Tommy Wright has seen plenty of derby games that don’t follow the expected script.
And he’s wary of Saturday’s clash with winless Premiership basement club Dundee being another.
“We have made a good start and Dundee haven’t made a good start but it’s a derby game,” said the St Johnstone manager, whose side have yet to suffer defeat in the league.
“We will go there with a lot of confidence but Dundee will feel they are due a win because they have been very unlucky in a few of their matches.
“We went there last season at New Year and lost 3-0, despite Dundee being on a poor run at the time and that just underlined for me that form means very little in this league.
“You see it all the time – teams on good runs lose to teams on bad runs. You just have to look at every game on the day because there is so little between so many of the clubs.
“Dundee will view us as a team they can beat and will want the three points.”
Wright added: “We have to just focus on ourselves and look to produce a 90-minute performance this weekend and not just a 25-minute one.
“We have proved over the last four or five seasons that we can get the better of both Dundee teams but for that to happen we have to go out and play.”