Former Aberdeen hero Mixu Paatelianen has given Aberdeen the fans the low-down on what to expect from RoPS.

The Finnish side visit Pittodrie in the Europa League on Thursday. Paatelianen thinks they are capable of giving the Dons a tough game.

“RoPS will be very sticky for Aberdeen” he said, as reported by the Evening Express.

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“Strength is in their defence”

“RoPS’ strength is in their defence as they have experience in players like Taye Taiwo and Mohamadou Sissoko who I managed at Kilmarnock.”

The former Dons striker does think that if Aberdeen play to their best, they should prevail in the tie.

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“However, if Aberdeen play their normal high-tempo game it will be very difficult for RoPS as the Dons are a quality side.”

Opponents already playing competitive football

What could make the game difficult for Derek McInnes’ side is that RoPS are already playing competitive football. That is just a hurdle that the Dons will have to overcome though.

If as Paatelianen says, that RoPS’ strength is in defence, it could be a big night for new signing Craig Bryson.

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Derek McInnes will be looking for Bryson to unlock the RoPS defence. It could also be a big game for Sam Cosgrove, who excelled up-front for Aberdeen last season.

Judging by Paatelianen’s comments it could be a tough game for the Dons. Therefore, any win to take over to the second leg will be a good result. Although a clean sheet would also be a bonus.

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