St. Johnstone vs. Aberdeen: Date, Live Stream, TV Info and Scottish Cup Preview

Tristan BarclayContributor IApril 12, 2014

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 16:  Aberdeen players celebrate after beating Caledonian Thistle on penalties during the Scottish Communities League Cup Final at Celtic Park Stadium between Aberdeen and Caledonian Thistle on March 16, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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St. Johnstone take on Aberdeen in Sunday's crunch Scottish Cup semi-final and both sides will be desperate for a win and a chance at silverware.

The clubs travel to Glasgow knowing a win will put them up against either Rangers or Dundee United in the final.

Read on for match details and the key storylines to make sure you don't miss a moment of what is sure to be a real firecracker of a match.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 16:  Barry Robson of Aberdeen tackles James Vincent of Caledonian Thistle during the Scottish Communities League Cup Final at Celtic Park Stadium between Aberdeen and Caledonian Thistle on March 16, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (P
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Date: April 13, 2014

Kick off: 12:45 p.m. BST

Venue: Ibrox Stadium

TV info: BBC Two Scotland


Key storylines

Aberdeen hit by injury

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Manager Derek McInnes of Bristol City looks on during the npower Championship match between Bristol City and Leicester City at Ashton Gate on January 12, 2013 in Bristol, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is without several players for the semi-final. Defender Alan Tate, striker Calvin Zola and winger Jonny Hayes are all out, leaving the Dons with a serious lack of depth in the squad.

With Aberdeen still in the hunt for a second place finish in the Scottish Premier League, McInnes will want to keep the rest of his men fit. Forward Niall McGinn has a nose for goal, having netted 12 goals in 38 appearances in the side for the Dons, while promising youngster Adam Rooney has netted eight times in 11 appearances since arriving from Oldham Athletic in the January window. 

This is a very talented team, and even with so many starters banged up, the Dons are fully capable of running roughshod over the overachieving Saints to make a trip to the final.  

St. Johnstone underdogs

PERTH, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 08: David Wotherspoon of St Johnstone in action during the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg match between St Johnstone and FC Minsk at McDiarmid Park stadium on August 8, 2013 in Perth, Scotland. (Photo b
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St. Johnstone themselves are billing this as a David vs. Goliath contest, with St. Johnstone playing the role of David. The players and manager alike are fully aware of their minnow status but are convinced that they can upset Aberdeen and make it through to the final.

Manager Tommy Wright explained, per BBC Sport:

We are confident - we believe we can win the game. Performances in recent weeks have been really good and overall this season we've performed at a high level so we're happy enough with where we are.

We realise it's going to be a tough game. Derek has done a tremendous job with Aberdeen and they've been outstanding all season. Outside Celtic, they've been the best team. But we feel we've enough fire power and enough quality in our team that can hurt them.

The Saints have talent on the roster, led by young striker Stevie May. The 21-year-old Scot leads the team with six goals this season, and is dripping with potential. If he can get going in this match, the underdogs could certainly shock the world and find themselves in the semifinals. 

The St. Johnstone faithful know that anything can happen in cup football and with just 90 minutes between them and the final, expect Wright's men to pull out all the stops on Sunday.