Aberdeen vs BK HackenUEFA Europa League, KO: 19:45 Aug 31, 2023, Pittodrie Stadium
ABERDEEN have a glorious chance to reach the relative riches of the Europa League group stages for the first time in 15 years on Thursday.
But the question is which Dons will turn up for the second leg play-off at Pittodrie against Swedish champions BK Hacken?
Barry Robson's side produced a stirring comeback in the iconic, from an Aberdeen-perspective, city of Gothenburg after going two goals down to Hacken and looking down and out.
And they could even have won it after having a goal disallowed following a VAR check in injury time. Once they discovered Hacken were vulnerable at the back, they really went for it and found plenty of joy.
However, they followed that up with an inexplicably bad display in Paisley where they somehow escaped with a 2-2 draw despite being completely outplayed by St Mirren.
They looked a defensive mess and they weren't much better at Livingston the other week too. So will they show how they can play against Hacken in front of a sell-out Pittodrie or freeze?
Hacken are excellent on the front foot and star man Ibrahim Sadiq will play his last match on Thursday for Hacken before completing a £3.5 million to AZ Alkmaar.
However, they were hammered 4-2 by city rivals IFK Gothenburg at the weekend underlining their defensive issues.
How the bookies view it
Aberdeen were originally 19/10 when the prices came out, but that's long gone and 8/5 with William Hill's is the best on offer now.
Recent head to heads
Aberdeen won 5-1 at Pittodrie when the sides met two years ago in this competition. The Dons lost 2-0 in the return and, of course, drew 2-2 in Sweden last week,
Players to watch
Wih Duk is seemingly still on his summer holidays, Bojan Miovski has started the season well. The Swedes struggled to handle him last week and the North Macedonian striker will be popular when the goalscorers' prices drop.
As stated, Ibrahim Sadiq is a class act and the Ghanian will want to go out with a bang here.
Anything else catch the eye?
If Aberdeen can sort out their defensive worries, they should have too much firepower for Hacken and make history here.
It took a change from Robson last week for the Dons to really rattle the Swedes, but even previously they pressed Hacken into mistakes all over the pitch.
But it's likely to be another thriller. Hacken's front three are all very decent and it's highly likely they will score at Pittodrie in what should be another entertaining clash.
Keep an eye on the corners market when they come up. Aberdeen won eight in Sweden and there were 13 in the match. Both sides use width and there should be plenty at Pittodrie.
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