PREVIEW | Motherwell v Saints

We're on the road this weekend as Saints head to Fir Park to face Motherwell in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

It's a 3PM kick-off on Saturday in North Lanarkshire and a Saints win could see Tommy Wright's men climb to 8th place in the Premiership table.

Saturday's opponents currently occupy 4th place in the table and go into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat against Hibs.

Saints drew with Aberdeen at McDiarmid Park last time out but finished the match with nine-men.


TEAM NEWS

Tommy Wright will be without the suspended duo of Murray Davidson and Callum Hendry who both saw red against the Dons on Sunday.

The squad is boosted by the return to full training of Liam Gordon and the central defender should be in contention once again following his lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury.

The referee this weekend is Euan Anderson. He'll be assisted by David Roomer and Drew Kirkland. The Fourth Official is Alan Newlands.


PRESS CONFERENCE

MANAGER: "It was a good performance on Sunday and I was happy with the response after losing to Hibs. I think a point was a positive result particularly with the way the game panned out and having two players sent off.

"The players showed a lot of character and it should give us confidence going into the match tomorrow.

"I know we're bottom of the table at the moment but there are six or seven teams all within three or four points of each other so it's very tight. We're one of four teams on the same points which clearly shows how close it is.

"It's obviously not nice to look at the table and see ourselves at the bottom but in recent weeks we've done quite well. Seven points from four games is a good return particularly off the back of the bad run we'd been on.

"There's not much between the two sides and I think the game at McDiarmid Park earlier this season proved that. I felt we could have won that game yet we finished the game empty handed.

"It'll be a tough game but we're certainly not going there with any fear and I know that we're every bit as good as Motherwell.

"Everybody's fit but obviously we'll be without Murray and Callum Hendry due to suspension.

"A few senior players missed out all together from the squad last week so they can come back in which means I'm not too concerned about numbers. Obviously losing Davidson in particular is a blow but it gives other players the opportunity to impress."

ALI MCCANN: "I think it was a good point last time out against Aberdeen given the circumstances and we did well as a team defensively with nine men.

"It's another tough game for us tomorrow and as we know anyone can beat anyone in this league.

"When you look at the table just now in the bottom six it's so tight and just a few victories could see us climb right up the table and that's what we'll be trying to do.

"They're a good side and we lost at home to them already this season in what was a tight match.

"They're a good, strong team who are hard to play against and break down but we go there with confidence looking to get all three points to push on up the table."

You can watch both interviews in full via the links below.

MANAGER | ALI MCCANN


SUPPORTER INFORMATION

You can purchase your tickets for tomorrow's match online HERE.

There will be cash gates in operations at Fir Park tomorrow afternoon and Saints supporters will be accommodated in the South Stand.

All the ticket information is available to view HERE.

The McDiarmid Park Supporters' Bus has a limited number of seats remaining for this match.

Seats on the bus cost £10 for adults, £8 for U16/Over 65s. Call 01738 459090 to book.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Tomorrow's hosts have the better historical head-to-head record against Saints but in recent years it's been Tommy Wright's men who have had the upper hand.

This weekend's match at Fir Park is the 166th meeting between the clubs with Motherwell winning on 80 occasions compared to 52 victories for Saints. The fixture has finished all-square 33 times.

However, since Tommy Wright has been in charge of Saints the Club has recorded 13 victories to Motherwell's 7 with the other three games ending in draws.

The battle between Tommy and his fellow countryman Stephen Robinson is a little bit closer but it's still the Manager who comes out on top.

Since Robinson took over in March 2017, Saints have won five times to Motherwell's four with just one draw which came back in April 2018 at McDiarmid Park.

There has been a number of memorable Saints wins at Fir Park over the years, most notably the 5-1 victory at the end of the 2017/18 season in which Steven MacLean netted an incredible hat-trick on his final appearance for the Club.

Fans will also fondly remember our first match against Motherwell last season when Jason Kerr headed home a late winner which proved to be the start of an eight-match unbeaten run for Tommy Wright's men.


SAINTS TV

Not making the game? You can catch all the action on Saints TV!

The game will be shown live to international subscribers with live audio commentary for those in the UK/Ireland.

Co-commentator for the audio commentary is Murray Davidson!

International subscribers will pick up the live commentary of our friends at Motherwell TV.

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WATCH: Exclusive pre-match previews with Manager Tommy Wright and captain Jason Kerr.


RAINBOW LACES CAMPAIGN

The Club will once again be taking part in Stonewall Scotland's Rainbow Laces campaign during this weekend's Ladbrokes Premiership clash away to Motherwell.

Skipper Jason Kerr will wear a specially modified captain's armband on Saturday at Fir Park as part of the campaign.

Rainbow Laces is Stonewall Scotland’s campaign to change attitudes in sport and make sure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people are welcomed and accepted at all levels of the game.