It has been a bit of a rocky opening to the new season for Aberdeen. Their Europa League lifeline is now hanging by a thread. They are 2-0 down against their Croatian opponents in this third qualifying round tie. Do the Dons have enough about them at Pittodrie to claw their way back into contention? Read our Aberdeen v Rijeka betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 8:04 p.m.)
So the Dons have their work cut out for them in this tie. Extra pressure was put them over the weekend as they lost 1-0 away at St Mirren in the Scottish Premier. So that is back to back away defeats for the Dons in which they failed to score. They need a lift. At least they can look to their home form this season for a positive. They have played three and won three at Pittodrie.
In those three home games, the Dons have tallied 10 goals as well. On the flip side of that, they have conceded in all three of their home fixtures. Their Europa League campaign started in the first round with a 4-2 aggregate success of RoPS. They then thrashed Chikhura 6-1 on aggregate before this clash with Rijeka. It never looked to be an easy away first leg for them. At Pittodrie Aberdeen are unbeaten in their last nine Europa League home games, posting a W5 D4 record in that sequence. In all five of the wins in that sequence, they scored at least two goals.
Their first meetings happened in the 2015 Europa League
Aberdeen and Rijeka played out a 2-2 draw at Pittodrie
Things are now even in the head to head with one win each and a draw
That was a very good home result that Rijeka got in the first leg of this tie. Now can they follow it up and reach the playoff round? Unlike Aberdeen who started in the first round of the qualifiers, Rijeka came in at this third qualifying round. The Croatians have only suffered one defeat in their last five Europa League games played (W2 D2). Looking at their away form in the competition, they may have enough in the tank to stick in there.
They are W1 D4 L1 in their last six away Europa League games. They have failed to pick up a clean sheet in any of their last four away games in the competition, but are unbeaten in their last three on the road. Rijeka have played six games this season in all competitions and have taken a W4 L2 record from that. Both of the defeats in that sequence have happened away from home. Will they have enough to battle their way through this tie?
We are just a little uncertain about Aberdeen in this one. They haven’t quite hit their top gear yet and the visitors can turn up and just defend their way through this tie. This may be difficult for the Dons to Aberdeen but look the more likely to win this game.
13th August 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
It is a trip to Croatia for Aberdeen in the third qualifying round of the Europa League. The Dons have produced some unconvincing performances so far in this year’s campaign and they kick-off as underdogs in this first leg. The Croatians entered qualification in this round. Read our Rijeka v Aberdeen betting tips for more.
Rijeka were runners up (by a massive 25 points) to Dinamo Zagreb last season in the Croatian top flight. Rijeka are up and running for their new domestic season having played three games and posting three wins from that. They entered at this third qualifying round stage in last season’s qualifiers and went straight back out after a 2-1 aggregate defeat against Norway’s Sarpsborg 08.
Just back in the 2017/18 season, they made it to the Europa League group stage after having fallen in the Champions League playoff round. Rijeka finished third in the Europa League group stage. They are just W2 D2 L4 in their last eight European games.
The two met in the 2015 Europa League
Aberdeen won the first leg away from home 3-0
Then there was a 2-2 draw at Pittodrie
The Dons started in the first qualifying round where they met RoPS. It was back to back 2-1 wins that the Dons took in that tie to get through. Then after a 1-1 draw away at Chikhura in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie, the Dons smashed their opponents 5-0 back at Pittodrie. Aberdeen opened their domestic league campaign on the weekend with a late 3-2 success over Hearts.
So the goals have been coming from them but still, the Dons have not looked particularly sharp in front of goal for most of this European campaign. Aberdeen are now W4 D2 L2 in their last eight European fixtures. Out on the road, the stats for the Dons look a little bit worse. They are W3 D1 L5 in their last eight Europa League away fixtures. In that sequence of games, they failed to score in three matches, collecting two clean sheets. They have not banked a clean sheet in any of their last four on the road.
The Croatians should have the bit between their teeth on home soil for the opening act of this tie. The Dons haven’t looked all that convincing and therefore a narrow home win gets the call for us in this one.
