Aberdeen are in Finland to take on RoPS Rovaniemi in the second leg of their first round Europa League qualifier.

They lead 2-1 from the first leg at Pittodrie. An early goal or two will be needed to quell the nerves, with RoPS’ late goal in the first leg leaving the tie in the balance.

Aberdeen need to score early against RoPS

Aberdeen need to score early against RoPS  (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Here’s who we think Derek McInnes will pick to start the clash.

The starting XI

We can’t see too many changes being made to his side. If it worked last week, then there’s a good chance it’ll work this week, if they apply themselves correctly.


It’ll be a 4-2-3-1 starting with Joe Lewis in goal. The captain will be making his 144th Dons appearance.

Lewis will captain the side again. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

At right-back will be Shay Logan with a centre-back pairing of Ash Taylor and Scott McKenna. At left-back will be the ever-present Andy Considine, with new signing Greg Leigh struggling for fitness.

McInnes doesn’t have a lot of midfield options but it’s in that department we think he’ll make his one change. Dean Campbell will replace Scott Wright, allowing Jon Gallagher to play in a more advanced role further up the park.

So in the engine room will be Campbell and Lewis Ferguson, alongside Gallagher, who’ll be fielded in support of striker Sam Cosgrove.

Campbell comes in to allow Gallagher to support the attack more . (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Niall McGinn and Ryan Hedges will provide the width from the right and left flanks respectively. Overall there aren’t too many changes to McInnes’ last Aberdeen side, but we think he’ll adopt a slightly more defensive approach over in Finland.

Here’s our full starting XI in list form.

GK- Joe Lewis

RB- Shay Logan

CB- Ash Taylor

CB- Scott McKenna

LB- Andy Considine

CM- Dean Campbell

CM- Lewis Ferguson

RM- Niall McGinn

LM- Ryan Hedges

CAM- Jon Gallagher

ST- Sam Cosgrove

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