Aberdeen look to have their work cut out in their final pre-season friendly of the summer.
With the new SPL season just days away, the Dons are hosting La Liga side Villarreal at Pittodrie this evening.
The Yellow Submarine finished fourth in the Spanish top flight last term, securing passage into the Champions League qualifiers.
With Aberdeen only managing ninth place in the 2010-11 Scottish Premier League, it is understandable that Villarreal are highly fancied to win the match, which is being staged as a testimonial for Darren Mackie.
Indeed, odds of 11/20 on a Villarreal victory are all the more understandable when the Spanish side’s squad is examined.
It features the likes of Euro 2008 winner Marcos Senna, Brazilian winger Nilmar and reported Barcelona target Guiseppe Rossi.
As such, there should be a significant gulf in class between the two sides, with odds of 18/5 on an Aberdeen victory reflective of this.
A further pointer towards Villarreal’s likely victory is the result of Aberdeen’s last encounter with a side from the top flight of another major European league.
The Dons took on Borussia Monchengladbach earlier this month and were on the receiving end of a 5-2 thrashing.
With this in mind, a good bet could be on there to be more than 3.5 goals in the Aberdeen Villarreal match at odds of 27/20.
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However, those with more faith in Craig Brown’s side could point to the three victories earned since then, including an 11-1 success over Inverurie Loco.
Further hope is offered by the 4-3 loss suffered by Villarreal in their first pre-season friendly of the summer, against UCD on Saturday.
This suggests a punt on a draw – available at 3/1 – could yet pay dividends, although a bet on Villarreal to win still looks like the best option.
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