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
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