St. Johnstone vs Trakai
Europa League qualifier
Date: Thursday, 29th June 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: McDiarmid Park.
St. Johnstone are set to open their Europa League campaign this Thursday when they are going to host Lithuanian Trakai at their McDiarmid Park.
The hosts, who came fourth at the end of Premiership last season, showed pretty slow attacking display in the weekend’s friendly with Welsh semi-pro team (Connah’s Quay) netting only two goals.
The Saints have not been impressive in their previous Europa League adventure as they got eliminated to Armenian Alashkert in the first qualifying round two years ago.
Tommy Wright, who will have a tough task to put a host of the new signings into bed, will definitely want to avoid such embarrassment this time which is why we can expect an entirely serous approach from the Scots ahead of the tie.
Trakai will have a massive edge since they are midway through the season in A Lyga being in a clearly better competitive form compared to their rivals.
Zalgiris are still untouchable at the top of the standings, but Oleg Vasilenko’s men can still be happy with their current form which sees them sharing the second position after 16 rounds of the competition in the new season.
St. Johnstone vs Trakai: Head to head
This is the first head to head encounter between the two teams.
St. Johnstone vs Trakai: Prediction
Even though the bookies obviously expect a straightforward game for the Scots here, we’ll rather go for the low-scoring affair.
The hosts certainly lack competitive games at this stage of the season, while the Lithuanians will carefully sit at the back and try to stay in the tie ahead of the second leg.
St. Johnstone vs Trakai: Betting Tips
The main betting pick will be Under 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 2.10 by Unibet.
You can also take Trakai +1.5 handicap at 1.65 odds by Bet365.