Hibs face St. Johnstone at Hampden Park this weekend as they go head to head in the Scottish Cup final.
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This will be the 42nd meeting between the two sides, with both teams winning 15 games each and drawing the other 11.
It’s not been a good season for Hibs when it comes to facing St. Johnstone as they won just one of the five games against them.
How will Saturday’s game play out, though?
Jack Ross’ side ended the season in an unspectacular way as Hibs drew 0-0 at home to Celtic last time out.
They have won just two of their last six league games, picking up eight points from a possible 18. They currently find themselves in sixth place in the form table.
Hibs have been inconsistent on the road recently, however, they did win their last away game after beating Aberdeen 1-0.
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It was a similarly unspectacular end of the season for St. Johnstone as well as they drew 0-0 at home to Livingston.
They have also won two of their last six games, also accumulating eight points from 18. Due to a lower goal difference, they currently sit in eighth in the form table.
St. Johnstone have also been slightly inconsistent on the road recently and they lost 4-0 to Celtic in their last away game.
Our Picks For Hibs Picks – St. Johnstone v Hibs
1. Will Hibernian score in the first half? No
The last goal Hibs scored came in the opening 45 minutes but they might not do it on Saturday.
That’s because Hibs have failed to score in the first half in 63% of their games on the road this campaign.
However, it wouldn’t be too surprising if they found the net in the first 45 due to St. Johnstone conceding 18 from 19. That’s an average of 0.95 goals against per first period when playing away.
2. Will Hibernian score in the second half? Yes
Christian Doidge secured Hibs’ place in the final when he put them 2-0 up after 58 minutes.
Ross’ side have now scored 16 from 19, which is an average of 0.84 goals scored per second half on the road.
Meanwhile, St. Johnstone have failed to keep a clean sheet in the second period in 58% of their away games.
3. How many goals will Hibernian score? 2
Hibs failed to find the net last time out, however, they scored just the one goal in the game prior to that.
It’s not often they score exactly two goals either, doing so in just 17% of their away games this season.
The thing is, St. Johnstone have a much worse defensive record when they play away compared to when they’re at home.
With just two clean sheets and 31 goals conceded from 19 matches, they are currently averaging 1.63 goals against per game on the road.
4. Will Christian Doidge score? Yes
The forward has been excellent in this competition this campaign, scoring in each round up until this point.
He has found the net on 12 occasions this season, with five of them coming in the cup and he will be hoping to add to that on Saturday.
Doidge has a decent record against St. Johnstone as well, scoring three goals in seven games against them.
5. Will Kevin Nisbet score? Yes
The forward will likely finish the campaign as Hibs’ top-goalscorer and will be full of confidence following his Scotland call-up.
He’s not been quite as prolific as Doidge in this competition with just two goals, but he has scored 18 goals overall this season.
One thing Nisbet will certainly want to put right this weekend is the fact that he has never scored against St. Johnstone, despite facing them five times.
6. Will Martin Boyle score? No
Boyle has delivered very good numbers this campaign, with 27 goal contributions in 47 games, with 15 of them coming as goals.
He’s now gone four games without a goal as well, with his last one coming in the 2-1 win over Livingston last month.
The wingers record against St. Johnstone is pretty poor as well, having failed to score in 14 appearances against them.
- How many tackles will Paul McGinn make? 2
- How many saves will Hibernian goalkeepers make? 2
- How many goals will Hibernian concede? 1
- Will Hibernian beat St. Johnstone? Yes
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