Kilmarnock prepare for their first full season under Steve Clarke when they take on St Johnstone at Rugby Park this weekend. Steve Clarke was able to inspire Kilmarnock to an incredible 2017-18 season, as the team finished in the fifth spot – which seemed unlikely after the first few months of the season. St Johnstone finished just outside the top six places as the team failed to hold on to a strong start. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Kilmarnock have had an interesting set of results in pre-season with the team managing to reach the second round of the League Cup with a lot of comfort. Clarke has so far been measured in his approach to signing new players in this window.
Tommy Reid has also been able to bring in just four players in the window, but the biggest blow for the team will be the loss of Steve MacLean on a free transfer to Hearts.
The recent game between Kilmarnock and St Johnstone ended up as a 2-0 victory for the former at Rugby Park. Our betting tips and prediction expect a victory for Kilmarnock.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Kilmarnock win at 2.05[/bet_tip_now]
St Johnstone are at a price of 3.60. Even though it is quite a long price, it does not make sense considering that Kilmarnock are expected to be on a similar strength from last season. Since Clarke has been able to retain the core of the squad, St Johnstone will find it difficult to get anything out of this opening match – especially after losing Steve MacLean. The early season form in the League Cup has demonstrated no sign of slack from Kilmarnock and our preview would back a home win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Kilmarnock win at 2.05[/bet_tip_now]
Kilmarnock vs St Johnstone draw odds: 3.30
St Johnstone win odds: 3.60
Correct Score odds
Kilmarnock have been able to average a respectable eight goals in the last six meetings with St Johnstone, who have struggled on the strength with only four goals. The visitors are expected to struggle even further after losing one of their top scorers from last season. Even though Kilmarnock have scored more than 1.5 goals only once in the last three home matches against St Johnstone, our correct score prediction expects a 2-1 win for the home team.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Kilmarnock 2-1 win at 9.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The likelihood of Kilmarnock coming up with a couple of goals is certainly alive, as the team has had a strong start to the competitive matches this season. St Johnstone are a mixed bag in terms of scoring goals in this fixture but our total goals prediction places a lot of emphasis on the goals from the home team. Hence, we expect over 2.5 goals in this fixture.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 2.25[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Kris Boyd remains the biggest attacking threat for Kilmarnock and the forward has already made quite a big impression by scoring four goals in just three appearances so far in the 2018-19 campaign. Boyd has scored in two out of his last three games against St Johnstone and our first goalscorer prediction would go with the veteran.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Kris Boyd at 4.00[/bet_tip_now]
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