Scottish Premiership briefing

Team news, statistics and our verdict for Saturday's action in the Scottish Premiership.

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Brian Easton: Hamstring injury

Brian Easton: Hamstring injury

Saturday, March 15

Dundee United v St Mirren (1500 GMT)

Dundee United are set to have an unchanged squad. Midfielder Ryan Gauld returned from a hip problem when he came off the bench midway through the second half of United's midweek defeat by St Johnstone. John Souttar was again an unused substitute after being troubled by an Achilles injury while fellow defender Curtis Good (hip) remains out.

Former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba is struggling for St Mirren with a tight groin, but Gary Teale is back in the squad ahead after recovering from a bone problem. Still out for the Buddies are hernia victim David van Zanten and skipper Jim Goodwin, who completes a two-game ban.

Last season: St Mirren 0 Dundee Utd 0, Dundee Utd 3 St Mirren 4 St Mirren 0 Dundee Utd 1

Last five league matches: Dundee Utd D W W W L; St Mirren L L L L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Nadir Ciftci (Dundee Utd) 12; Steven Thompson (St Mirren) 12

Referee: Craig Thomson

Our verdict: Dundee United 2 St Mirren 1

Partick v Hibernian (1500)

Partick midfielder Stuart Bannigan misses out after he picked up a one-match ban following his sixth single booking. Defender Aaron Muirhead again joins long-term absentees Isaac Osbourne (ankle) and Sean Welsh (groin) on the sidelines.

Hibernian have an unchanged squad. On-loan Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore returned to action at Inverness on Wednesday following a foot injury but is not certain to feature, while Kevin Thomson is pushing for involvement. Midfielders Scott Robertson (knee) and Owain Tudur Jones (hamstring) remain on the sidelines while defender James McPake has returned to training following back surgery but is nowhere near playing.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Partick D D L W D; Hibernian W D L D D

Top scorers (all competitions): Kris Doolan (Partick) 7; Liam Craig (Hibernian) 9

Referee: Brian Colvin

Our verdict: Partick 1 Hibernian 1

St Johnstone v Ross County (1500)

Brian Easton has added to St Johnstone's defensive selection problems after suffering a hamstring injury during the midweek win over Dundee United. The left-back joins Frazer Wright and Tam Scobbie (both ankle) on the sidelines. Midfielder Murray Davidson (knee) remains out but striker Steven MacLean returns from suspension.

Alex Cooper and Graham Carey are suspended for Ross County while Marc Klok, Stuart Kettlewell and Darren Maatsen are injured. Goalkeeper Michael Fraser could miss out again following an appendix operation.

Last season: St Johnstone 2 Ross County 2, Ross County 1 St Johnstone 0 St Johnstone 1 Ross County 1, Ross County 1 St Johnstone 2

Last five league matches: St Johnstone L L W L W; Ross County D L W L D

Top scorers (all competitions): Stevie May (St Johnstone) 22; Yoann Arquin (Ross County) 7

Referee: Bobby Madden

Our verdict: St Johnstone 1 Ross County 0


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