Last updated : 21 October 2005 By Footymad Previewer

Steve Bowey is back after suspension and is available to face on form St Johnstone at Palmy on Satrurday but whether he will feature in the starting line-up is another matter. Queens manager Iain Scott may be tempted to keep the same eleven that beat Airdrie United last week with perhaps trialist Pronovych on from the start. The Ukranian fairly lit up Palmy last week the short time he was on the field and most folk would like to more of him. Reid,Carr and Lovell are all injured so this means some of the Young Guns will feature. Scott was impressed with Hill and Robertson and they deserve their place in the side. St.Johnstone however are a different kettle of fish compared with Airdrie and Queens may struggle to hold the Perth side. We have to put away any chances that come our way and battle for every ball. Hopefully Lyle and McNiven can find their scoring touch if selected. Chairman Davie Rae is concerned about the falling crowds and the resultant financial situation at Palmy. Unfortunately there are a few who prefer to go elsewhere on a Saturday rather than see their team through this sticky spell. Hopefully Queens can keep the momentum going and upset Saints which will set us up nicely for that nightmare trip to Brechin on Tuesday evening.

McNiven must find his scoring touch

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History of the Queen of the South v St. Johnstone fixture

Queen o.t.S. prepare to entertain St. Johnstone at Palmerston Park on Saturday afternoon, needing to improve on a poor record between the sides. The visitors have won 10 of the 26 previous games, with the The Doonhamers winning just 5.

The most recent encounter between these two sides at Palmerston Park was less than a year ago, in April 2005, with Queen o.t.S. running out comfortable 2-0 winners in a Scottish Division One match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2005/2006Sat 06 AugSt. Johnstone4 - 0Queen o.t.S.SCD1
2004/2005Sat 30 AprQueen o.t.S.2-0St. JohnstoneSCD1
2004/2005Sat 12 FebSt. Johnstone0 - 0Queen o.t.S.SCD1
2004/2005Sat 16 OctQueen o.t.S.0 - 1St. JohnstoneSCD1
2004/2005Tue 31 AugSt. Johnstone3 - 0Queen o.t.S.SCC
2004/2005Sat 14 AugSt. Johnstone1 - 3Queen o.t.S.SCD1
2003/2004Sat 01 MayQueen o.t.S.1 - 1St. JohnstoneSCD1

Recent respective form guides

Queen of the South have managed to pick up just two wins from their last six home games, losing three, The goals for column just outweighs the goals against over this period, 7 to 5.

The away form of St. Johnstone however, is much more impressive, with 3 victories and just 1 loss from the last six. The Saints's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 11 goals for and 10 against.

Queen o.t.S. are hovering perilously just above the relegation zone, with 6 points from 9 matches. St. Johnstone's 15 points from 9 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 4th position.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Queen o.t.S.6123465
St. Johnstone632112611

FootyMad's prediction ...

Your FootyMad panel thinks that Queen o.t.S.'s indifferent home form is due to continue with a narrow home defeat against St. Johnstone. Away win

Sequence statistics:
Queen o.t.S.5 games since last home draw.
St. JohnstoneUndefeated in last 3 away games.