St Johnstone vs Stirling Albion Betfred Cup Preview And Prediction

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There is no surprise that St Johnstone come into their final group game on top spot in Group B but they almost certainly wouldn’t have expected it to be a group decider with League Two Stirling Albion going well in 2nd place. The winners of this will qualify in top spot however the losers will most likely not progress.

St Johnstone were comfortable winners in their opening two games but had a difficult evening in Brechin in midweek. They were 1-0 down heading into the final five minutes but managed to take the game to penalties thanks to a late Christopher Kane strike. However they lost the shoot-out to leave them with 1 point as opposed to 2 although it hasn’t really changed the situation for them here.

Stirling have been one of the surprise packages and have made full use of home advantage beating Falkirk and Elgin City at home but a 2-1 defeat at Brechin when they conceded an 87th minute winner may be the game that they live to regret assuming they don’t cause an unlikely upset here.

Despite those two wins, the odds are clearly stacked in favour of St Johnstone here given they are a Premiership side hosting a team from League Two. Like many top flight sides they’ve used the League Cup as an opportunity to give a host of players a run-out and build up fitness but they should be sharp now with the new league campaign starting next weekend.

They are looking for a 4th straight home win after they ended last season with impressive home wins against Aberdeen and Celtic and we should see a strong showing from them here with numerous first teamers back in the starting eleven and they ought to have enough to put an end to Stirling’s impressive League Cup showing with a solid margin of victory.

Therefore backing St Johnstone to Win 3-0 at 11/2 appeals in the correct score market.

The sides haven't met since 2008 when Stirling won 3-1 in a second tier game. St Johnstone boast much the better of the overall head-to-head though.

Including 1 friendly against Bradford, St Johnstone have won their last 4 home games, scoring 10 goals and conceding just 1, which was scored by champions Celtic. Stirling Albion are yet to win away in 2016. It is 11 matches since they won at Montrose last December.

St Johnstone made a lot of changes in midweek but the plan backfired. The likes of MacLean, Alston and Mannus are set to return here.

Stirling will name their strongest team and hope to cause a huge upset and win the game and with it the group.

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