St. Johnstone – Preview

Dundee travel to Perth to take on St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Saturday and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info

FIXTURE: St Johnstone v Dundee

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership

DATE: Saturday 30th December 2017

KICK-OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: McDiarmid Park

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1884

STADIUM: McDiarmid Park

CAPACITY: 10,696

PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m

MANAGER: Tommy Wright

CHAIRMAN: Steve Brown

NICKNAME: The Saints

MASCOTS: SuperSaint

CLUB COLOURS: Blue and White

HONOURS: Scottish Cup winners: 2013/14

Scottish League Division Two (second tier) winners: 1923/24,

1959/60, 1962/63

Scottish League First Division (second tier) winners: 1982/83,

1989/90, 1996/97, 2008/09

Scottish League Challenge Cup winners: 2007/08

Scottish League B Division Supplementary Cup winners: 1948/49

Scottish Consolation Cup winners: 1910/11, 1913/14

RECORD WIN: 13-0 v Tulloch, Perthshire Cup, 17/1/1887

CLUB WEBSITE: www.perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk

Getting to the Ground

The full address of St Johnstone for Sat-Nav is McDiarmid Park, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2SJ

By Car:

On approach to Perth take the Stirling/Glasgow/Crianlarich/Inverness slip road (Jct 10), this links up with the M90. Follow signs for Inverness (A9), second left at Broxden roundabout. 1 mile down by-pass, take slip road (A85) to Crieff, at mini roundabout turn right to Perth. Straight through next roundabout, McDiarmid Park is on your left.

Directions from Perth:

Bus Services

McDiarmid Park can be reached by bus services mostly leaving the city centre from Mill Street (next to the cinema). Services number 1, 2, 13 and 15 all travel along the Crieff road, stopping either directly outside Tesco, or across the road from the stadium.

Perth Bus Station

Perth Bus Station is situated on Leonard Street, which is approximately 3 miles away from McDiarmid Park. The easiest way to reach the park from the station is by taxi.

Rail Transport

Perth Railway Station is also situated on Leonard Street which is some distance from the stadium – the best part of a 45 minute walk (uphill!). A taxi drive will take ten minutes and cost around £10. A short walk from the train or bus stations will take you to the city centre where there is a major bus interchange in Mill Street.

Taxi Services

Ace Taxis can be contacted on (01738) 633033

Head to Head v St Johnstone

LEAGUE: Won 56, Drawn 36, Lost 47

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 1

LEAGUE CUP: Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 3

CHALLENGE CUP: Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 1

TOTALS: Won 68, Drawn 40, Lost 52

Last Five Dundee v St Johnstone Games

16/9/2017 | Home | Premiership | Won 3-2 | 6,001 | Leitch-Smith (2), Moussa

11/3/2017 | Away | Premiership | Lost 2-0 | 4,195

31/12/2016 | Home | Premiership | Won 3-0 | 6,492 | El Bahktaoui, Gadzhalov, Anderson (O.G.)

23/10/2016 | Away | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 3646 | Loy

12/2/2016 | Home | Premiership | Won 2-0 | 4876 | Hemmings (2)

Match Officials

REFEREE: William Collum

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Graeme Stewart
ASSISTANT REFEREE: Andrew McWilliam

Referee Willie Collum takes charge of his third Dundee match of the season having refereed the opening Premiership match against Ross County at Dens in August and the home game with Kilmarnock in November.

Last Meeting

The Dark Blues claimed their first league win of the season defeating St Johnstone 3-2 at Dens Park last September in a breathless, rip-roaring match. Dundee were 1-0 up at half time thanks to an early goal from new loan signing A-Jay Leitch-Smith. When he added a second just after the hour the points seemed sure to stay at Dens, but three successful penalties in eight minutes set up a nerve-jangling conclusion. Liam Craig’s spot kick for Saints was cancelled out by Sofien Moussa before Craig scored his second penalty. Darren O’Dea picked up a second yellow card when he conceded the final penalty, but the Dark Blues held off Saints late charge to claim a fully deserved win.

