Dundee FC will face St. Johnstone at Dens Park in a mid-week fixture in the Scottish Premiership. Both teams are in the bottom half of the Premiership table and have struggled to get points on the board. Dundee FC are in 11th position with 13 points while St. Johnstone are two places above them with 14 points. Only one point separates both teams, and the result of this game can help either team to climb a few places in the points table.
Dundee FC won their previous game against Motherwell on Saturday with an outstanding performance as they beat Motherwell 3-0. It was an impressive showing from Dundee, considering they have struggled to find the back of the net this season.
Paul McMullan has been a valuable addition to the Dundee FC squad as the Scottish midfielder has provided six assists so far this season. He moved from Dundee United in January and has been impressive since. He has a high overall expected threat creation value of 4.196 and has an average xT creation of 0.35 per 90 minutes. McMullan has also attempted a total of 73 dribbles and completed 53 of them. He has attempted 11.41 attacking actions per 90 minutes and has a success rate of 48.15%.
Another useful addition to the Dundee squad has been Ryan Sweeney. The Irish centre-back signed for Dundee in June and had a brilliant game against Motherwell. The above visual indicates that he has been performing his defensive duties well and most of his stats are well above the median league value. He has attempted 15.11 defensive actions per 90 minutes and has completed 84.57% of his defensive actions. While he has been doing well defensively, he is also a threat in the opposition’s penalty area while attacking set-pieces.
The above visual shows us Dundee FC’s shot map from their game against Motherwell. Dundee were very effective in front of the goal and had nine of their 11 shots from inside the penalty area. They had 54.55% of their total shots on target and were a constant threat when they received the ball inside the penalty area.
St. Johnstone faced their sixth defeat of the season when they lost to Hibernian on Saturday. They were leading for most of the game, thanks to an own goal by Ryan Porteous, but Hibernian scored two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to clinch a 2-1 victory.
St. Johnstone have conceded only 14 goals this season in as many games and have been pretty stable defensively. Most of their losses have come through narrow losses with a goal difference of either one or two goals. They have been impressive defensively. They have the third-highest number of defensive duels in the league and will try not to make any errors in the game against Dundee.
St. Johnstone struggled to create goalscoring chances against Hibernian and had only two shots on goal with one shot on target. If they have to get a positive result against Dundee, they will have to be more effective in the final third and try to create more chances.
Dundee FC will look to keep up with their performance against Motherwell and continue the momentum they have gained. St. Johnstone, on the other hand, will look to get back to winning ways.
Dundee FC predicted lineup:
Legzdins, Elliot, Kerr, Ashcroft, Sweeney, Marshall, McMullan, McGowan, Adam, Anderson, Griffiths.
St. Johnstone predicted lineup:
Clark, Brown, Gordon, McCart, Booth, Bryson, Davidson, Wotherspoon, Rooney, Kane, O’Halloran.