Motherwell vs St Johnstone Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 12 September

Close contest likely at Fir Park

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ScotlandMotherwell vs St JohnstoneScotland
12 September 1500hrs
Football – Scotland – Premiership
Pick Under 2.5 goals
Bookmaker Boylesports
Odds: 21/20 odds taken 1400 GMT, Friday 11 September

Motherwell will hope the international break has helped them as they go in search for a first league win against a St Johnstone team looking to move into the top six.

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Motherwell Preview – Can ‘Well get their first league win of the season and potentially move off bottom spot?

As much of a surprise as Motherwell’s season was last time around when finishing third, their start to this campaign has been equally so. ‘Well find themselves bottom of the table and still looking for their first league win of the new season. Six games in and they have taken just two points from those, scoring only two goals. Both of those came in a 2-2 draw at home to Livingston and it’s to the real frustration of Stephen Robinson that his team have been below the standards they set.

Robinson, like several of his peers, will be hoping that the extended break will work in his favour and they can get back to winning ways starting tomorrow.


Our betting prediction:
Motherwell to win 1-0

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(odds taken 14 00 GMT, Friday 11 September)

Motherwell have managed to pick up a win in Europa League qualifying and they will attempt to progress further on Thursday. The priority is very much the league, however, and the longer they are rooted to the bottom the harder it will be for them to avoid being involved in a relegation battle.

The biggest concern for Robinson aside from the lack of wins is how toothless his team have looked in attack. Two blanks in three home league games is evidence of that.

St Johnstone Preview – Will Saints build on their win last time out and close in on the top six

It’s fair to say that the team experiencing the most change in the Scottish top-flight this season is St Johnstone. Their manager of seven seasons (the second longest in the league) departed and Tommy Wright was replaced with one of his former assistants Callum Davidson. This is Davidson’s first job as a head coach and he’s also had to oversee a significant turnover of players.

Saints have shown some real desire to pick up points for their new boss and the 1-0 win over St Mirren last time out means it’s been a pretty positive start all in.

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St Johnstone sit seventh coming into this game and have been unfortunate not have more than the seven points from their first six games. Two 1-0 defeats at home to Aberdeen and Hibs are examples of games that could have went either way.

Like his opposite number tomorrow, Davidson will also be hoping to see his team be more threatening going forward. They have enjoyed a lot of possession in those home defeats bit lacked the quality going forward to take the lead when on top in both matches.

Motherwell vs St Johnstone Betting Advice

There’s no doubt that it’s the home team who need the points more in this one but St Johnstone are a really awkward team to play against and will make Motherwell earn anything they get. ‘Well do have fond memories of this same fixture last season having taken four off the Saints without reply. It was arguably their best performance of the season and one that Robinson will be desperate to repeat.

Key Facts – Motherwell vs St Johnstone Betting Tip

  • Having finished third last season it’s been very different for Motherwell so far – without a win in six
  • St Johnstone picked up their second win of the season last time out at home to St Mirren
  • Motherwell won two of the three meetings last season including a 4-0 win at Fir Park in November


It’s likely there will be little between the two and a match that will be decided by fine margins. With just six goals scored between them I’m not expecting a classic and it may well be a goal either way settles it. Under 2.5 goals is the selection at Fir Park.

Best Betting Odds for Motherwell vs St Johnstone

Motherwell to win: 6/4 Betfair
Draw: 11/5 at Betfair
St Johnstone: 2/1 at Betfair