Aberdeen take on the visitors Maribor in the first leg of Europa League qualifying matchup. The match will be played at Pitordy Stadium on Thursday, July 28th.
Aberdeen are the runners-up of the previous season in Scottish Premier League. They finished with 71 points and 62-48 goal difference after 38 matches played. The hosts played only two club friendlies this summer, winning both against Brechin, 3-0 and East Fife, 4-2. Scottish side have passed threou two stages of the competition, eliminating Fola, 3-1, 0-1 and Ventspils, 3-0, 1-0. Aberdeen shoe confident results at home with only two defeats recorded win 2016.
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Maribor also finished second in their domestic league last season. On top of that, they won Slovenian cup. The team gained 68 points in 36 matches with 78-37 goal difference. The team played seven club friendlies this summer, taking two wins, four draws and one defeat with 9-8 aggregate score. The visitors have already knocked out Levski in the previous round, 0-0, 1-1. Maribor played two matches in Slovenian league this season, taking wins in both matches. 10 away matches in 2016 gained the team five wins, four draws and one defeats.
The opponents haven’t met before. Both teams played several matches this season already, showing quite average results. The level of the teams is about the same and we can expect home-field advantage to be decisive factor here and Aberdeen will be closed to success in home leg.
Prediction for the match: Aberdeen to win with +0.0 Asian handicap.