Motherwell host a struggling St. Johnstone side at Fir Park in round 19 of the Scottish Premiership. The home team will look to return to winning ways after collecting a single point in the last two games. The visitors have lost their last five league games and will have a huge task in hand going into this game.

Scottish Premiership Preview: Motherwell vs St. Johnstone

Motherwell have an expected goal rate of 21.51 and scored 21 goals. They have one of the worst defenses in the Premiership. The above viz shows that the team has the third-highest xGA in the league and have conceded 26 goals. However, the home team has just conceded five goals in the last six games and kept three clean sheets.

The team has attempted 161 shots and average nine shots per match. 100 shots have been attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box, hitting the post 65 times. Motherwell players have taken 209 touches inside the opposition’s penalty box – the third-lowest numbers in the Scottish Premiership.

Tony Watt is the highest goal-scorer for Motherwell in the Premiership. He has scored nine goals in 18 appearances, of which two have come from the penalty spot. Injuries to Ricki Lamie and Juhani Ojala mean that Jake Carroll will continue in the centre-back position. Carroll also has three assists in ten appearances.

Scottish Premiership Preview: Motherwell vs St. Johnstone

St. Johnstone have played 17 matches and are ranked last in the Scottish Premiership table. They have won three, drawn five, and lost nine games. The team has the lowest xG rate in the league. St. Johnstone have scored nine goals with an xG of 11.76. They are ranked 12th in goals scored per match. In return, they have conceded 18 goals with an xGA of 25.28. The team has not scored in their last three matches as well as in their last three away matches. The above viz shows that St. Johnstone averages two shots on target per match.

Steve May and Michael O’Halloran have made three-goal contributions each for the away side. Steve May is the highest goal-scorer with two goals, and O’Halloran is the highest assist provider with two assists. David Wotherspoon will be out for eight months after suffering an ACL injury. Chris Kane is isolated due to COVID-19 after a family member tested positive. He missed the previous match and is also expected to miss this match.

Motherwell will go high in confidence against a struggling St. Johnstone side. They are the favorites to take all three points against an away side that is ranked last in the league table.