Burnley manager Sean Dyche wary of Aberdeen


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Burnley manager Sean Dyche expects a stern test from Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen when the two teams meet in qualifying for the Europa League.

The Clarets travel to Pittodrie for the first leg of their Europa League second qualifying tie on July 26 and host the Dons in the return fixture on August 2.

Dyche is looking forward to facing Aberdeen and he feels the double-header will be tough for Burnley, but he remains confident they can progress to the next qualifying round.

“We’ve worked hard to get here and we’ll look forward to the challenge it brings,” said the Clarets manager.

“And it brings focus to the end part of the pre-season now that we know who we’ve got.

“We can prepare for what should be a competitive cup tie alongside our planning for the Premier League.”

He added: “Everyone knows it could have been anything, looking at the draw with the amount of different teams from different countries involved and lo and behold we get someone just up the road.

“We know we won’t be travelling far, so it won’t be too unfamiliar.”

If the Clarets manage to overcome Aberdeen they will have to get through two further qualifying rounds to secure a spot in the Europa League group stage.

Burnley begin the new Premier League season with a trip to Southampton and they are 3.75 to secure all three points. A win for Saints is available at 2.00 and a draw can be backed at 3.40.

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