Motherwell defender Willie Kinniburgh comes straight into the reckoning for Partick Thistle after signing on loan until the end of the year, but Paul Keegan is ruled out of the match. John Robertson and Mark Roberts are expected to play after responding well to treatment this week while Jimmy Gibson and Paul Di Giacomo are also in contention for a return.
Derek McInnes takes charge of St Johnstone for the first time after being installed as manager this week. He is likely to be without defender Allan McManus who is suffering with a calf injury. This could be striker Kenny Deuchar's last match for the club as he is due to end his loan and return to