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Aberdeen and Tottenham Battle of Britain prospect odds slashed after UEFA reveal Conference League draw groups

Daily Record logo Daily Record 31/07/2021 Gavin Berry

Aberdeen’s chances of a mouthwatering cross-border clash against Tottenham Hotspur have increased after UEFA revealed their Conference League play-off draw groups.

The Dons will be in the hat in Nyon on Monday along with Hibs although both sides still have to negotiate their third qualifying round tie.

Aberdeen face Icelandic side Breidablik while Hibs take on HNK Rijeka to move to within 180 minutes of a place in the group stage of the inaugural season of UEFA’s third tier competition.

UEFA have split the teams into mini groups ahead of the draw, reducing the number of teams who can be paired together.

And the unseeded Reds could land a glamour game against Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs side following the confirmation of the subgroups.

Here, Record Sport looks at the sides the Dons and Hibs could face.

ABERDEEN

Tottenham Hotspur

This would undoubtedly be the best draw in terms of glamour but also the most difficult if Stephen Glass wants to lead his side into the group stage.

Former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is now in charge of the Londoners and Harry Kane and Co could be heading to Pittodrie.

Apollon Limassol or Qarabag

The Dons were involved in an ugly tie with the Cypriots four years ago when fans fought in the stands with police.


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Then boss Derek McInnes also told how he was pelted with missiles in the dug-out and the game had to be paused when flares were thrown on the park.

If Qarabag go through then the Azerbaijani outfit will be no pushovers as Celtic discovered when they edged them out by a single goal over two legs under Ronny Deila.

Ujpest or Basel

The Swiss side will be favourites to progress and they have a decent European pedigree having been Champions League regulars while the Hungarians aren’t the force they once were in Europe.

Viktoria Plzen or The New Saints

The Czech outfit will be overwhelming favourites to go through against the Welsh minnows having been in the Champions League group stage just a couple of years ago.

HIBS

KUPS or Astana

A trip to Kazakhstan is one to avoid given the travel involved and time difference and Finland would a must more preferable destination for Jack Ross and his side if they can see off Rijeka.

Bohemians or PAOK

Rangers faced PAOK Salonika under Dick Advocaat and it’s an intimidating arena when full and the Greeks wold be expected to see off their Irish rivals.

Feyenoord or Luzern

The Dutch side are a huge name in Europe and while they aren’t the force they once were, the Rotterdam outfit are still one to avoid. A trip to Switzerland would be better.

Gent or RFS

The Hibees travelled to Belgium in 1992 when they faced Anderlecht in the UEFA Cup and that would be more likely out of these two with the Latvians big underdogs.

Meanwhile, St Johnstone will be hoping they don’t have to worry about the Conference League as they look to progress in the Europa League.

But if the Perth side will be in the hat and if they lose to Galatasaray could face either Rennes (FRA), Anderlecht (Bel)/Laci (ALB), Vojvodina (SRB)/LASK (AUT) or Spartak Trnava (SVK)/Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR).

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