Ross County v St. Johnstone

Date: August 10, 2014
Venue: Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall, Scotland
Kickoff time: 15:00 BST

Ross County will begin their new Scottish Premier League campaign with a home match against St Johnstone on Sunday, August 10. Ross County finished last season in seventh place while St Johnstone finished sixth. Both teams will be raring to go at the start of the new season and both will want to begin with a win on Sunday. However, it remains to be seen how the new look sides perform on the pitch with so many new players looking to make their debuts with both teams.

Ross County’s form

The team are yet to feature in a friendly or competitive match this season. The match on Sunday will be the first for both teams and it is thus not possible to comment on their form heading into the new season.

There have been wholesale changes to the squad though as nearly 10 players will be looking to make their debuts. While the likes of Liam Boyce, Jordi Balk, Uros Celcer, Tim Dreesen, and Joe Cardle are set to start for Derek Adams’ team, the rest of the newcomers are expected to start on the bench.

St Johnstone’s form

St Johnstone will also play their first competitive match of the season on Sunday and have not featured in a pre-season friendly in the run up to the Scottish Premiership.

Saints have signed striker Adam Morgan for the upcoming season as Stevie May looks likely to be offloaded. Murray Davidson looks likely to be out with injury while Steve Anderson may return to the side after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Key Players

Ross County: Liam Boyce

Former Cliftonville striker Boyce will be vital to Ross County’s hopes this season. He had been vital to his former side who were crowned Irish Premiership champions last season and he will be looking to be a big hit with his new team.

St Johnstone: Adam Morgan

Adam Morgan has been the Saints’ main signing in the summer and he will be looking to fire them in right from the word go as he looks to endear himself to the supporters of his new club.

Betting Advice

I’d go with the Saints this time around. It is difficult to play as a team at the start of the season and I have a feeling that the home team are going to struggle with so many new faces to start off with. Looking at Coral’s offer of 2.5 for a St. Johnstone victory and BetVictor’s 1.77 for less than 2.5 goals to be scored in this match.