Tip St Johnstone - LASK
Prediction published on August 24, 2021 at 10:02 AM - Modified on August 24, 2021 at 10:07 AM
St. Johnstone will have eyes trained at a place in the group stage of the Europa Conference League when they host LASK Linz in the return leg of their play-off tie on Thursday. The tie is balanced at 1-1 from the opening leg and LASK will also be looking at shocking their hosts in Scotland. St. Johnstone are here courtesy of their elimination from the Europa League by Galatasaray. They come here from a second straight loss, a 1-0 reverse at the hands of Dundee United and will hope to avoid a third one, which would dump them out of European football. It hasn’t been smooth for them lately; they go to this game winless in the last eight matches, and only have one outright win in 11 matches. They’ve drawn eight games out of those 11, and both teams have scored in five of their last six matches. Seven of their last 10 matches have seen under 2.5 goals scored, while St. Johnstone have scored more than a goal in just three of the 10. They’ve conceded two or more in only two of the last 10 and managed three clean sheets in 10. Meanwhile, they have no win in their last five home matches.
LASK, on the other hand, head into this game with one win in five. They have no win in the last three matches and have no clean sheet in the last five. Three of their last five matches have ended in draws, the most recent being against Hartberg. In each of their last five matches, LASK have trailed, but their fighting spirit has been great, losing only once in the five matches. Their only loss in that patch was at home to Sturm Graz; that 3-1 defeat is their only loss in 11 matches, but both teams have scored in their last five matches. Three of the five matches have produced under 2.5 goals. LASK haven’t conceded more than a goal in their last 10 matches. Away from home, they have a good run – unbeaten in the last three, with two wins in there and two clean sheets.
Key points St Johnstone - LASK
Three of LASK’s last five matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
St. Johnstone have no win in their last five home matches.
St. Johnstone have scored more than a goal in three of their last 10 matches.
LASK haven’t conceded more than a goal in the last 10 matches.
Seven of St. Johnstone’s last 10 matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
Conclusion St Johnstone - LASK
Not a lot of goals have been scored in recent matches involving these two sides. With the tie balanced at 1-1 from the first leg there’s going to be a lot of caution in this game and thus we don’t expect much variation. Back it to also produce under 2.5 goals.
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