Match preview: East Fife v Saints

Friday 28th July 2017

This Saturday lunchtime, St Johnstone will travel to Bayview Stadium to take on East Fife in Saints' last pre-season friendly before the big kick off the following weekend away to Kilmarnock.

Saints come into the match off the back of three consecutive friendly victories over Rangers, Sunderland Hartlepool United. A fourth win over the League 1 outfit would help Tommy Wright’s side carry vital momentum into the start of the Scottish Premiership season.

Alan Mannus is expected to retain his place between the sticks as Zander Clark is not due to return to full training until next week. Striker Steven MacLean will miss out due to East Fife having a plastic playing surface, while fellow forward Graham Cummins should return to the squad after missing last weekend's win over Hartlepool United due to illness.

Speaking ahead of the friendly match, St. Johnstone boss Tommy Wright said, "This is our last pre-season game so it is an important one in the build-up. I’m looking for a good work out to sign off pre-season.

“It’s good that we are playing on an artificial surface bearing in mind we open up the league campaign at Kilmarnock.

“This was the one weekend that concerned me because we had a team lined up which fell through. So it’s good to get this arranged."

East Fife, managed by former Aberdeen and Dunfermline Athletic midfielder Darren Young, head into the tie having played four competitive matches in the Betfred Cup. Following three defeats in succession at the hands of Peterhead, Dunfermline (on penalties) and Hearts, the Fifers secured a 3-2 win over Elgin City to finish fourth in their group.

The team from Methil are one of Scotland’s longest running football institutions, having won the Scottish Cup once in 1938 and the League Cup three times in six years between 1948 and 1954.


Admission information for the trip to Fife is as follows:

• Adults £5 • U16s FREE

PLEASE NOTE this match kicks off at 12 Noon.

The Lounge Bar at Bayview Stadium will be open to both sets of supporters from 11am until kick off and will open again post match.

Match preview by Gary Peterson