7th August 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Aberdeen finished in fourth place in last season’s Premiership as they were just edged out by Kilmarnock for third. They get a tough home game to open the new season with as they welcome the Jambos. Hearts finished last season a distant sixteen points adrift of the Dons. Read our Aberdeen v Hearts betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 28th, 2019 at 8:53 p.m.)
The Dons remain with Derek McInnes in charge, which has a huge positive for their stability. Their home record in the top flight last season was a slightly disappointing W9 D4 L6 and that is one area which they will definitely be trying to improve in. Aberdeen averaged 1.78 goals per home game last season, picking up a clean sheet in just about a quarter of home fixtures. A bit more stability at the back will be another area to address for them this term.
Five of their six home defeats last season were by a margin of at least two goals. Aberdeen have seen competitive action in the Europa League qualifiers this season, where they have for the large part, looked a bit rusty, especially in the final third of the pitch. They finished last season with no clean sheets in their final seven home fixtures in the Premiership. Will they be able to keep Hearts at bay? It’s going to be a fascinating encounter.
Each of the last six meetings have been won by the home team
The home team has scored exactly two goals in each of those six games
Over the last eight meetings, things are even with three wins each and two draws
Heart last won at Aberdeen in 2016 and are winless in six visits
After a bright start to last season, things turned into a bit of a nightmare for the Jambos. They won eight of their opening ten games (D1 L1) and looked to be in pretty good shape. But then November came and they lost six of their next eight fixtures (W1 D1) and they couldn’t nail any kind of winning consistency after that. Their away record read W7 D2 L10 last season. They averaged just a tiny bit over a goal per away game last season, conceding at almost 1.7 per road game on average. There was a clean sheet form them in around a quarter of their road fixtures. Five of the seven away wins that Hearts were by a one goal margin. Six of their ten away defeats were by a margin of at least two goals. Hearts won all four of their League Cup group stage games this season so have seen plenty of action.
We are just simply going to stick with the big trend of home wins when these two meet up on the weekend. We will also lean towards the two goals for the winning home side. It’s early season so neither are at their sharpest so it’s worth having a flutter on both teams to score as well in the meeting.
30th July 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Aberdeen have some work to do in this tie. They picked up a 1-1 draw on their travels in the first leg of this tie. Things could be a bit more comfortable back on home soil for them as they take on their Georgian counterparts. Aberdeen had a struggle in the last round, but will they pull through once more? Read our Aberdeen v Chikhura betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 28th, 2019 at 8.18 p.m.)
It has just been a little bit edgy from Aberdeen so far in the Europa League qualifiers. They have looked a bit rusty to be fair. They only took 2-1 successes over RoPS in the previous round. In the first leg of this second qualifying round tie they made the long trip to Georgia and the game was balanced out at 1-1. The goals from both teams in the game came from the penalty spot.
That is back to back games now that Sam Cosgrave has netted a penalty in. The Dons then will be looking for their first clean sheet of this campaign as they head back to Pittodrie. Aberdeen can rely on a good run of unbeaten home form in Europe. They are W4 D3 in their last seven home European games. Their last two home wins have been by a 2-1 scoreline. Their last four home draws in Europa have all been 1-1 affairs.
The first leg of this time was the first meeting between the two clubs
Chikhura will probably be somewhat happy with their 1-1 draw in the first leg of this tie. They are still big underdogs to qualify though. The interesting thing about this is the European form of Chikhura, which isn’t bad. Following the draw against the Dons, they have lost just one of their last seven European fixtures. They are W3 D3 L1 in that sequence of games so don’t immediately appear to be a pushover. There’s more to this as well. The Georgian side have posted a W4 D3 L1 record in their last eight Eurepoan away games. Granted that’s all been in Europa League qualifiers and only once in their history have been past the second round of qualifying. In last season’s second qualifying round they lost 2-0 at Maribor.
The Dons haven’t quite clicked yet so early in the season. However, they have stuck in there and gotten the job done. They need a bit more sharpness up front and this isn’t a particularly easy game given the form of their opponents in Europe. Aberdeen to win by a one goal margin.
29th July 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Aberdeen are heading off to Georgia in midweek for the first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie. Both of these were in action in the first qualifying round and both won both of their respective matches by a 2-1 scoreline. Read our Chikhura Sachkhere v Aberdeen betting tips for more.
