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Galatasaray vs St Johnstone prediction, odds and free betting tips (05/08/2021)

St. Johnstone begin their first European adventure in four years when they travel to take on Galatasaray in the Europa League qualifiers. Read our free predictions and find the best odds for the fixture below in our detailed match preview.

Galatasaray vs St Johnstone – Free Betting Tips & Predictions

Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray host St. Johnstone in the first leg of the clubs’ Europa League Third Qualifying Round double-header. Read our top three expert predictions for Thursday’s fixture below.

The odds presented here are always subject to change. Remember to check with the bookmaker before placing the bet. These odds are provided by Betfred, our recommended bookmaker for the big game.

Under 2.5 Goals

Galatasaray were seriously unimpressive when they were comfortable beaten over two legs by Dutch side PSV in the Champions League pre-qualifiers and with their confidence dented, they could struggle to break down a robust St. Johnstone outfit. 13 of the Saints’ last 15 competitive matches produced under 2.5 goals and they have the tools to dig in and make life tough for their hosts in Turkey. Expect a game of few chances at the Türk Telekom Stadyumu.

St. Johnstone Double Chance

St. Johnstone’s ability to squeeze the life out of games and play them on their own terms should make them a tricky opponent for Galatasaray to deal with and the Saints look an interesting price in the double chance market as a result. St. Johnstone have only lost two of their last 16 competitive assignments and they could upset the odds to avoid defeat again in Turkey.

Half Time Result: Draw

Callum Davidson’s dogged Saints will be defensively organised and tactically disciplined in Istanbul – so don’t expect the away side to show much in the way of adventure in the game’s opening exchanges. St. Johnstone have lost just one of their last 14 competitive away matches and they have become experts at frustrating their hosts. With that in mind, backing the half-time draw appeals at the odds on offer.

Galatasaray vs St Johnstone: Match Preview

Galatasaray

Spirits in the Galatasaray camp will be low after The Lions were thumped 7-2 over two legs by a rampant PSV side in the Champions League pre-qualifiers. Long-serving coach Fatih Terim has a job on his hands to lift his players for Thursday’s clash with St. Johnstone and Galatasaray’s record of just three wins in their last 16 UEL fixtures won’t help in that regard.

St. Johnstone

Scottish Cup winners St. Johnstone are bidding to reach the Europa League group stage for the first time in the club’s history this season and Callum Davidson’s charges look well-equipped to make a real go of it. Only Scotland’s big three, Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen, have managed to get the better of The Saints in their last 26 competitive fixtures.

Top Betting Odds and Stats for Galatasaray vs St Johnstone

Here are the top stats for the game along with a tool to help you pick the best odds.

UEFA Europa League Qualifying
Galatasaray
VS
St Johnstone
August 5, 2021
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Galatasaray vs St Johnstone

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12/08/21
UELQ
St Johnstone
St Johnstone
2 - 4
Galatasaray
Galatasaray
05/08/21
UELQ
Galatasaray
Galatasaray
1 - 1
St Johnstone
St Johnstone

Galatasaray

Last 5

16/09/21
UEL
Galatasaray
Galatasaray
1 - 0
Lazio
Lazio
12/09/21
TSL
Trabzonspor
Trabzonspor
2 - 2
Galatasaray
Galatasaray
29/08/21
TSL
Kasimpasa
Kasimpasa
2 - 2
Galatasaray
Galatasaray
26/08/21
UELQ
Galatasaray
Galatasaray
2 - 1
Randers FC
Randers FC
23/08/21
TSL
Galatasaray
Galatasaray
2 - 1
Hatayspor
Hatayspor

St Johnstone

Last 5

11/09/21
SP
St Johnstone
St Johnstone
1 - 2
Rangers
Rangers
29/08/21
SP
St Mirren
St Mirren
0 - 0
St Johnstone
St Johnstone
26/08/21
UECLQ
St Johnstone
St Johnstone
0 - 2
LASK Linz
LASK Linz
22/08/21
SP
St Johnstone
St Johnstone
0 - 1
Dundee Utd
Dundee Utd
19/08/21
UECLQ
LASK Linz
LASK Linz
1 - 1
St Johnstone
St Johnstone

Galatasaray vs St Johnstone Coverage and Frequently Asked Questions

What stadium will the match be played at?

Thursday’s fixture will be played at the Türk Telekom Stadyumu in Istanbul.

When does this fixture kick off?

The match will kick off at 20:00 CET (GMT +1) on August 5.

Who is favourite to win Thursday’s first leg?

Galatasaray are the bookmakers’ clear favourites to beat St. Johnstone this week.