored at least twice in five straight matches.
- Under 2.5 goals has landed in 60% of the visitors’ away trips this season.
- Neil Lennon’s side have also kept a clean sheet in 40% of their trips.
- Saints have lost to nil on four occasions at home this term.