Burnley vs Aberdeen: Low scoring contest expected in British battle
Hosts set to progress to the next phase of qualifying
Second leg of Europa League qualifier between Burnley and Aberdeen is nicely poised (Getty Images)
Burnley vs Aberdeen Preview & Betting Tips
Burnley welcome Aberdeen to Turf Moor for the second leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifying fixture on Thursday. The tie is evenly poised at 1-1 and both teams have a chance of progressing to the third round of the qualifiers.
The Clarets secured a hard fought 1-1 draw in the first leg of this tie at the Pittodrie Stadium. They scored with their only shot on target as Sam Vokes’ strike on 80 minutes ensured they left Scotland with an away goal.
The Premier League team have been in action after that draw in Aberdeen as they faced French club Montpellier in a pre-season friendly last Sunday. It was yet another solid defensive display as they held the Ligue 1 outfit to a goalless draw.
Goalkeeper Nick Pope will miss Thursday’s clash after coming off injured in the first leg. Anders Lindegaard is expected to replace the 26-year-old while Vokes, Jeff Hendrick and Ben Mee are all in contention to start.
The Dons head to Turf Moor on the back of that 1-1 home draw in the first leg. Gary Mackay-Stephen struck the opener from the penalty spot on 19 minutes but they could not make their dominance count as they conceded late on.
Derek McInnes’ team have also been in great form lately as they are currently unbeaten in 11 matches. Five of those fixtures have ended in draws while they have also kept six clean sheets in that run.
Aberdeen have a fully fit squad to choose from and could name a similar team to last week’s line up. Sam Cosgrove and Lewis Ferguson will be expected to retain their place in attack while Chris Forrester, Stephen Gleeson and Scott McKenna are all likely to feature.
Burnley and Aberdeen had never faced each other prior to last week’s clash in Scotland. There was not much to separate both teams in that tie and Thursday’s match is likely to follow a similar pattern.
Burnley are usually compact and play with a robust and rugged style that plenty of opponents have struggled against. They will make themselves tight and difficult to break down and should shut out the likes of Mackay-Stephen and Niall McGinn.
The Europa League debutants will be banking on the physical presence of either Vokes or Chris Wood, both of whom could trouble McKenna and Kari Arnason in the Aberdeen defence. The pace of Johan Berg Gudmundsson and Aaron Lennon could also be a threat in the wide areas.
- Burnley are unbeaten in 9 of their last 15 home matches (All Competitions).
- Burnley have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 9 home matches (All Competitions).
- Aberdeen have seen Under 2.5 goals in their last 5 away matches (Europa League).
- Aberdeen have lost 4 of their last 6 away matches (Europa League).
Burnley have already scored away from home and could be conservative early on. Neither team is prolific in front of goal so we can expect a low scoring contest on Thursday that Burnley should edge.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.83
Value Bet: Burnley Win & Under 2.5 goals @ 3.05