Chikhura Sachkhere 16/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 21st, 2019 at 5.05 p.m.)
This is the sixth European qualification campaign for Georgian side Chikhura Sachkhere. It is the fourth season in a row at attempting to make it to the group stage of the competition, a place which they have never been before. They opened with a win over Luxembourg’s Fola Esch, Chikhura Sachkhere winning both games of that tie by a 2-1 scoreline. Each of their last three wins in Europe have been by a 2-1 scoreline. Their overall record in European action is W6 D8 L6. They have scored in just three of their last six.
This will be the first meeting between the two clubs
The Dons collected 2-1 wins in both legs of their first qualifying round tie against Finland’s RoPS. It was a bit of a tense time in the second leg away from home, as RoPS had levelled up the tie within two minutes of kick-off. But the Dons got across the finishing line thanks to a Sam Cosgrove penalty and a 90th-minute goal from Lewis Ferguson. No doubt manager Derek McInnes will be looking for things to be a little more convincing because there are bigger challenges to come. They did create plenty of chances over the two legs, they were just a bit rusty naturally. Aberdeen are hoping to field a stronger team as well with the returns of Craig Bryson, Greg Leigh and Funso Ojo. The Dons are W3 L3 in their last six European away games.
Evenings like this can be tricky affairs, so the Dons, who are clearly still a bit rusty, are going to have to watch themselves. They may have enough at the end of the day to record a win, but it’s worth having a look at both teams to score.
23rd July 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Aberdeen still have a little bit of work to do in this Europa League first qualifying round tie. They collected only a 2-1 home win over their Finnish opponents in the first leg. So how costly will that away goal conceded end up being as they head out on the road for a tricky second leg? Read our Rovaniemi v Aberdeen betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 15th, 2019 at 7:16 p.m.)
The football calendar year is a little different in Finland and the new season for Rovaniemi started back in April. So they are not going to have any issues over match sharpness. None of that accounts for form though and they have very little of that. They have only won four games all season across all competitions from sixteen played (D3 L9). So it’s not exactly a side that Aberdeen should be fearing. RoPS have never made it past the second qualifying round of the Europa League. In 2016 they did make it past the first qualifying round with an aggregate win over Shamrock Rovers. RoPS have only one of their last five European ties.
The first leg of this tie was the first meeting between the two sides
Goals from Niall McGinn and Sam Cosgrove put Aberdeen in a comfortable position of being 2-0 up in the first leg of this tie at Pittodrie. However, they conceded in the third minute of stoppage time, shipping an away goal that they hope won’t be too costly. Ahead of that game boss Derek McInnes had agreed to a new deal with the club. Only two of the summer signings that the club have made were on show in that first leg, those being John Gallgahger and Ryan Hedges. Realistically Aberdeen should have been out of sight but they were prevented from pulling off a rout by RoPS keeper Reuguero who had a great game. Just as a slight concern, they have lost their last two away games in Europe (both by a two-goal margin) and four of their last six.
The Dons should have had this tie in the bag already from that first leg. While the scoreline doesn’t look brilliant, the performance of Aberdeen was encouraging and they shouldn’t be in too much danger. They will get more chances. Aberdeen to win.
16th July 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Aberdeen will look to better whatever it is that Kilmarnock manage against Rangers on the final day of the season to get themselves a third-place finish. That rewards with a place in the Europa League first qualifying round. If they finish fourth, they would need Celtic to win the FA Cup for that European place. Hibs will take a fifth-place finish regardless of the result here. Read our Hibernian v Aberdeen betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 15th, 2019 at 8:03 p.m.)
Hibs have lost their last two league outings by a 1-0 scoreline. Those reverses were against Rangers and Kilmarnock and it leaves them winless in four (D2 L2). Their only win in their last six league games was a 2-1 success at Hearts in early April. Their overall home form at Easter Road this season reads W6 D9 L3 and they are unbeaten in their last six there. The Hibees though have only drawn four of their last five there (W1).
