Scottish Premiership match previews, team news, stats, how to follow on Sky Sports | Football News

Team news, stats and how to follow the Scottish Premiership midweek matches, including Celtic’s trip to St Mirren.

Hibernian vs Aberdeen – Wednesday, 7.45pm

Team news

Shaun Maloney makes his bench debut as Hibernian manager. Hibs is without Kyle Magennis, still troubled by a groin problem. Melker Hallberg and Sean Mackie are still getting back in shape after long periods of inactivity.

Ross McCrorie is suspended for Aberdeen’s trip to Easter Road. The defender of the Dons has exceeded the threshold of disciplinary points.

Dylan McGeouch and Matty Kennedy are returning to the field as are Calvin Ramsey, while Mikey Devlin and Andy Considine are still all sidelined.

Eight statistics

  • Hibernian won their last league home game against Aberdeen 2-0 in February last season; they won two consecutive league matches at home with the Dons in May 2003 under Bobby Williamson.
  • Since Hibernian’s promotion in 2017, only Rangers (10) have beaten Hibs more often in league games than Aberdeen (nine).
  • Hibernian are looking to win two consecutive league games for just the second time this season, and the first since winning both of their first two games of the season in August.
  • Aberdeen are currently enjoying a three-game winning streak in the Scottish Premiership, their best streak since a four-game winning streak from August to September 2020.

How to follow: Follow the action with our Scottish Premiership blog. The free match highlights will be posted on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

St Mirren vs Celtic – Wednesday, 7.45pm

Team news

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin faces severe selection headache. Saints failed to ask for the match to be postponed after a series of positive Covid-19 cases, but are still awaiting some PCR results. The Buddies were already without Eamonn Brophy (hamstring) and Conor McCarthy (ankle).

David Turnbull is awaiting the results of a scan on his hamstring injury but will miss the match against the Saints. The Celtic midfielder was injured in the Premier Sports Cup final against Hibernian.

Kyogo Furuhashi will be trained for a hamstring problem, but Jota, Albian Ajeti (both hamstrings), Giorgos Giakoumakis (knee) and James Forrest (blows) are still out along with Karamoko Dembele (ankle) and Christopher Jullien (knee ).

Eight statistics

  • St. Mirren have only won one of their last 25 league games with Celtic (2N, 22F), a 2-1 win at Celtic Park last season.
  • Celtic are unbeaten in 13 league away games to St. Mirren (W11 D2) since losing 4-0 in March 2010 to Tony Mowbray. Andy Dorman and Steven Thomson both bagged the braces for the Buddies that day.
  • St. Mirren have no victories in nine league games (D5 L4), including five at home (D3 S2). The Buddies last played 10 league games without a win in November 2018 (run of 12).
  • Celtic have won 10 of their last 11 league games (1 draw), including their last six in a row. Away from home, the Hoops have won six league games, scoring two or more goals in all six.
  • Celtic’s David Turnbull has scored more Scottish Premiership goals against St. Mirren than he has against any other opponent (six), with the midfielder having scored four in his last two league appearances against the Buddies, including a hat-trick in August.

How to follow: Follow the action with our Scottish Premiership blog. The free match highlights will be posted on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

St Johnstone vs Ross County – Wednesday, 7.45pm

Team news

The bottom club of the Cinch Premiership St Johnstone will be without at least four players to the self-isolation rules. Chris Kane and Eetu Vertainen were already missing due to family contacts and two unnamed players were sidelined earlier in the week.

Cammy MacPherson (groin) is out until January, while David Wotherspoon (knee) is out for the season, but Murray Davidson is vying to start after a layoff.

Harry Paton of Ross County is a doubt for the trip to Perth. The midfielder is struggling with a blow to the calf that kept him out of the match against Livingston over the weekend. County defender Alex Iacovitti is still out with a hamstring injury.

Eight statistics

  • St. Johnstone have lost just one of their last 12 league games to Ross County (3W D8), a 0-1 home defeat in September 2020.
  • Ross County lost their last league visit to St. Johnstone 1-0 in March last season; they have never lost consecutive top flight away games to the Saints before, with this fifteenth away match.
  • St. Johnstone is currently in a five-game losing streak in the Scottish Premiership; they haven’t lost six in a row in the top flight since a run from April to August 2012 under Steve Lomas.
  • Ross County have only lost one of their last six league games (W2 D3); they had lost five of the six directly before this one (W1).

How to follow: Follow the action with our Scottish Premiership blog. The free match highlights will be posted on the Sky Sports website, app and YouTube channel later that evening.

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