Burnley vs Aberdeen preview, free betting tips and prediction: Can the Clarets beat their British neighbours?
Burnley to win to nil @ 21/20 with BetVictor
Back in Europe for the first time since the sixties, Burnley were tasked with a trip to the exotic shores of Scotland for a battle against Aberdeen. It was an occasion to remember with both sets of fans providing the lively atmosphere expected from supporters who treat these occasions as something to be savoured. Aberdeen took an early lead thanks to a Gary Mackay-Stevens penalty. This was after Burnley stopper Nick Pope was forced off with what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury.
With Tom Heaton also out injured, Anders Lindegaard, the former Manchester United reserve, was brought into the fray. While he couldn’t save the spot-kick, he did manage to go through the rest of the game without conceding. Starting their pre-season ten days later than their Scottish opponents, Burnley looked a little off the pace in the early stages but had grown into the game by the second half. The stage was set for an equaliser and, summoned from the bench, Wales international Sam Vokes proved to be a supersub by finding the back of the net, helping Burnley bring a crucial away goal back to Turf Moor.
And few who take an interest in this game will need to be informed about Burnley’s impressive home record in recent seasons. As a result, Sean Dyche will be confident that his side can get through the second leg with minimum fuss. Those on the side of Aberdeen declared that while they couldn’t match Burnley’s budget, they were a worthy opponent for them on the field. They proved this to be true at Pittodrie. But we expect Burnley to step up their game for the home leg, to remind Premier League clubs what a fortress Turf Moor is ahead of the new campaign.
Dyche has something close to a goalkeeping crisis on his hands. His first two stoppers are injured and his (admittedly competent) third-choice complained of tight muscles after the first leg. Resting Lindegaard for the friendly in between the two games should give him the time make sure his fitness won’t be an issue for the home tie. Robbie Brady was taken off as a precaution in that friendly against Montpellier and won’t be involved in this tie.
Aberdeen have their league opener against Rangers this weekend and that may figure into Derek McInnes thinking when he’s picking his team from a largely fit and healthy squad.