Trakai vs St Johnstone by Luke
Trakai was a bit lucky to walk away with a 2:1 victory in the first leg away in Scotland and the team now awaits the second clash with much bigger chances of progressing further. Everything interesting happened inside first halftime as the guests took the lead in fourteenth minute via Maksimov and even though the Scottish replied in 32nd via Shaughnessy, the Lithuanians still found a way to re-take the lead in the first halftime, via Silenas.
Rest of the match was spend in dominance of the home team, however they didn't know how to create more dangerous situations, not even once they had a man more on the field since 82nd minute when Silenas got red carded. Their season is in progress with a bit of a break during the Europa League qualifiers, as their previous match was two and a half weeks ago at home against Utenis winning 3:0, as they continue to share the second position with ten points less than leaders from Zalgiris.
Midfielder Silenas (15/1) won't be playing due suspension, while there's no much of information about injuries in their squad. Forward Lukas Kochanauskas is long term absentee.
St Johnstone weren't even close to their full potential in the first game, as it was obvious that the side is still early in preparational period and that they need to imrove so much, especially in creativity of their midfield part of the team. They looked a bit better standing side on the field, had more ball possession and chances created, however there's plenty more to improve when betting concretely dangerous in their attacks.
Must be said that defensive lineup also had their gaps of their own in the first halftime, while they showed more dominant face in second, however without reverting the scoreline. As a part of their preparations, they also had a friendly game against Aberdeen on Saturday evening, losing it out with a 0:3 result, however with heavily rotated team. Their season is still not starting soon, however the team should be slowly showing more and more concrete face.
Forward Steven MacLean (32/9 last season) is doubtful for this one, while central defender Steven Anderson (26/3) and Brian Easton (37/0) won't be playing here in comparison to the previous season's team.
Just like in the first leg, I believe the chances for goals here are bigger than what the odds suggest. Scottish side will now need to attack as they lose by a goal difference and it's something that should make the game even more open than the first one, with the hosts still being very dangerous in attack and now could be easily even more threatening. If the Scottish side wants to progress here, they will have to make the match as open as possible.