Aberdeen's last Europa League fixture was a thoroughly dismal affair with the Dons only managing a 1-1 draw with Bosnian outfit Siroki Brijeg at Pittodrie. Boss Derek McInnes was less than impressed, stating that the problem was that his men were lacking match practice. Indeed the Dons put in a much improved performance in the second leg with an emphatic 2-0 victory in Bosnia and making it through to the next round of qualifiers.
McInnes has been weighing up tonight's opposition and he has been impressed by the Cypriot outfit.
“They were very impressive against the Moldovans but I will temper that a bit by saying they got it far too easy.
“But you couldn’t fail to be impressed by their movement, their approach to the play and their intensity.
“They were clearly the better side but they did the right things. They have two overlapping full-backs, bright movement ahead of the play, two controllers in central midfield and two good centre-halves.”
Nevertheless he also stated that Limassol wouldn't be relishing the prospect of facing Aberdeen at Pittodrie and that they will have been impressed with the Dons in the competition thus far.
“As we go through the rounds the quality increases. But I would like to think they are also looking at us and our second-half display (against Siroki), and seeing why we were the second best team in Scotland last season.
“It will be a tough game for us but also a tough one for them, and we’re more ready for it now after a game on Thursday.
“The 90 minutes on Thursday and the competitive element of the game in Bosnia will help the players make big strides forward.”
If his players show the sort of improvement which they did in Bosnia last time around then they should have enough about them to see their way past Apollon Limassol. The Cypriots possess plenty of experience in European competition but like the Dons they have struggled in the qualifying rounds in recent years.
The fact that Limassol have found the net five times will be of concern to the Aberdeen boss and there is little to suggest that the visitors won't find the back of the net at some point tonight. Nevertheless the home fans will be confident that their side can repeat their impressive performance in their last European outing and in all honesty we share their confidence.