St Johnstone vs Rangers Predictions

St Johnstone vs Rangers Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews. Can Rangers bounce back after suffering a defeat in the derby against Chelsea as they travel to St Johnstone or there will be an upset? Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

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St Johnstone vs Rangers Predictions


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An Ibrox Redemption or Continued Saints’ Resilience?

Key Stats
– Rangers have dominated their encounters with St Johnstone, winning six out of their last seven meetings.
– James Tavernier, Rangers’ skipper, has showcased his goal-scoring prowess with four goals this season.
– St Johnstone’s resurgence was highlighted with a surprise 0-0 draw against Celtic and a comeback 2-2 draw with Dundee.

Rangers went into the international break licking their wounds after their Old Firm defeat. Manager Michael Beale, having recently faced significant flak after a disheartening 5-1 loss against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League qualifiers, finds himself under immense pressure. The atmosphere at Ibrox was palpable post the defeat to Celtic, with demands for Beale’s sacking.

Despite the pressure, the board has shown confidence in Beale, possibly due to his ambitious summer signings, even though many of them have underperformed. The upcoming match against St Johnstone offers a chance for Rangers to bounce back and restore some faith amongst the fanbase.

St Johnstone’s Battle for Consistency

On the other hand, St Johnstone’s season commencement was less than ideal. A series of unexpected losses to Stenhousemuir, Ayr United, and Stirling Albion showed a team in disarray. Their struggles continued as they were unable to secure any points in their initial SPFL Premiership games.


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However, things began to change when they managed to secure a commendable 0-0 draw against Celtic, followed by a comeback 2-2 draw against Dundee. Manager Steven MacLean’s recent player additions during the transfer window signify an attempt to bolster the squad, but cohesion remains a challenge. Their recent spirit indicates that an upset against Rangers might not be too far-fetched if Beale’s team continues to falter.

Past Encounters

In their previous encounters, Rangers have had the upper hand over St Johnstone. Although St Johnstone managed to secure a 2-1 win over Rangers last season at McDiarmid Park, it’s the Ibrox side that has won six of their last seven meetings.


1. Match Outcome: Draw The Story Behind the Prediction: Given Rangers’ recent tumble in form and St Johnstone’s commendable recent performances, especially their unexpected 0-0 result against Celtic, it’s feasible that this match might not see a clear winner. Furthermore, after Rangers’ sobering defeat in the Old Firm derby and their 5-1 rout by PSV Eindhoven, questions are rife about their ability to recover swiftly. On the other hand, St Johnstone, despite their lacklustre beginning to the season, managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat at Celtic Park and staged an admirable comeback against Dundee. These elements, combined with the atmospheric pressure on the Rangers, might very well lead to a closely-fought contest ending in a draw.

2. Correct Score Prediction: 1-1 The Logic Behind the Score: Rangers have demonstrated their firepower by netting six times in their last four league games, while St Johnstone, with a more conservative approach, managed to score only twice. However, given St Johnstone’s new signings, they could start posing more of an offensive threat. Furthermore, St Johnstone’s defence proved resilient against Celtic, and with Rangers potentially experiencing a dip in confidence, a high-scoring game seems less likely. Thus, a 1-1 scoreline strikes a balance between Rangers’ proven attacking prowess and St Johnstone’s gradual improvements up front combined with a sturdy defensive display.

3. Goalscorer Prediction: James Tavernier to Score Supporting the Prediction: James Tavernier, Rangers’ skipper, has been a beacon of consistency for his side. His set-piece expertise makes him a standout threat, and with four goals already to his name this term, his odds of finding the net again are considerably high. St Johnstone, while showing promise in recent games, still have vulnerabilities at the back which Tavernier can exploit, especially during set-pieces. Considering his current form and importance in Rangers’ offensive plays, betting on Tavernier to get on the scoresheet seems a wise choice.


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