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Scottish Cup Semi Final Match Preview: Motherwell v St.Johnstone

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The first Scottish Cup Semi Final Cup game sees former Rangers team mates Derek McInnes and Stuart lock horns at Hampden hoping to guide their side to the Scottish Cup Final next month. It would be the first ever time that St.Johnstone have reached the final, however at this stage the Perth Saints have failed in seven occasions. While Motherwell last featured in the Scottish Cup Final back in 1991, when they won the trophy.

Ten points separate the two sides in the league, with Motherwell on 44 points and the Perth Saints on 34. And the form of the two sides cannot be different. Motherwell, in their last three league games, have drawn against Hearts (0-0) and beaten Dundee United and Aberdeen (2-1 on both occasions). St. Johnstone on the other hand have failed score a goal since their 1-1 draw against Hibernian back on the 5th March, and even then that was an own goal from Hibs on loan defender Richie Towell.

The stadium is expected to be less than half full, and is another reason why the Semi Finals of the competition should be played away from the home of Scottish Football.

Motherwell Team News

Gavin Gunning has recovered from a shoulder injury but only makes the bench, while Francis Jeffers has shaken off a hamstring injury to take his place in attack for Stuart McCall’s side.

Steven Jennings returns to midfield after serving a suspension, while Keith Lasley and John Sutton return to the side after being rested for the Fir Park side’s game against Hearts. The former St.Mirren player will partner Jeffers up front, with Jamie Murphy providing a further attacking threat from midfield for an in-form Motherwell side. Latest signing Maurice Ross, snatched from under the noses of St.Mirren, takes his place on the bench.

St. Johnstone Team News

St.Johnstone manager Derek McInnes will be working double time with his players, in the hope of beating their goalscoring duck that has lasted over a month. McInnes welcomes back Jody Morris, Kevin Moon and Steven Anderson from injury, however Chris Millar failed a late fitness test.

Danny Invincible and Colin Samuel lead the line for the Perth side with McInnes hoping that Liam Craig and Murray Davidson can turn their attacking fortunes around also.

Confirmed Line-ups:

Motherwell: Randolph, Hutchison, Hammell, Lasley, Craigan, Hateley, Humphrey, Jennings, Murphy, Jeffers and Sutton.
Subs: Hollis, Ross, McHugh, Jones, Gunning.

St.Johnstone: Enckelman, Mackay, Grainger, Anderson, Dubbery, Morris, Davidson, Craig, Moon, Invincible, Samuel.
Subs: Smith, Maybury, Caddis, Robertson, May.

Match Information

Referee: Iain Brines
Assistants: Keith Sorbie and Billy Baxter
Fourth Official: Bobby Madden

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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