Burnley’s reward for finishing seventh in the Premier League last season was a place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League for the first time, and their dream of a group stage berth is still on after drawing 1-1 with Aberdeen last week. Sam Vokes’ late equaliser for the Clarets in Scotland means that they are in control of the tie with an away goal and a home win at Turf Moor on Thursday night would send them into the third qualifying round.
Sean Dyche and his squad will also have to navigate a two-legged play-off if they are to make it into the 64-team group stage, but they will be without first choice keeper Nick Pope on Thursday after he picked up a shoulder injury in the first match. Tom Heaton could return from injury himself as he attempts to move back ahead of Pope in the pecking order.
After Aberdeen, Burnley face Espanyol in their final friendly before they travel to Southampton next Sunday in the opening Premier League weekend in what is a crucial three weeks for the Lancashire outfit.
Their opponents start their domestic campaign this Sunday against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers and they have not lost a match – competitively or otherwise – since April. It is for that reason that they will believe that their European adventure is not over and scoring at Turf Moor would put them in a strong position to advance.
The Dons, who got to the third qualifying round last season only to lose to Apollon Limassol, were runners-up in the Scottish Premiership but still have the odds stacked against them at Tipbet.com. With 97 different markets, the visitors are 9.50 to outright win on the night, or 5.00 to get through.
Burnley, meanwhile, should have too much quality and are 1.30 and 1.12 for the same outcomes. There are plenty of other possibilities to bet on, including the correct final score, while Tipbet have season bets for the eventual trophy winners, with Chelsea and Arsenal currently leading the way at 7.00 and 8.00 respectively.