ABERDEEN performed a great escape in Kazakhstan to keep alive their Europa League hopes.
The Dons have a decent chance of qualifying for the play-off stage after battling back from a horror start to lose 2-1 at Kairat Almaty last week.
After conceding two early goals Derek McInnes’s men won the second half with Kenny McLean’s strike and are 11-10 at McBookie to qualify.
A 1-0 win would be enough and it will be interesting to see how Almaty handle the marathon trip faced by the Scots a week ago.
They aren’t terrific travellers at the best of times and lost 2-1 to at a poor Alashkert side in the previous round. There’s no doubt though this will be another tough test for the Dons but roared on by a full house I’m backing them to qualify.
It will take a titanic effort and they’ll be desperate not to concede to a side who created many chances in the first leg and bagged two wonder goals.
To win on the night Aberdeen are 23-20 with McBookie and William Hill with Almaty 14-5 at bet365 and the draw 12-5 with Skybet.
A 1-0 win would put McInnes’s men through on away goals and pays 7-1 at Paddy Power while a 2-1 victory would force extra time and returns 9-1 at McBookie. I’m backing over 2.5 goals at a biggest 6-5 at 10bet as it could have been something like 5-2 last week.
In the same way Ronny Deila’s been rotating between Leigh Griffiths and Nadir Ciftci the Dons have a dilemma over whether to start David Goodwillie or Adam Rooney.
If Rooney gets the nod I’ll be on him at 5-1 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock.
Over 2.5 goals
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