Saints alive to Raith threat
Gareth Friel previews this weekend's Scottish Cup quarter-finals and expects St Johnstone to advance.
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Aberdeen revealed this week that they are asking for more tickets for the League Cup final after shifting over 30,000 for the Hampden clash with Inverness.
This weekend though, it's the Scottish Cup and the Dons take on League 1 side Dumbarton. They and Rangers, who host Albion Rovers on Sunday, look absolute certainties to make the semis. The other two ties see St Johnstone travel to Raith Rovers and Premiership duo Inverness and Dundee United do battle.
To Starks Park first and Raith are looking for a second Premiership scalp against St Johnstone, having knocked out Hibs in round five.
The Scottish Championship side head into the match in poor form though. The victory over Hibs is their only win in the last 11 and their last success at home came on December 14.
St Johnstone were crushed in the semis of the League Cup by Aberdeen but bounced back to beat Forfar 4-0 to make it to this stage.
Tommy Wright's side have dispatched Championship opposition with ease already this season, defeating promotion-chasing Hamilton 3-0, Livingston 3-0 and Morton 1-0.
Despite Raith's poor form they've scored 10 goals in their last four games so they may be more of a threat up front than their second-tier rivals for the Saints.
I fancy the Perth side to make it a fairly comfortable win though and backing St Johnstone/St Johnstone in the half-time/full-time market at 15/8 looks decent.
The only all top-flight clash is between Inverness and Dundee United on Sunday.
The home side lost to Celtic last weekend but prior to that had won three in a row and kept four successive clean sheets.
United have now won four in a row and look like they may be back in the running for European places. So an exciting game looks in prospect.
I fancy United to come out on top. They have been very impressive against Hibs and Motherwell in recent weeks and if they replicate that sort of form, they should prevail.
They haven't kept a clean sheet in 11 though, so if you are going to back them, the 22/5 on them to win and both teams to score could be the best way to go.