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Galatasaray vs St Johnstone Predictions & Tips - Galatasaray to cover the handicap in Europa League qualifier

  • Galatasaray vs St Johnstone predictions for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League Fixture
  • The third qualifying round match is being played at 7:00 pm BST at the Türk Telekom Stadium
  • Galatasaray have covered a -1 handicap in 3 their last 5 home matches
  • Can Galatasaray take advantage at home in the first leg?
  • Preview, tips, stats & team news
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Alex Waite 04 Aug 2021
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Galatasaray vs St Johnstone Predictions


Galatasaray have won a lot of games at home and they find the net regularly. St Johnstone have a poor record away in the Europa League. I am tipping Galatasaray to cover the -1 handicap in the first leg. 
  • Galatasaray vs St Johnstone Predictions
  • Head-to-Head
  • Galatasaray Form
  • Galatasaray Injuries & Team News
  • St Johnstone Form 
  • St Johnstone Injuries & Team News
  • Galatasaray vs St Johnstone Live Stream FAQ

  • Galatasaray have won 5 of their last 6 home matches (all competitions)
  • Galatasaray have scored 2+ goals in 7 of their last 9 matches (all competitions)
  • Galatasaray have covered a -1 handicap in 3 of their last 5 home matches (all competitions)
  • St Johnstone have lost their last 2 away matches (Europa League)

Head-to-Head


This will be the first ever competitive fixture between Galatasaray and St Johnstone. 

Galatasaray Form


Galatasaray crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers last Wednesday after a heavy 7-2 aggregate loss against PSV Eindhoven.

Galatasaray trailed 5-1 heading into the second leg at home. They controlled possession with 56% but struggled to create enough chances to get back into the tie.

PSV hit Galatasaray on the counter-attack and scored either side of halftime. New Signing Mbaye Diagne scored a consolation late on to extend Galatasaray’s record of scoring in 13 consecutive matches. 

The loss ended Galatasaray’s run of five consecutive wins at home. The Turkish side recorded three straight home wins to end their 2020/21 Super Lig campaign, before winning back-to-back friendlies Kasimpasa (4-2) and Dinamo Bucharest (2-1). 

Galatasaray Injuries & Team News


Midfielder Emre Akbaba and defender Omar Elabdellaoui are ruled out through injury. 

New signing Patrick van Aanholt (defender) is unlikely to start due to fitness concerns. 

Striker Mbaye Diagne could start after coming off the bench and scoring against PSV. He could replace Mostafa Mohamed and partner Burak Yilmaz in attack.

St Johnstone Form 


St Johnstone come into their first Europa League fixture since 2017 in patchy form. Callum Davidson’s side have won two of their last eight matches in all competitions.

The 2021 Scottish Cup winners were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw in their first Premiership fixture against Ross County on Saturday.

St Johnstone had the better chances with 10 shots and 56% possession. Allistair McCann missed a penalty on 70 minutes before Liam Craig rattled the post with three minutes remaining.

Davidson’s side have now failed to score in three of their last four matches, following goalless draws with Aberdeen and Fleetwood Town during pre-season. 

The Saints also have a poor European record, losing three of their last four matches in Europa League qualifiers. 

St Johnstone Injuries & Team News


Goalkeeper Ross Sinclair is ruled out through injury.

Striker Chris Kane could return to the starting XI following his recent injury. 

Kane came off the bench against Ross County and could replace Callum Hendry in attack after St Johnstone’s failure to score in three of their last four. 

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Verdict

Galatasaray can record a comfortable home win against St Johnstone. The Scottish side have rarely won recently and they struggle for goals.

I am backing Galatasaray to cover the -1 handicap in the first leg.

Best Bet: Galatasaray -1 Handicap @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Galatasaray Win to Nil Win to Nil @-109.89 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Galatasaray Win 2-0 Correct Score @500.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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