Scotland’s Oliver Burke doesn’t think Burnley will have it easy after seeing the Dons in action.
Aberdeen’s Europa League second qualifying round tie with the Clarets kicks off at Pittodrie on Thursday.
West Bromwich Albion winger Burke, 21, who has already commanded close to £30 million in transfer fees during his career, made 10 English Premier League appearances last term as the Baggies were relegated – so he knows how good sides in the league often labelled the world’s best can be.
He even played 16 minutes against Burnley in a 2-1 defeat at the Hawthorns in March.
However, having come on against Derek McInnes’ men in the 1-1 friendly draw at Pittodrie on Friday, he doesn’t think Sean Dyche’s men will have it is as easy as some may believe.
Burke said: “I don’t think that will happen at all (Burnley win easily). It’s very 50/50.”
He added: “From what Aberdeen showed in that game, I think they’ve got all the chances in the world. It’s very possible.
“Anything is possible in football.
“It’ll be a tough game, for both sides.”
Burnley have far more resources at their disposal than the Dons as a result of being in the cash-flooded Premier League.
Last season, the Clarets received almost £120 million in television payments for coming seventh compared with the Reds’ £2.3m for finishing second in the Scottish Premiership.
The winner in the game Burke played in was scored by Chris Wood – a £15 million signing for Dyche’s team.
But Burke thinks Aberdeen starting their pre-season earlier than the Turf Moor outfit, a result of the Scottish top flight returning earlier, could swing things in the Dons’ favour.
He said: “Starting their training earlier can maybe give them that extra boost and they’ll maybe be fitter and have had a bit more time.
“That could be a big opportunity.”
Burke himself is looking to get more playing time under new boss Darren Moore in the Championship this season, having once been touted as Scotland’s answer to Welsh superstar Gareth Bale.
The Kirkcaldy native has played five times for Scotland and was at the Toulon Tournament in France as the national team’s Under-21s finished fourth this summer.
Burke said: “For me it’s all about getting games under my belt and that’s all I want to do.
“I just want to play football and there’s nothing more I want.
“Hopefully this season can be my season, as you would say, and I can enjoy myself and get myself back to where I was.“