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Aberdeen vs Chikhura Sachkhere: Dons in pole position

Kick-off: 1945, 01/08/2019

Stadium: Pittodrie

Aberdeen showed plenty of spirit to earn a 1-1 draw with Chikhura Sachkhere in Tbilisi and are fancied to finish the job off at Pittodrie.

Derek McInnes has to contend with injury problems at the back ahead of this Europa League qualifier, but the Dons can do enough going forward to progress.

We like 3/4 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game for our initial Aberdeen vs Chikhura Sachkhere prediction.

A Look At Aberdeen’s Betting Odds

Aberdeen started brightly in Georgia but then lost Ash Taylor to a hamstring injury inside 18 minutes of the first leg.

With Mikey Devlin and Greg Leigh already sidelined, McInnes was forced into a reshuffle and his team looked up against it after conceding a soft penalty before half-time.

However, the Scottish side rallied bravely after the break and Sam Cosgrove’s equaliser from the spot helped give them a result which was well deserved.

McInnes told Red TV: “I thought the response was very good. At half-time, we had it all to do, but then we took real charge of the game.

“If we were really chasing the game, I think there was maybe another goal in it for us.

“But we knew, while 1-1 is not a perfect result, it gives us every opportunity to finish the tie at Pittodrie.”

Looking at the Aberdeen vs Chikhura Sachkhere odds, we’re happy to take 29/10 for the hosts to oblige 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 from the multiple correct score market.

A Look At Chikhura Sachkhere’s Betting Odds

Chikhura forged ahead when Funso Ojo was penalised for a challenge on Irakli Lekvtadze and Vazha Koripadze successfully converted from 12 yards out.

They had previously beaten Fola Esch of Luxembourg 2-1 in both encounters and do look technically adept enough to make their presence felt at Pittodrie.

The first game was played in a strange atmosphere in the Boris Paichadze Stadium, with Sachkhere’s 2,000-capacity ground deemed unsuitable by UEFA.

Up to 54,000 fans can fit into the national stadium but, despite free entry, the impressive arena was near empty.

Joe Lewis was at full stretch to stop an attempted lob from Mikheili Ergemlidze, as the Georgian outfit held their own.

We saw enough to suggest they will also improve for playing in a more conventional atmosphere and Evens for both teams to score completes our Aberdeen vs Chikhura Sachkhere betting tips.

Additional stats

First-leg result:

CHIKHURA SACHKERE 1-1 ABERDEEN – Giorgi Koripadze (pen) + Sam Cosgrove (pen)

Previous head-to-head: N/A

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