St Johnstone v Dunfermline
St Johnstone are another member of the one point club, albeit they have played a match less than Hearts, Aberdeen and Inverness.
A point away to Aberdeen on the opening day of the season was a good result, and the 2-0 defeat to Rangers would have been accounted for prior to kick-off. Derek McInnes therefore won’t be too unhappy about the five points that have gone astray.
McInnes, however, is concerned about the groin injury picked up by midfielder Chris Millar, who has been ruled out for up to three weeks,
‘It is bad news for Chris and for the team. Hopefully with the right treatment and rest it will not prove to be an extended absence.’
With St Johnstone travelling to Parkhead next week, a win against Dunfermline will be seen as essential.
Jim McIntyre’s Dunfermline side played out a six goal thriller against Inverness last week, and the Pars deserved better after dominating for much of the game. Dunfermline are still looking for their first win of the season, though the fact that they have yet to lose will be encouraging for McIntyre.
McIntyre said of his team’s performance last week,
‘I thought we were exceptional, moved the ball about well and showed we are a good side. One thing we did exceptionally well was the way we passed the ball and moved it and created numerous chances. Unfortunately, we only had the one goal to show for them in the first half. I like to play attacking football. It will not always be like that. It will depend on the game and who is available to you.’
Prediction: Home win