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Vicente Calderon (ATT 30,000) 29th November 2007 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: I Bebek

A Madrid Atletico Madrid vs Aberdeen Aberdeen

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Thursday's Group B game promises goals

By Steve Pass.   Last Updated: 29/11/07 1:01pm

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Mackie: Ruled out

Mackie: Ruled out

Aberdeen travel to Atletico Madrid for Thursday's Uefa Cup game desperate for points to help them progress out of Group B into the knock-out stages.

Predicted Score: Atletico 3 Aberdeen 2 SKY BET ODDS: Atletico 1/5 Draw 9/2 Aberdeen 17/2 Bet on Thursday's match

A 3-0 opening game reverse away to Greek side Panathinaikos, followed by a 1-1 home draw with Lokomotiv Moscow, has left the Scottish side in fourth place in the group with just one point.

This is the same points tally as Atletico, who have a game in hand over the Dons after their 3-3 draw away to Lokomotiv Moscow in their only group match so far.

Goals

It seems odds-on that there will be goals, goals, goals in the Vicente Calderon on Thursday.

The Spanish side's last three home games have seen a 4-3 score line - two in Atletico's favour, one against.

And while Atletico have been leaking the goals recently, so have the Dons.

Their last two games, both away, saw a 4-1 reverse to Hearts followed by a 3-0 defeat at Celtic in the SPL.

In his final press conference before the match, Dons manager Jimmy Calderwood confirmed that striker Darren Mackie and defender Lee Mair are out while strikers Steve Lovell and Jonathon Smith failed to travel.

Also doubtful for the game are defender Zander Diamond and striker Chris Clark, although both trained on Wednesday.

Strongest

Looking forward to the game, Calderwood said: "Atletico Madrid are definitely the strongest team in this group. We did very well to put out Dnipro and this is a level above that.

"We need something like that kind of performance to take anything from this match. We have a lot of fans over here so we will have good support in the stadium and in the end it is eleven versus eleven.

"It's a chance for us to create a wee bit of history and if we were to get a result it would be up there with some of the best results this great club has had in Europe."

Diego Forlan and Luis Garcia are set to start for Atletico in place of top scorers Sergio Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez, who are expected to drop to the bench.

Left-back Antonio Lopez and midfielder Thiago Motta are also expected to come into the starting line-up, but midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado is definitely out with a groin strain.

Cesar Ortiz has been called up to provide cover at right-back, while goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has been chosen ahead of regular No.1 Leo Franco for European games.

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Matches

  • Europa League

    Thu 29th Nov - Group A
    Thu 29th Nov - Group C
    • Elfsborg
      1 - 3
      Mlada Boleslav
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    • AEK Athens
      1 - 1
      Fiorentina
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    Thu 29th Nov - Group E
    • Sp Prague
      0 - 0
      Spartak Mos
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    • FC Zurich
      2 - 0
      Toulouse
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    Thu 29th Nov - Group B
    • Lokomotiv
      0 - 1
      FC Cop'hagen
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    • A Madrid
      2 - 0
      Aberdeen
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    Thu 29th Nov - Group D
    Thu 29th Nov - Group H
    • Panionios
      0 - 3
      Galatasaray
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    • Helsingborgs
      3 - 0
      Austria Vienna
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    Thu 29th Nov - Group G
    • Tottenham
      3 - 2
      Aalborg
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    • Getafe
      1 - 2
      Hap Tel-Aviv
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    Thu 29th Nov - Group F
    • Bolton
      1 - 1
      Aris Salonika
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    • Braga
      1 - 1
      Bay Munich
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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Apollon Limassol 0 0
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 0 0
3 FC Zurich 0 0
4 Villarreal 0 0

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Club Brugge 0 0
2 FC Copenhagen 0 0
3 HJK Helsinki 0 0
4 Torino 0 0

Europa League Group C

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Asteras Tripoli 0 0
2 Besiktas 0 0
3 Partizan Belgrade 0 0
4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 0 0
2 Dinamo Zagreb 0 0
3 FC Astra Ploiesti 0 0
4 Red Bull Salzburg 0 0

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 0 0
2 Estoril 0 0
3 PSV Eindhoven 0 0
4 Panathinaikos 0 0

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dnipro 0 0
2 Karabakh-Azersun 0 0
3 Inter Milan 0 0
4 St Etienne 0 0

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Feyenoord 0 0
2 Rijeka 0 0
3 Sevilla 0 0
4 Standard Liege 0 0

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 0 0
2 Krasnodar 0 0
3 Lille 0 0
4 Wolfsburg 0 0

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Napoli 0 0
2 SK Slovan Bratislava 0 0
3 Sparta Prague 0 0
4 BSC Young Boys Bern 0 0

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Aalborg BK 0 0
2 Dynamo Kiev 0 0
3 Rio Ave 0 0
4 FC Steaua Bucuresti 0 0

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dinamo Minsk 0 0
2 Fiorentina 0 0
3 Guingamp 0 0
4 PAOK Salonika 0 0

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Metalist Kharkiv 0 0
2 Legia Warsaw 0 0
3 Lokeren SNW 0 0
4 Trabzonspor 0 0

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