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Häcken vs Aberdeen betting tips: Europa League play-off round first leg preview, predictions, team news and odds

Häcken vs Aberdeen odds and betting statistics



Häcken vs Aberdeen match preview

40 year on from their greatest ever night in Europe, Aberdeen are back in Göteborg.

All the way back in 1983, the Dons beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the Cup Winners’ Cup Final at Ullevi, with this the most-recent major European trophy won by a Scottish club.

Now, as they return to Sweden, the Dons begin their latest continental adventure.

Having finished third in last season’s Scottish Premiership, Aberdeen enter at this stage, so are therefore guaranteed to feature in a major UEFA group stage for the first time since 2007.

Barry Robson’s side beat Stirling Albion in the League Cup on Friday night, Bojan Miovski and Leighton Clarkson on target at Forthbank, thereby claiming their first victory of the season.

Even if the Dons are ousted in this tie, they’ll drop into the Europa Conference League group phase, but this team isn’t settling for that consolation prize just yet, believing progression in this tournament is possible.

As domestic champions, the Wasps featured in Champions League qualifying this summer, first beating the New Saints 5-1, before suffering a shock penalty shootout exit at the hands of Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag.

Nevertheless, Per-Mathias Høgmo’s side bounced back by hammering Žalgiris Vilnius 8-1 on aggregate, winning 3-1 in Lithuania and then 5-0 at home, with Srđan Hrstić scoring in both legs.

That victory means Häcken are guaranteed to debut in a UEFA group stage next month, with this actually their first-ever play-off round tie.

From an Aberdeen perspective, it certainly won’t be easy but this is a winnable match-up, so will the Dons leave Nya Rambergsvallen with a positive result?

Häcken team news

Per-Mathias Høgmo’s side beat Sirius 3-2 on Sunday, with the team that started that one likely to resemble the one chosen here.

Midfielder Ishaq Abdulrazak, who joined from Anderlecht earlier this month, has quickly established himself as a key player.

Top-scorer Bénie Traoré has been sold to Sheffield United, so Srđan Hrstić will lead the line, having netted three times against Žalgiris Vilnius in the previous round.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Abrahamsson, Sandberg, Hammar, Hovland, Friðriksson; Abdulrazak, Gustafson, Romeo, Sadiq, Layouni, Hrstić.

Aberdeen team news

Barry Robson’s team have lined up in a 3-4-1-2 so far this season, with this system chosen as it allows star strikers Duk and Bojan Miovski to partner one-another in attack.

He’s likely to name an unchanged line-up for the third game in succession, with Ryan Duncan getting the nod over Jonny Hayes at left-wing-back.

Club captain Graeme Shinnie returned to the club in January, with this set to be his 19th appearance in Europa League qualifying for the Dons.

Predicted XI (3-4-1-2): Roos; Devlin, Rubežić, MacKenzie; Morris, Shinnie, Clarkson, Duncan; Clarkson; Duk, Miovski.

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