Dundee FC: Bain, Kerr, Hendry, O’Dea (c), Holt, Deacon (Wolters 22), Spence, Kamara,, El Bakthaoui, Leitch-Smith, Moussa (Waddell 83)

Unused subs: Parish (gk), Allan, O’Hara, Aurtenetxe, McGowan.

Goals: Leitch-Smith (9, 64). Moussa (77 pen).

Booked: Bain (foul on Cummins), O’Dea (fouls on Scougall and Foster).

Sent off: O’Dea (two bookings).

St Johnstone: Mannus, Foster, Shaughnessy, Anderson (c), Easton, Wotherspoon (Thomson 66), Paton, Craig, O’Halloran (Scougall 68), Johnstone (Cummins 50), MacLean

Unused subs: Clark (gk), Tanser, Millar, Gilchrist.

Goals: Craig (75 pen, 83 pen).

Booked: O’Halloran (foul on Kerr), Craig (foul on Spence).

Attendance: 6,001 (1,127 away supporters).

Referee: Alan Muir. Assistants: Frank Connor, Calum Spence. Fourth official: Andrew Dallas.

St Johnstone’s Season So Far

St Johnstone’s season started way back in June when they met Lithuania side FK Trakai in the first qualifying round of the Europa League and after a 2-1 defeat at home in the first leg and a 1-0 defeat in Vilnius, disappointingly exited the competition 3-1 on aggregate.

Qualification for Europe meant a bye to the knock out stages of the Betfred Cup but it was another early exit for The Saints when they crashed out 3-0 to Partick Thistle at McDiarmid Park.

The start to their Ladbrokes Premiership campaign has been superb and they come to Dens unbeaten in the first five games. Saints stormed to the top of the league by winning their first three games against Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Partick and followed that up with an excellent 1-1 draw at Celtic Park.

Tommy Wright won the August manager of the month while Michael O’Halloran, on loan from Rangers picked up the player of the month and he continued to be the key man after the international break when he was on target again in the 1-1 draw at home to Hibernian.

The following week Saints travelled to Dens and lost 3-2 for their first Premiership of the season but followed that up with 2-1 win over Hamilton at home.

However Saints didn’t win again for another seven matches until they defeated Hibs 2-1 at Easter Road in November.

December has seen St Johnstone defeat Hamilton at the SuperSeal and Rangers at Ibrox and draw with Hearts and Ross County and now await the visit of Dundee.

Top Scorers

ST JOHNSTONE: O’Halloran, MacLean 5; Davidson 3; Craig, Johnstone 2

DUNDEE: Moussa 8; El Bahktaoui, O’Hara 5; Leitch-Smith 4; McGowan, Hendry, Waddell 2

Ticketing Information

The match with St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park is Pay at the Gate.

The prices are:

Adult £23,

Over 65s £14

13-18 year olds £13.

Kids aged 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult, maximum of two children per adult) – Free of charge

The £16 family deal is available only at Turnstile 5.

Supporter Information

Please leave plenty of time for your journey. New traffic lights at A85 slip road replace the previous roundabout.

Demand for onsite parking has been heavy at recent games and the car park has been closed around 30 minutes prior to kick off.

McDiarmid Park is a No Smoking Stadium.

You may be asked to submit to search in the safety interests of all attending today’s fixture.

Please remember that it is a criminal offence to attempt to gain entry to the Stadium whilst drunk and to attempt to bring alcohol into the Stadium. It is also an offence to attempt to bring any kind of firework or pyrotechnic into the Stadium 

At the conclusion of the match the car park will take some time to clear. Please be patient and follow the instructions of Police and Stewards.

How To Watch

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to subscribers of DEETV on Saturday evening while a shorter highlights package will be available to view on Sunday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.

If you are out with the UK you will also be able to take advantage of our Live Streaming package for every home game.