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Aberdeen vs Chikhura Sachkhere betting tips: Europa League qualifying match preview and predictions

Aberdeen vs Chikhura Sachkhere prediction: Aberdeen 1-0 Chikhura Sachkhere

It was a tale of two penalties in Tbilisi but that leaves the tie in the balance.

Just before half time, Irakli Lekvtadze was allegedly tripped in the box by debutant Funso Ojo.

Penalty to Chikhura Sachkhere.

Joe Lewis did get a hand to it but he could not keep out Giorgi Koripadze’s spot-kick.

Mid-way through the second half, Ryan Hedges’ cross was blocked by Davit Maisashvili’s arm.

Now Aberdeen had a penalty.

Sam Cosgrove stepped up and smashed an equaliser into the top corner.

A game of few chances finished 1-1 but there must be a winner this time.

Whoever comes through this will face HNK Rijeka in the third qualifying round so will Aberdeen be planning a trip to Croatia?

First leg highlights: Chikhura Sachkhere 1-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen vs Chikhura Sachkhere: Who will win?

Aberdeen are 1/4 to get the win that would ensure they go through.

Chikhura Sachkhere are 9/1 to become just the fourth visiting European team to win at Pittodrie since 2000.

A repeat of last week’s draw is 4/1.

A 0-0 draw which would send the Dons through is 14/1.

Under 2.5 goals is 11/8.

Aberdeen to win and both teams to score no is evens.

Sam Cosgrove has two goals to his name this season. He is 9/4 to break the deadlock and 3/4 to score anytime.

Aberdeen vs Chikhura Sachkhere: Match preview

European football is so vital for Aberdeen.

Their passage to this round should have been a lot simpler than it actually was.

They met Finnish side Rovaniemen Palloseura and, despite the fact it finished 4-2 on aggregate, it should have been more.

Across the two games, the Reds had 57 shots compared to RoPS’ 13.

Derek McInnes’ side will need to be more clinical if they’re to get through this tie and beyond.

Since he took over in 2013, they’ve lost in the third qualifying round four times and went out a round earlier to Burnley last year.

Their manager has made it clear he is desperate to lead Aberdeen into their first group stages since 2007 but there’s still along way to go.

The Premiership season may begin against Heart of Midlothian on Sunday but 100% focus is on this tie.

Can Aberdeen get the win they need to get through to the third qualifying round?

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Will Chikhura Sachkhere cause a big upset?

Can FC Chikhura Sachkhere defeat Aberdeen?

Last season, the Georgian side finished fourth in the Erovnuli Liga so are in Europe for the sixth time since 2013.

In the first qualifying round, they met Fola Esch from Luxembourg.

In the first leg, they came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 away.

Mishiko Sardalishvili restoring parity before Giorgi Koripadze won it late on from the penalty spot.

Then, in the second leg, goals from Rati Ardazishvili and Sardalishvili again put them 2-0 ahead before they eventually won 2-1 once more.

A comfortable victory.

The Georgian League actually runs from March to November so Chikhura have already played 21 of their 36 league matches this season.

However, they’re sixth in a ten-team division, seven points outside the top four and 14 points behind the leaders.

In Europe, that win in the last round was just their fifth victory from ten qualifying round ties.

Their best run came in 2014 when they reached the third qualifying round so can they match that this year?

Chikhura Sachkhere have only ever been victorious in four of ten European away games so can they add to that measly tally here?

They’ll probably need to because a high-scoring draw seems unlikely.

Aberdeen team news vs Chikhura Sachkhere

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Derek McIness isn’t expected to make too many changes from the side that started in Georgia.

New club captain Joe Lewis will make his 146th appearance for the club between the sticks.

In defence, Mikey Devlin missed both away trips but is expected to be back and will partner Scott McKenna.

That’s just as well as Ash Taylor got injured in Georgia so isn’t likely to be fit.

Funso Ojo will keep his place in midfield with Craig Bryson not up to full speed.

Jon Gallagher, who’s on loan from MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United, has been outstanding so far, particularly in the last game at Pittodrie.

Ryan Hedges will also keep his place; he joined last month from Barnsley on a free transfer.

Sam Cosgrove will once again be up front.

If he is more clinical than he was in the first round, Aberdeen will score enough to get through.

James Wilson, Stevie May, Curtin Main and Connor McLennan will be amongst the substitutes.

Will this be a successful tie for the Dons?

Chikhura Sachkhere team news vs Aberdeen

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Samson Pruidze named the same starting XI in both legs against Fola Esch.

However, he made a couple of alterations last week.

Bosnian Dino Hamzić is the number one goalkeeper.

He is the only member of this squad who is not from Georgia.

However, none of them have ever been capped at senior international level.

Davit Maisashvili and Oleg Mamasakhlisi will continue at centre-back

The latter already has two yellow cards to his name in this competition so is running the risk of a suspension.

Shota Kashia will be the holding midfield player.

Ahead of him will be Mikheil Sardalishvili and Demur Chikhladze who both scored in the last round.

Miskheil Ergemlidze will lead the line.

Can this team frustrate Aberdeen and leave the granite city victorious?

Predicted Aberdeen line-up vs Chikhura Sachkhere

Predicted Aberdeen line-up vs Chikhura Sachkhere

Predicted Aberdeen line-up vs Chikhura Sachkhere.

Predicted Chikhura Sachkhere line-up vs Aberdeen

Predicted Chikhura Sachkhere line-up vs Aberdeen

Predicted Chikhura Sachkhere line-up vs Aberdeen.

The latest tweets from Aberdeen pre Chikhura Sachkhere

First round first leg highlights: Aberdeen 2-1 RoPS

First round second leg highlights: RoPS 1-2 Aberdeen

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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