Pair face potential top ties

Fri, 20 Jul 18:43:41 2012

St Johnstone and Dundee United both face the prospect of difficult Europa League third qualifying-round ties following Friday's draw.

The Saints will play French giants Marseille if they can overhaul their 2-0 first-leg defeat to Turkish side Eskisehirspor in the second round of qualifying.

Dundee United enter the competition at this stage and they face a tough test against Dynamo Moscow as they look to advance to the play-off round.

St Johnstone lost in Turkey on Thursday night but now have a huge incentive to win the return leg at McDiarmid Park next week to set up a historic and lucrative tie with nine-time Ligue 1 champions Marseille.

The Perth side were unlucky to concede two deflected goals against Eskisehirspor but manager Steve Lomas still believes his side are good enough to progress, with a potential match against such illustrious opponents surely set to act as a further spur for his players.

Dundee United finished fourth in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League last season to reach this stage but were always likely to receive a difficult tie as they were unseeded for the draw.

Dynamo also finished fourth in their domestic league last campaign and will certainly offer a stern challenge for Peter Houston's side.

The first leg will take place at Tannadice on August 2 with the return leg in Russia a week later.

St Johnstone's potential third-round qualifying tie with Marseille would take place on the same dates, although the second leg in France would be held at the 17,000-capacity Stade Parsemain with the Stade Velodrome closed.

 

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