St Johnstone v Galatasaray betting tips: Turks favourites to win in Perth
Preview and odds for Thursday’s Europa League tie
The Europa League third qualifying round tie is still in the balance after the first leg and we look at the odds to find some St Johnstone v Galatasaray betting tips.
St Johnstone and Galatasaray fought out a 1-1 draw in Istanbul last week, with Callum Davidson’s men surrendering a one-goal lead against the 10-man hosts after Sacha Boey’s quick leveller cancelled out Jason Kerr’s penalty.
The second leg takes place at McDiarmid Park on Thursday and kicks off at 7pm.
St Johnstone v Galatasaray match odds
Despite entering this season on the back of the club’s greatest campaign in their history, winning the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup, and qualifying for Europe through their league position, drawing at Galatasaray may be among St Johnstone’s greatest results.
Davidson’s side are on the verge of securing a Europa League play-off round spot against Danish side Randers, with a group-phase place at stake.
St Johnstone are 29/10 underdogs to win the second leg against the Turkish giants, having ridden their luck in the first leg with Kerem Akturkoglu rattling the base of a post, and both Mostafa Mohamed and Marcao going close.
Yet the game turned when Chris Kane took advantage of a short back-pass to Fernando Muslera shortly after half-time and was hauled down by the Galatasaray goalkeeper. Kerr dispatched the penalty and while Boey levelled soon after, the Saints will fancy their chances in front of a sell-out crowd at McDiarmid Park.
Galatasaray, who are favourites at 21/20 to win the second leg, finished runners-up in the Turkish Super Lig on goal difference to bitter rivals Besiktas last season.
While their European journey came to an end against Scottish opposition in the qualifying stage last season – losing 2-1 to Rangers – this is still a club that have played Champions League group-stage football in six of the last nine seasons.
Defeat by Galatasaray would drop the Perth club into the final stage of qualifying for the Europa Conference League against Vojvodina or LASK of Austria, with the latter winning 1-0 in Serbia in the first leg.
St Johnstone v Galatasaray head-to-head
This will be only the second meeting between the two sides and it is 19/20 that both sides score in St Johnstone v Galatasaray betting tips.
Galatasaray have scored in their previous six European games and it is 3/4 that they score the first goal in the second leg.
St Johnstone have failed to score in just two of their last nine European ties and are 7/1 to win the first leg but concede.
St Johnstone v Galatasaray team news
Galatasaray have the luxury of resting their players ahead of the return leg. Their domestic season does not start until next Monday, although goalkeeper Muslera will be suspended for the trip to Perth after his dismissal for hauling down Kane. Berk Balaban will likely deputise.
Saints had a tough game at home to Motherwell on Sunday but have no major injury concerns and Davidson could name an unchanged line-up.
St Johnstone v Galatasaray key battles
Galatasaray must be fearful of Ali McCann. The Saints midfielder is attracting plenty of attention for a string of fine performances and is likely to be sold before too long.
Galatasaray had the better chances and the majority of possession in the first leg and are 11/5 to win to nil.
The Turkish side looked sharp in the final third and Saints’ defence will do well to keep Mbaye Diagne quiet. The Senegal striker will fancy his chances after going close a couple of times on home soil.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication