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Kauno Zalgiris vs The New Saints Predictions & Tips - Kauno to take first leg lead in Conference League

  • Kauno Zalgiris vs The New Saints tips for Tuesday's Europa Conference League second round qualifier first leg
  • The match is being played at Hikvision Arena (5.00pm BST)
  • Kauno Zalgiris have won 8 of their last 11 home matches
  • The hosts are tipped to take a first leg advantage
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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The New Saints FC travel to Lithuania to face Kauno Zalgiris (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 19 Jul 2021
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Kauno Zalgiris vs The New Saints Predictions


A trip to Lithuania is a tough draw for The New Saints. Kauno have plenty of goalscoring threats, are fit from an ongoing domestic season and are tipped to win the first leg.

  • Kauno Zalgiris are undefeated in 14 of their last 16 matches (all competitions).
  • Kauno Zalgiris have won 8 of their last 11 home matches (all competitions).
  • Kauno Zalgiris have kept a clean sheet in their last 2 matches (Conference League).
  • The New Saints have conceded in 13 of their last 14 matches in European competitions.

Head to Head


This is the first ever clash between Kauno Zalgiris and TNS.

Kauno Zalgiris Form


Kauno Zalgiris earned their spot in Europa Conference League qualifying after finishing third in the Lithuanian A Lyga last season.

Rokas Garastas' are currently sitting in fourth spot in A Lyga after 19 games of the current campaign, although they have suffered a drop in form of late.

Kauno have won one of their last six games in the A Lyga and Lithuania Cup.

They did get the better of Europa FC of Gibraltar in the first round of Conference League qualifying. A 0-0 draw away was followed by a 2-0 win at home thanks to goals from Divine Naah and Linas Pilibaitis.

Kauno Zalgiris Team News


Linas Pilibaitis has scored eight times in all competitions from midfielde and is Kauno's top scorer this season.

Nigerian forward Philip Otele has seven goals to his name, while six-goal Brazilian Michael Thuique is expected to be recalled after starting from the bench in the second leg against Europa FC.

The New Saints Form


TNS won through to this stage after a 3-1 aggregate win over Glentoran in the first round of qualifying.

Anthony Limbrick's side drew the first leg 1-1 in Belfast. Leo Smith gave The New Saints a 13th minute lead only for Jamie McDonagh to level for Glentoran eight minutes from time.

Declan McManus scored a 26th minute penalty in the second leg and Smith doubled the advantage a minute later with TNS' 2-0 win enough to see them through.

The New Saints finished runners-up in the Welsh Premier League last season, missing out on the title by two points to Connor's Quay.

The New Saints Team News


Anthony Limbrick switched to a back five in the second leg win over Glentoran.

Declan McManus was used as a right wing-back in that game, but could revert back to a more forward role for the trip to Lithuania.

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Verdict

Kauno are tipped to make the most of home advantage and take the upper hand with victory in the first leg of this tie.

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