UEFA Europa League News: Prediction: Galatasaray vs St Johnstone

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Prediction: Galatasaray wins 3-0

Best odds: 11/2

Bookmaker: Betfair

Turkish side Galatasaray and Scottish side St Johnstone will face off in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round this week. The match will take place at Istanbul’s Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu in Istanbul and is expected to start at 19:00 UK time.

Galatasaray

Galatasaray were hoping to qualify for the Champions League this season, but the Turkish giants failed to overtake Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in the second qualifying round. Fatih Terim’s side are now hoping to negotiate the way to the Europa League group stage.

Team news:

Mbaye Diagne could start for Galatasaray. Patrick van Aanholt may be missing, as the left-back is still not fully fit.

St Johnstone

St Johnstone had a memorable season in 2020-21. Callum Davidson’s team won the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup and finished fifth in the Scottish Premiership rankings. The Saints will now want to book their place in the Europa League group stage.

Team news:

Reece Devine could start for St. Johnstone.

Key factors to consider

  • Galatasaray have lost their last two games.
  • St Johnstone drew his last game.
  • Galatasaray scored 80 goals and conceded 36 goals in 40 league games last season.
  • St Johnstone scored 36 goals and conceded 46 in 38 league games last season.

Conclusion

Galatasaray have the best team and have the most European pedigree. Playing at home will also give them an advantage, and it’s hard to see them slide.

Prediction: Galatasaray wins 3-0

Best odds: 11/2

Bookmaker: Betfair

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