Viking Stavanger may have raised a few Aberdeen eyebrows with their most recent scoreline prior to facing Derek McInnes’ team.
The Norwegian outfit are Aberdeen’s hosts in the second round of Europa League qualifying this week. Out of the ties the Dons could have got, this was perhaps the most difficult.
McInnes’ side are in good form, however, heading into this one. They’ve won five games in succession, kicking off that run with a 6-0 rout of NSI Runavik in round one of Europa League qualifying.
Aberdeen have conceded once during this run but Viking have shown at the weekend they know where the goal is. Albeit, they could do with some brushing up defensively.
They won 5-3 away from home against sixth-place Kristiansund. They started scoring after four minutes through hitman Veton Berisha who has 10 goals from 17 games this season.
It was 1-1 at half time though as the home team got back level through Amahl Pellegrino. A crazy final half hour witnessed six goals, Viking racing into a 4-1 lead through Berisha and Zytmer Bytqi strikes.
Bendik Bye and Pellegrino made it tight towards the end but Ylldren Ibrahimaj eased things and finished scoring at 5-3.
Viking have scored an impressive 15 goals in their last five games, but have also conceded 10. If anything, Thursday’s game could get very lively if the Norwegian outfit’s recent history is to go off.