Aberdeen travel to Dnipro for the 2nd leg of the 1st round encounter between the two. After a goalless draw at Pittodrie, Aberdeen have the initiative, a score draw putting them through.
Jimmy Calderwood to RedWeb: ‘This is the biggest game of my managerial career and it will be the same for most of the players out there tomorrow. We’ve worked hard to get here over the last few years and we are determined to take our chance.
We are under no illusions on how difficult the task will be and a lot of people have written us off but we are confident that we can do well. It’s been a great experience so far and we would like to finish the job tomorrow. We know they have had a run of poor results since we last met but they are still a good team with a gifted manager. We will have to watch Nazarenko as he picked up good positions in the first leg and will be a key figure for them.
Each individual in our team will have to play well. We need to be strong defensively and need to communicate with each other. Most of all we need to keep our concentration throughout and if we can do that we will have a chance.’
Dnipro Team News:
Oleg Protasov has a fully fit squad to pick from, with not a single player ruled out. Sam Allardyce may want a word with him.
Player to watch: Nazarenko
This man was the only real threat to Jamie Langfield in the first leg and he certainly is dangerous. The back line will have to be on their toes at all times if they want to prevent a Hibs-esque 5-1 pummeling.
Aberdeen Team News:
Jamie Smith has recovered from flu and is likely to start in Dnipro. He’s shown good form of late and the gaffer will be delighted he is available.
Meantime, Stevie Lovell and Darren Mackie have returned from injury but have not been in the starting line up of late and will likely be on the bench. Ex-Sunderland full back Dan Smith has stayed in Scotland and Sone Aluko joins him.
Derek Soutar didn’t travel due to a broken toe and Greg Kelly will take his place on the bench.
Player to watch: Jeffrey De Visscher
The winger has been granted two consecutive starts in the last two games and has been promising. What are the odds on him grabbing the winner and becoming an instant hero a la Van Der Ark?
Match Facts & Stats
The sides have only met once before, that being in the first leg. Neither have beaten each other and it needn’t change if the game ends in a score draw.
2-2 with Jamie Smith and Jeffrey De Visscher putting the Dons through to the group stages.
It’s back to Pittodrie on Sunday where Aberdeen host Saint Mirren.