St Johnstone, who managed a fifth-place finish in the Scottish Premiership championship group last season, have earned the right to welcome Turkish titans Galatasaray to McDiarmid Park in the second leg of a Europa League qualification match.
St Johnstone have had a very average start to their Scottish Premiership campaign with two draws – 0-0 away to Ross County and 1-1 at home to Motherwell, leaving them seventh out of twelve in the league.
The Saints are away to Arbroath in the Scottish League Cup three days after this second leg tie against Galatasaray, so can probably afford to go all out with their team selection in an attempt to get through to the qualification final.
Galatasaray have dropped into the semi-final stage of Europa League qualification after losing to PSV Eindhoven 7-2 on aggregate in their Champions League qualification round.
The new Turkish Super Lig begins four days after this Europa League qualification, so Galatasaray won’t be particularly concerned about fielding their strongest eleven for this game.
In the first leg of this Europa League qualification match against Galatasaray, St Johnstone certainly earned to go into the second leg on level terms. Although they’ll regret conceding just two minutes after they took the lead, the Saints will be very happy about how they fended off a barrage of Galatasaray attacks.
Odds For St Johnstone v Galatasaray
Galatasaray, the Turkish runners up, who only missed out on being Turkish Super Lig champions on goal difference behind Besiktas, are fairly strong favourites to win this match against St Johnstone.
However, based on the 1-1 result in the first leg, it’s clear that anything can happen, especially as the time ticks away and the pressure mounts on the shoulders of the Turkish giants.
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St Johnstone v Galatasaray Teams
St Johnstone have a fantastic opportunity to field a stronger team than they’d normally be able to, thanks to their following match being in the Scottish League Cup against lower-league opposition, where they’d likely have rested some of their usual starting eleven anyway.
St Johnstone have had four arrivals during this transfer window from a variety of UK based clubs. These include Reece Devine from Manchester United, James Brown and Hayden Muller from Millwall, and Glenn Middleton from Scottish champions Rangers.
Galatasaray will feel they need to redeem themselves after dropping out of Champions League qualification, and with a small gap in time between this game against St Johnstone and the start of the Super Lig season, The Yellow-Reds will likely field their strongest side, too.
Galatasaray have had an extremely active transfer window, bringing in seven new players, including Patrick Van Aanholt from Crystal Palace on a free transfer, Alexandru Cicaldau from Univ. Craiova for a fee of £5.85m and Berkan Kutlu from Alanyaspor for a fee of £3.6m.
St Johnstone v Galatasaray Domestic Leagues
A new division format was used during the last season in the Scottish Premiership, where the top six and bottom six were separated into two separate leagues at the halfway point. Overall, St Johnstone finished fifth in the championship group, which in turn qualified them for the Europa League qualification stages.
Last season, Galatasaray finished in second place behind Besiktas on goal difference alone in the Turkish Super Lig – one more point and they’d have been able to bypass the Champions League qualification stage they were knocked out of and would have been automatically asserted into the Champions League group stage.
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