MATCH PREVIEW: SAINTS vs. INVERNESS

PHOTO: Murray Davidson takes part in training on Friday morning.

St. Johnstone will welcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle to McDiarmid Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off) for the first home match of the new league campaign.

Saints will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's dizzying 4-3 defeat at Tynecastle. Having boasted one of the country's top defensive records last season, it was a rather uncharacteristic performance from the Perth side. On a more positive note, it marked the first occasion that St. Johnstone have managed to score more than two goals in a competitive match since a 3-3 home draw against Celtic in May 2014.

Following on from St. Johnstone's success in 2014, Inverness Caley Thistle won the Scottish Cup for the first time in their history at the end of May (a victory which ensured another Europa League trip for Saints). John Hughes also led his impressive side to a remarkable 3rd-place finish in the Scottish Premiership.

Despite losing a few key players from last season's cup-winning squad, Inverness have maintained the nucleus of their side and brought in five new additions. Like St. Johnstone, Inverness were defeated in the first match of the season. Motherwell were the victors at the Caledonian Stadium, with Wes Fletcher scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win.

Inverness have won 5 of their last 10 meetings against St. Johnstone. There have been 2 draws, and Saints have won 3 of the encounters. However, St. Johnstone have a creditable record against Caley at McDiarmid Park, losing only 1 of their previous 8 home matches against the Highland side. The most recent clash took place at the beginning of May, with a Brian Graham equaliser earning a 1-1 draw for Saints after Aaron Doran had opened the scoring for Inverness.

With the two teams searching for their first league win of the season, both sets of fans will be looking forward to an entertaining afternoon of football at McDiarmid Park.

Murray Davidson, who is hoping to make the squad tomorrow after playing 45 minutes for the Development side on Tuesday, said: \"It's obviously our first home game and both ourselves and Inverness will be looking for a positive result after losing our first league games last week.

\"In spells at Tynecastle we did well, so we'll need to put in a positive performance over the full 90 minutes and if we do that we'll be fine.\"

Match preview by Ollie Wale

ADMISSION DETAILS

WEST STAND

Adult - £23
Senior Citizens (65 and over) - £14 13 - 16 year olds - £13 Kids aged 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult, maximum of two children per adult) - FREE

EAST STAND

Adult - £22 Senior Citizens (65 and over) - £12 17 – 18 year olds - £11 13 - 16 year olds - £8 Kids aged 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult, maximum of two children per adult) - FREE

ORMOND STAND (SSE FAMILY SECTION)

One adult and up to two children aged 12 or under can gain admission at a cost of £15. Unaccompanied adults or children aged 12 or under will not be admitted. Children aged 13-16 can gain admission at a cost of £8. Additional adults within a'family group' are admitted at a cost of £15.

AWAY SUPPORT

Inverness CT will be accommodated in the north end of the Main Stand.

Adult - £22 over 65s - £12 13-18 year olds - £11 Kids aged 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult, maximum of two children per adult) - FREE