Landing a team from Luxembourg, a lowly 146 in the Fifa World rankings, would on paper seem a straight-forward draw.
However, in CS Fola Esch, Derek McInnes’ Dons will be facing a team who have batted above their under-dog tag in recent seasons.
Last season, CS Fola Esch held Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 away from home in the Champions League second qualifying round.
Fola had lost the first leg 3-1 at home.
The previous season the Luxembourg outfit had served notice of their strength on the road in drawing 0-0 with Sweden’s IFK Gothenburg away.
That draw against the two- time UEFA Cup winners and 18-time Swedish top-flight champions came after a 2-0 defeat at home.
When the Luxembourg outfit open up and attack at their 3,900 capacity home Stade Émile Mayrisch, they appear to be vulnerable. But on the road, when they set out to defend, they are very difficult to break down.
Last season Dinamo Zagreb would go on to reach the group stages, progressing past Norway’s Molde on away goals and Albania’s KF Skenderbeu Korçe 6-1 in the play-off stages.
Dinamo Zagreb beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Stadion Maksimir in the Group F opener which puts CS Fola Esch’s draw there into perspective for the Reds.
Aberdeen will host the Luxembourg club on Thursday, June 30, before travelling to the Stade Émile Mayrisch in the south-west of Luxembourg a week later.
CS Fola Esch are managed by Jeff Strasser who racked up 98 international caps for Luxembourg.