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Thompson: Burnley too strong for Aberdeen

Former Burnley striker Steven Thompson believes they'll be too strong for Aberdeen in their Europa League qualifier.

Thompson, who spent three years at Turf Moor and made 100 appearances for the Clarets, is now a respected pundit in Scotland.

He told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "They're a very decent team, every year we see them rise to the challenge and get stronger and stronger.

"Last year Rangers were back in the league but Aberdeen still finished second.

"They've got a manager in Derek McInnes who is highly sought after, Rangers and Sunderland have tried to get him, but he's very content at Aberdeen.

"They're a very organised team, they work extremely hard. They've got players than can hurt you but they'll be massive underdogs for the game.

"Burnley had such an incredible season last year, they'll be looking to strengthen in the summer again, it will be a very difficult game for Aberdeen to get anything out of.

"If you look at the two sides objectively Burnley are far, far ahead of Aberdeen.

"The odds will be heavily stacked in Burnley's favour to go through the tie, it won't be easy at Pittodrie, but I think the quality they have should be enough to see them get through."

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