So their winning touch has deserted them a bit. Five of their six home wins this season have been by a margin of at least two goals. They have averaged 1.5 goals per home game, while their defence has been great. Hibernian have conceded at an average of 0.8 goals per home game. Just 33% of their league games at Easter Road have made it over 2.5 goals. Both teams have scored in less than half of league games there this season.
Aberdeen are W2 D2 in four meetings with Hibs this season in league and cup
Just one of the last six meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Both teams have scored in only two of the last eight meetings
Hibs have lost two of their last three at home in the league against the Dons (W1)
Aberdeen picked up a 2-1 win over Hearts last weekend to snap back to back defeats that they had suffered in the league. The overall away form of Aberdeen this season is W10 D3 L5. That is more wins than what they have managed at home this season in the Premiership. The Dons have taken just the two wins in their last five out on the road (D1 L2), the two wins in the sequence being clean sheet victories over Dundee and Kilmarnock.
Aberdeen have averaged just 1.2 goals per away game this season, which has been a bit of a disappointing output from them. They have conceded at an average of under a goal per away game this season, with only 44% of their road fixtures going over 2.5 goals. In total the Dons have taken a clean sheet in 39% of away games. Of their ten away wins this season, seven of them have been by a margin of just one goal. The Dons have scored 64% of their away goals in the second period of games.
This is likely going to be a tight game. Aberdeen have a lot more at stake in this one though to try and secure European action next season. They may be able to get over the goal line with a narrow win. Aberdeen to win by a one-goal margin.
16th May 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
This is the penultimate weekend of action in the Scottish top flight and Aberdeen sill have a shot at fourth place. But they need to fight back having given up third place to Kilmarnock with two to play. Hearts are in a slump at the moment and need a point to avoid dropping to the bottom half of the table. Read our Aberdeen v Hearts betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 8th, 2019 at 4:40 p.m.)
The Dons have lost their last two games which has seen them give up third place in that able to Kilmarnock. Those defeats were a 2-0 loss at Rangers and then a 3-0 home defeat by Celtic. So that’s been a really poor return from the Dons. They have actually won just three of their last nine league games now though (D2 L4) so they haven’t not been on the money for a while. Their home form hasn’t been on point at all as they have claimed just the one win in their last eight home fixtures in the league.
Overall this season their home record is at W8 D4 L6, which is worse numbers than what they have produced on the road. In total they have averaged 1.7 goals per home fixture but they have conceded heavily on home soil. They are averaging 1.4 per game against. Around 40% of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals. In total they have taken a clean sheet in 28% of home games and they are without one in any of their last six on home soil. Of the eight wins that they have taken this season at home in Premiership, five of them have been by a margin of at least two goals.
Aberdeen have won three of their last four home games against Hearts 2-0
Hearts have failed to score in their last four trips to Pittodrie
Hearts are W2 L1 in their three meetings with Aberdeen this season
Each of the last five league meetings have produced a win for the home team
The end of the season can’t come quickly enough for Hearts. They have had so many difficulties since early February really. They have won just two of their last twelve league games. In their last five, home and away combined, they have taken just the one point which was from a draw at Hibs. Hearts have gone W1 D1 L3 in their last five Premiership away games and after this one, they will close out the season away at Celtic. Not much left in the season to resurrect a bit of away form.
Hearts have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last seven league fixtures (home and away). Of their seven away successes for the season, five of them have been by a one-goal margin only. On the other side, of their eight away defeats, all but two have been by a margin of at least two goals. Hearts have conceded at an average of 1.6 goals per away game, while they have averaged just a shade over a goal per away fixture. Of the goals which they have produced on the road, 61% of them have been scored in the first half of games.
The form of Hearts has gone down the pan and therefore this should present the Don’s with an opportunity to get some home cheer. There hasn’t been much of it for them lately, but recent history points to them collecting a home win to nil.
8th May 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
There is a big top three clash coming up in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday evening. Second-placed Rangers will be looking to try and keep some momentum going as they try everything to reel in leaders Celtic. Aberdeen would jump above the Gers if they were to land the home victory. Read our Aberdeen v Rangers betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on February 3rd, 2019 at 8:23 p.m.)
