Celtic will face St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday


Celtic return to Scottish Premiership action this weekend when they take on St. Johnstone on Saturday afternoon.

Hoops were beaten 3-1 by RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, the defeat leaving Ange Postecoglou’s side bottom of Group F. Since the 4-0 win over Rangers earlier September, Celtic have won just one of their last five games in all competitions.

But, history falls in Celtic’s favor for their clash with St. Johnstone, with their last defeat against the opposition coming on Saturday in 2012. The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 7-0 victory for the Hoops.

Callum McGregor looks set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up the injury in the loss against Leipzig, although the midfielder was suspended for Saturday’s clash anyway. Cameron Carer-Vickers and Carl Starfelt remain doubts, with the American closer to a comeback than the Swede.

Graham Potter is hoping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can break the number nine curse at Chelsea.

So could Celtic win again on Saturday? We used FIFA 23 to try to predict the score, and this is what happened!

St. Johnstone vs Celtic Score Predicted by Simulation

To complete this simulation, we used FIFA 23 and updated the Celtic squad with the latest injuries and suspensions.

We predict that the hosts could settle down in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with their lineup as follows: Matthews; Gordon, Mitchell, Considine; Wright, McGowan, Hallberg, Brown; Murphy; Clark, May.

We predict the Hoops could settle down in a 4-3-3 formation, with their lineup as follows: Hart; Juranovic, Jenz, Welsh, Taylor; Abildgaard, Hatate, O’Riley; Abada, Giakoumakis, Maeda.

Celtic started the game in a dominant fashion, with St. Johnstone struggling for the ball in the opening stages. Postecoglou’s team created many dangerous substitutions, and Daizen Maeda scored the first goal with a fantastic shot.

Georgios Giakoumakis received the ball with his back to goal inside the area, but instead of turning and shooting, the striker left the ball for Maeda to attack. The Japanese forward scored his effort for the first time, and the ball sailed away from the goal before deflecting into the top corner of the net.

It was a killer finish, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. Celtic were pressuring the hosts up the pitch and forcing them to make a lot of errors, and on the stroke of half-time the Hoops found the second of an error by St. Johnstone.

As Liam Gordon pushed off the defense, the defender hurled his pass under pressure, right into the path of Matthew O’Riley. The midfielder advanced with the ball before finding Giakoumakis in space, and the striker drilled a powerful shot into the roof of the net to double the lead.

By the end of the first half, Celtic had managed seven shots on one of the hosts, showing just how dominant they had been. Right after the break, O’Riley grabbed his team’s third of the game to almost confirm the three points.

After cutting in from the left, Maeda slid a pass across the box for O’Riley to chase down, and the midfielder latched on to the pass before slipping past the keeper at the near post. With three minutes remaining, Maeda added Celtic’s second and fourth with a header from a corner to round off a great afternoon.

FIFA 23 predicts that a dominant display from Celtic could see the Hoops win 4-0 at St. Johnstone. Celtic’s quality in attack proved too much for the hosts, with Maeda and O’Riley the standout performers.


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