Kilmarnock are now at the stage where they desperately need a victory to inject life into their season. They are in danger of being cut adrift from the top six, having collected just two points from their opening five games, even if they have already played Rangers and Celtic.
At the beginning of the season, they would have looked to a home fixture with newly-promoted Dundee United as a must-win and it has now become more important than ever that they come away with three points on Saturday. It will not be easy, however.
Dundee United have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, collecting seven points from five games and recording both of their two wins so far this season on the road. They will provide formidable opposition for a Kilmarnock side that has looked solid at times, but failed to come away with anything tangible after five games and we can’t separate them here so go draw.
Kilmarnock’s need for a result on Saturday is matched only Livingston’s, who find themselves rooted to the foot of the Scottish Premiership table having also recorded two points from their opening five games.
Like Kilmarnock, Livingston have at least taken points off one of Celtic or Rangers during their slow start and appear to have improved since their 4-1 thrashing at home to Hibs in their second outing of the season. Also like Kilmarnock, they find themselves hosting a side that could hardly have expected to find themselves in such a lofty position, even in these early days of the season.
Ross County currently sit third in the league following a solid eight points from five games and will be confident of continuing their excellent form against a Livingston side badly lacking momentum. However, Livingston looked resilient in their last home outing against Rangers when they battled their way to a scoreless draw and will be hoping that they can go one better this Saturday and win.
St. Johnstone’s home form will be deeply concerning ahead of a clash with St. Mirren that offers them the chance to leap into the top half of the table.
They have failed to register a point, score a goal and have had just one solitary shot on target in their two home games this season so far, while their one victory this season came courtesy of a Kilmarnock meltdown.
St. Mirren, on the other hand, have enjoyed a very strong start to the season, and find themselves three points clear of St. Johnstone despite playing one game fewer. This represents a fantastic opportunity to continue their good start to the season and compound St. Johnstone’s misery with a win.
Tips for Saturday’s 15:00 Scottish Premiership games
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