This is a fixture which Aberdeen cannot allow to let slip through their fingers, or else they will lose touch with the top two. On the weekend Aberdeen collected a 2-1 victory at them on a four-match undefeated streak of form. Actually, Aberdeen have only suffered the one defeat in their last nine Premiership fixtures, and that was back on Boxing Day when they lost by a one-goal margin at home against Celtic. Aberdeen have been fairly consistent in front of goal having scored at least two goals now in eight of their last nine top-flight games.
Overall this season on home soil Aberdeen have returned figures of W7 D2 L3. In that sequence of games, they have averaged just a shade under two goals per game on average. Less than half of their home fixtures have made it over 2.5 goals. Aberdeen have earned a clean sheet in 42% of their home fixtures this season and have two in their last three on home soil. Six times this season on home soil have Aberdeen been winning at the halftime break. Of goals which they have conceded at home this term, 62% have been in the second period of fixtures. Rangers and Celtic are the only two sides who have scored more League goals than Aberdeen the season.
Aberdeen have a W2 D1 record against Rangers this season
Each of the last five meetings have ended under 2.5 goals
Aberdeen are currently undefeated in four games in all competitions against Rangers W2 D2
Rangers are unbeaten in their last four League visits to Pittodrie (W2 D2)
Rangers have secured back-to-back League wins (both with a clean sheet as well) after earning a big 4-0 victory at home against St Mirren on the weekend. That is seven unanswered goals that Rangers have produced in their last two fixtures. Four of the last five League wins Rangers have produced have been with a clean sheet. That includes their important 1-0 home win over Celtic in late December. Overall this season away from home Rangers have a W5 D4 L3 record.
Rangers have produced 1.6 goals per game on average on their travels, and they have been very tight at the back conceding at an average of a goal per game. Rangers have earned a clean sheet in exactly quarter of their away games. Just twice this season on their travels have Rangers been losing at the halftime break. Home and away combined they have scored in each of their last six Premiership games and each of their last three on the road have ended up over 2.5 goals. In their last five away games Rangers are at W-2 D2 L1.
Aberdeen will know the importance of not losing this game and so they have to be strong and focused on home soil. Rangers have been far from perfect on their travels and the Dons can at least get a point out of this fixture. Aberdeen double chance.
4th February 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
This is a top clash inside the top three in the Scottish Premiership. Celtic have a one-point lead and have some tough games coming up to try and hold their ground. They take on third-placed Aberdeen on Boxing Day. The Dons are trailing the leaders by three points but have played a game more. They need a big result here. Read our Aberdeen v Celtic betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 23rd, 2018 at 10:54 p.m.)
This is a huge game for Aberdeen in terms of their title ambition. They have won their last four games on the bounce so have league form. They have netted at least two goals in each of those four wins as well so the goals are flowing. The confidence should be too. Aberdeen have only failed to win one of their last seven home games and a victory in this one would move them level on points with leaders Celtic.
Granted Celtic would still have a game in hand over them. Aberdeen have come up with an average of exactly two goals per game at home in the league this season, while they have conceded an average of under a goal per game. They have collected a clean sheet in 40% of their home fixtures.
So the home advantage factor needs a mention. This is really a situation where the Dons have to make it count. Really count. These two have clashed twice already this season and Celtic have come out on top in both of them with a 1-0 scoreline. But this will be the first game at Pittodrie against them this season.
Both teams have failed to score in each of the last six meetings in all competitions, so there’s a trend. Celtic have avoided defeat in each of their last four visits to Aberdeen in the league, but the Boys have been struggling for league away form. They are perfect at home in the league this season, but their away form isn’t all there.
Celtic’s away form of late is just W1 D2 L1. Their overall away record in the Premiership is W3 D3 L3. They lost their last road game 2-0 out at Hibs. So things haven’t been going their away on their travels and if they end up losing the league title, it will probably be because of that. Can Aberdeen take advantage of that? This is going to be a testing period for Celtic who are away at Rangers on December 29th.
It is as good a time as any to back Aberdeen to get something out of this. The results away from home from Celtic haven’t been there. Aberdeen will know the importance of getting something out of this. Aberdeen – Draw Double Chance 6/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 23rd, 2018 at 10:54 p.m.)
24th December 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting