Aberdeen will be hoping to secure their first win of their Europa Conference League campaign when they host Helsinki on Thursday night (20:00) at the Pittodrie Stadium.

The hosts suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt on matchday one, while the visitors lost 3-2 at home against PAOK.

Aberdeen vs Helsinki Prediction

  • Aberdeen and both teams to score (yes) @ 12/5
  • #PickYourPunt – Over 2.5 goals and Bojan Miovski to score anytime @ 7/4

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Aberdeen did not suffer any injuries in the victory over Rangers in the league last time out, so boss Barry Robson may be tempted to retain his winning side.

As for the visitors, Valtteri Moren continues to recover from a long-term knee injury, while Dejan Iliev and Niki Maenpaa are nursing elbow and calf injuries respectively.

Aberdeen and both teams to score (yes) @ 12/5

Aberdeen’s season looked to be on the verge of unravelling at the start of their Europa Conference League campaign but they head into their second group game with Helsinki in high spirits after a turnaround in fortunes.

As mentioned, the Dons lost 2-1 to Frankfurt on matchday one, but since then have gone from strength-to-strength.

Barry Robson’s side responded to that defeat with an emphatic 4-0 triumph over Ross County in the league before beating the Staggies three days later in the Scottish League Cup quarter-final.

Last weekend saw the Dons claim a famous victory at Ibrox, emerging as 3-1 winners, so they head into this game full of confidence.

Eight of Aberdeen’s 12 fixtures across all competitions this season has seen both teams score, so I’m backing it once again here but with the match result for slightly more value.

#PickYourPunt – Over 2.5 goals and Bojan Miovski to score anytime @ 7/4

I’ve picked over 2.5 goals as the first part of this #PickYourPunt, as over 2.5 goals has landed in five of Aberdeen’s last seven outings, and four of Helsinki’s last five encounters.

Both legs of Aberdeen’s Europa League playoff tie with BK Hacken saw over 2.5 goals fly in, suggesting the Dons struggle to keep things tight at the back on the continental stage.

I’ve paired that with Bojan Miovski to score anytime. The Dons’ forward has been his club’s main source for goals this season, scoring seven across all competitions so far this term.

The North Macedonian striker netted twice in as many matches during Europa League qualifying, suggesting that the lights aren’t too bright for him on the European stage.

The last European game at the Pittodrie Stadium was the aforementioned Europa League playoff defeat to BK Hacken back in August, but Miovski was on the scoresheet that night so I fancy him to continue his good form when the Dons welcome Helsinki on Thursday.

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