St Johnstone vs Hibernian 12.08.2018 - Free Betting Tips

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Fellow former Northern Ireland internationals Tommy Wright and Neil Lennon take their teams into this Scottish Premiership clash after varying fortunes on the league’s first weekend. There may be some question in St Johnstone vs Hibernian betting tips over whether Hibs will have recovered from a tough battle with Molde in midweek, but Lennon’s side look to be continuing last season’s impressive form into this campaign.

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12. August 2018 | 15:00
Football » Scottish Premiership

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Hibs win
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Tony Watt to score first
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Despite a tough game on Thursday, Hibs come into this game with a superb record domestically having lost just once in their last 15 SPL games. All things considered, seeing them at 19/20 with Betway to win this contest is worth getting in on. Perhaps the St Johnstone vs Hibernian best odds of the weekend, though, come from Unibet. They’ve got odds of 8/1 on the Edinburgh side prevailing 2-1 here, and there’s a more than decent chance the Saints will score. Indeed, you can get 6/1 on their newly-arrived former Celtic striker Tony Watt getting the first goal here. Check out William Hill for those odds.

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St Johnstone vs Hibernian Betting Tips: Form Guide

Saints Send Scoring SOS

St Johnstone’s biggest problem last season was the absence, after Michael O’Halloran returned from loan to his parent club Rangers, was their inability to score goals. Always a battling side, they were still competitive even against the league’s top teams, but they struggled to put the ball in the net often enough. With that in mind, Wright chose to sign Watt from Belgian side OH Leuven, and Saints fans will hope the McDiarmid Park atmosphere can draw the best from the oft-troubled frontman.

As of yet, Watt’s signing has not brought a reversal in fortunes, as Saints’ first game of the new season ended in defeat at Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock. A goal on the hour from defender Scott Boyd was added to with time running out, Mikael Ndjoli the scorer. Saints could not get on the scoresheet themselves, with Watt often cutting an isolated figure as the lone frontman. It’s easier said than done against the league’s better sides, but St Johnstone may need to open up a bit more and get forward in support of the new guy.

Worth noting for St Johnstone vs Hibernian match previews is the fact that Watt has already notched twice in the League Cup, so he seems in the mood to play – something that has often been questioned at his previous clubs.

Hibs Make Perfect Domestic Start

Having had a wonderful season after their promotion from the Championship, Hibs will be determined to at least match and hopefully better their fourth-place finish last time around. In this regard, their opening game in this season’s Premiership, hosting Motherwell, was the perfect way to get the ball rolling. The Hi-Bees scored three times without reply, with Stevie Mallan, Oli Shaw and Martin Boyle getting the goals. All three of them Scottish, and 25 or under.

The latter detail matters, because Lennon’s eye for a player is becoming a major part of Hibs’ renaissance. At the heart of the performance against Motherwell and their passage in Europe thus far (which can go further, if they can score and avoid defeat in Norway), has been Scottish international midfielder John McGinn. Linked with a move to Celtic for most of the summer, McGinn has now moved to Aston Villa, adding in the region of £3million to Hibs’ coffers and augmenting Lennon’s transfer kitty.

Hibs can still be occasionally slapdash – a 6-4 win over the Faroe Islands’ NSI Runavik showcased the best and worst of the team, often inside the same minute – but the reason St Johnstone vs Hibernian betting tips for today favour the visitors is their ability to hurdle disappointment and keep going. Their season will be one worth watching.

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The Last Five Games

St Johnstone VS. Hibernian

  • St Johnstone Form3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 5 games
  • St Johnstone  Goals5 goals in the last 5 games
  • Hibernian Form3 wins and 2 draws in the last 5 games
  • Hibernian Goals13 goals in the last 5 games
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St Johnstone vs Hibernian Preview: Recent Meetings

This being Scotland, the sides are no strangers to each other, and met three times last season. The good news for St Johnstone is that they were the only Premiership opponent Lennon’s men failed to beat in a banner season for the Leith men.

The meetings at McDiarmid Park both ended in 1-1 draws. Firstly in early September, when O’Halloran opened the scoring just after half time, only for his teammate Paul Paton to score an own goal on the hour mark. They drew again in March, when defender Efe Ambrose gave Hibs the ideal start by scoring after two minutes. On the quarter-hour, ‘keeper Ofir Marciano was dismissed for handling outside his area. Hibs held on to the lead until the 83rd minute, when Chris Kane grabbed a leveller.

Their one meeting at Easter Road, in November, was a bizarre occasion which saw Murray Davidson put the visitors ahead 74 minutes in. Hibs hit back in the first minute of time added on through a Stokes penalty, but there was still time for Steven McLean, now at Hibs’ city rivals Hearts, to grab a winner for Saints in the 93rd minute.

St Johnstone vs Hibernian Prediction: Hard-Fought Home Win

Given the season Hibs had last time around, to be the one team that didn’t lose to them is a pretty decent boast, and it’s a record St Johnstone will want to uphold. Wanting to and being able to are two different things, of course, and based on the respective starts to the season both sides have had, they’re going to have their work cut out.

Hibs experienced twin disappointments in the week, first seeing their star player leave for England, then being held at home in Europe. However, they’ll have banked a healthy amount for McGinn, and two years ago they were preparing to play Dunfermline Athletic in the Championship, not Molde in the Europa League. This trip to Perth is going to be a challenging outing for them, but they are more than capable of winning it.

As far as our St Johnstone vs Hibernian prediction goes, that’s precisely what we see happening. It’ll be close – games between these sides usually are – but we’re picking Lennon’s men to emerge with the points here.

Thanks for reading, and make sure you keep coming back to Betting.org for more previews like this as England’s Premier League and the other major European leagues get back into action in the coming weeks!

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