Burnley to face Aberdeen in Europa League second qualifying round

Burnley will be entering a European competition for the first time in 51 years this January as the Clarets drew Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. 

The first leg is scheduled to be played at the Pittodrie on the 26 July, with the return fixture being at Turf Moor a week later on the 2 August.

The draw took place at midday today in Nyon, Switzerland. The final will take place in Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan on the 29 May.

The Clarets last graced a European Competition in the 1960s which saw a quarter-final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Sean Dyche’s men endured a terrific campaign last time out, finishing 7th in the Premier League, meaning there Clarets qualified for Europe, as the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup were both won by teams already qualified for Europe in Chelsea (FA Cup) and Manchester City (Carabao Cup).

The Lancashire club finished 16th in the 2016/17 season, achieving Premier League survival for the first time. They reached the recommended 40 points mark, only to better that this season, as they ended on 54 points.

Sean Dyche has reiterated over the course of the season how proud he is of his players, naming himself the ‘Proudest man in proudsville’ which has led to signs for the location being placed in Burnley, as well as google maps showing ‘proudsville’ to be in the spot where Turf Moor is placed.

Club chairman Mike Garlick praised the achievements of all the staff: “Full marks to Sean and his team and all the players. It’s an incredible job.”

Burnley enjoyed terrific form on the road this time round, which was the problem in 2016/17, as they gained 28 points from 19 games in the Premier League. Gaining points from Anfield, Wembley, Old Trafford and most notably Stamford Bridge as the Clarets won their first game of the season against Chelsea 3-2.

The Clarets broke a number of club records this season, and all without key players Robbie Brady, Steven Defour and Tom Heaton who were all injured for large parts of the season.

Burnley fans, how do you feel you’ll perform in Europe? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us @AllOutFootball_ with the hashtag #AOF!