Our prediction for this Europa League match:
St. Johnstone will be looking to claim a major scalp in the Europa League qualifiers when they take on Galatasaray at McDiarmid Park on Thursday evening. The Saints did well to hold the Turks to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, and, no doubt, the Scottish outfit are high on spirits ahead of the reverse fixture. Since St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson should have a full squad to choose from, the Saints are surely capable of making life difficult for Galatasaray at home ground.
The Turks, on the other hand, will be without suspended goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, who was sent off in the first leg. A man to watch in the away team will be experienced winger Ryan Babel, while fellow veteran Arda Turan is pushing for a start. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at McDiarmid Park, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Jason Kerr):
Jason Kerr is a professional footballer who plays for St Johnstone as a defender. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on February 6, 1997, Jason Kerr is a product of the St Johnstone football academy. He started his senior career in 2014, and after ending his loan spells with East Fife and Queen of the South, he returned to the McDiarmid Park outfit in 2018.
He made his debut with the Saints in the Scottish Cup game against Albion Rovers on January 29, 2019. Jason Kerr has six caps with the Scotland U21 team, but he has yet to receive a call-up for the senior team.
He scored his first goal for St Johnstone in a 4-1 defeat to Rangers on February 27, 2018. His primary position on the field is a centre-back, but he is capable of producing good displays as a central midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right, and he wears the number 15 shirt at St Johnstone.
Highlighted Team (Galatasaray):
Over the years Galatasaray have established themselves as one of the best teams in Turkey. The Aslanlar (the Lions) were founded back in October 1905 by Ali Sami Yen and fellow students of Galatasaray High School. Ali Sami Yen himself was the club’s first president and, as a result, he was given the club’s membership No. 1.
The Gala are one of the most successful Turkish teams and it has to be noted that they won their 21st Super Lig trophy in the 2017/2018 season. The capital club collected 75 points from possible 102, with the team finishing the season three points clear of their bitter rivals Fenerbahce. Speaking of European success, Galatasaray won UEFA Cup in the 1999/2000 season, with the team beating Arsenal on penalties in the title game.
In 2000 the Lions won UEFA Super cup as they outplayed star-studded Real Madrid 2-1 at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Galatasaray play their home games at Turk Telekom Stadi and they are well known for their yellow and red jerseys.