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May relaxed ahead of cup tie

St Johnstone striker Stevie May is hopeful the team can end their miserable run against Aberdeen, when the teams clash in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final.

Saints go into the game with just one victory in their last 10 encounters with Aberdeen, a run which includes this season's 4-0 League Cup semi-final defeat at Tynecastle in February.

Having gone on to beat Inverness Caley on penalties in the final of that competition, and having knocked out Celtic in the Scottish Cup, Aberdeen are overwhelming favourites to lift their second trophy this season.

But May believes that could work against the Dons when the teams play at Ibrox.

The 21-year-old said: "It's all about performing on the day. We need to give it everything and get the wee bit of luck you need to win a cup. As a team we're confident we can get to the final.

"We definitely get the impression of being outsiders. You can see from previous fixtures all season that Aberdeen have got the better of us.

"We're underdogs but we'd rather be because it means we're not under any pressure. It's all heaped on Aberdeen, especially after they've won a cup - and they're favourites not just to beat us but to win another.

"There is less expectation on us than there was in February definitely. The League Cup is massive but the Scottish Cup is that much bigger, the one everyone wants. Being underdogs we still fancy our chances.

"Everyone is saying they've beaten us four times this season - that could even work in our favour."

St Johnstone v Aberdeen is live on Sky Sports 2 from 12.30 on Sunday