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Aberdeen vs RoPS – Aberdeen set to shutout Finnish minnows

Scottish giants backed to claim first leg advantage against RoPS at Pittodrie
Aberdeen vs RoPS
Aberdeen are backed to keep a clean sheet in victory over RoPS in UEFA Europa League qualifier (Getty Images)
Tolu Shotade 06 Sep 2019
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Aberdeen vs RoPS Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Aberdeen should have the upper hand when they host RoPS in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League first leg clash at the Pittodrie Stadium. The Scottish team are unbeaten in five matches and are tipped to earn a win to nil at odds of 1.90 against a poor RoPS team.

Aberdeen FC Form & Team News

Aberdeen were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow Scottish team Inverness in their final pre-season friendly. They took the lead on 62 minutes through a Curtis Main penalty but were unable to hold on for the win.

Derek McInnes' men reached the second qualifying round of the Europa League last season and will be hoping to go one better this time. They are priced at minimal odds of 1.16 to win but after keeping two clean sheets in the last three matches, a win to nil looks a better punt at 1.90 giving the struggles of their opponents in attack.

Aberdeen will be without new signing Greg Leigh, who limped off injured in the first half against Inverness. Curtis Main could be handed his competitive debut following his goal last time out while Andrew Considine and Scott McKenna should continue their impressive central defensive partnership.

Derek McInnes
Derek McInnes' Aberdeen team have seen clean sheets in two of their last three matches (Getty Images)

RoPS Rovaniemi Form & Team News 

RoPS are coming off a 2-1 defeat at home against Mariehamn last time out in the Finnish Veikkausliiga. They fell two goals down in the first half before Niklas Jokelainen pulled one back after the restart.

Pasi Tuutti’s men are already in the middle of the Finnish league season and are struggling near the bottom of the table. They have claimed just one win in their last six matches and have suffered two defeats in the last three.

Goals have been hard to come by for RoPS, hence the 11.00 odds for a shock win while a draw is priced at 6.50. They have scored just once in their last three matches. Niklas Jokelainen’s strike against Mariehamn was only his second goal of the season but the forward is still expected to start on Thursday.

Aberdeen vs RoPS Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Aberdeen and RoPS.

Aberdeen vs RoPS Match Up 

Aberdeen have looked solid at the back lately with two clean sheets in their last three matches. The duo of Andrew Considine and Scott McKenna will be confident of shutting out the visitors’ attack while Sam Cosgrove and Curtis Main will carry the threat at the other end of the pitch.

RoPS have struggled in attack and head into Thursday’s clash having failed to score in two of their last three matches. Niklas Jokelainen often leads the line for the Finnish team but the striker should be in for a difficult time against a solid Aberdeen backline.

Andrew Considine and Scott McKenna
Defender Andrew Considine is expected to help the hosts to another clean sheet with a good display (Getty Images)

Aberdeen vs RoPS Key Statistics

  • Aberdeen have won 3 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Aberdeen have kept clean sheets in 2 of their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • RoPS have lost 2 of their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • RoPS have failed to score in 2 of their last 3 matches (all competitions).


Aberdeen are usually driven by a solid defence and are expected to be too strong for RoPS who are not doing well at the moment in the Finnish League. Aberdeen are tipped to secure a win to nil at odds of 1.90.

Best Bet: Aberdeen Win to Nil @ 1.90 at bet365 – 3 Units 
Correct Score Tip: Aberdeen Win 2-0 @ 7.00 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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