St Johnstone vs Rangers by Luke
St Johnstone got completely outplayed last time out away to Aberdeen suffering 3:0 defeat as the side started showing signs of weaknesses after their starting record of three victories, now being at third position with fourteen points sharing the spot with Rangers, opponent that they meet this evening.
They were simply too passive against Aberdeen and did close to nothing in attack, while the hosts entered the game great and had the double lead already after seventeen minutes of play thanks to two goals from Rooney, while the same players sealed their destiny from the penalty kick in 81st minute. Getting back to home matches, their obligation is to go for points after having three victories in first four home clashes.
Right back Ricky Foster (7/0) is still suspended, while injured remains midfielder Blair Alston (2/0).
Rangers, on the other side, comes from a victory away from home against Hamilton as they demonstrated great power in attack, even though the side was down 1:0 already in first minute with a goal from Redmond. However, their response was great in next thirty minutes as they had the double goal lead at the halftime thanks to two goals from John and one from Candeias.
They even stood playing with a man less since 54th minute when Jack was shown red card, but continued being better and sealing the victory with a goal from penalty kick taken by Dorrans in 59th minute. Hosts did attack more later on and missed a penalty kick, but generally were far away from getting back into the match itself. They are now sharing the third position and are already six points behind leaders from Celtic and Aberdeen, so a victory here is a must for them.
Team captain and left back Lee Wallace (5/0) remains sidelined till mid-November at least.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 11 of Rangers's last 13 games (Premiership).
It's a game where both teams will be going for a victory. St Johnstone cause they are hosts and need to revert the psychology a bit, while Rangers anyway goes for three points in almost all matches in Premiership. Many of their recent matches have ended with both teams scoring a goal at least once and I can't see this evening being anything different.