DUNDEE UNITED V AEK ATHENS - Europa League play-off, first leg Venue: Tannadice Date: Thursday, 19 August Kick-off: 2000 BST Coverage: Commentary via BBC Sport website, live text also available and updates on BBC Radio Scotland
Houston wary of AEK forwards
Peter Houston has backed Dundee United to cope with the Europa League visit of AEK Athens - because his players proved their nerve at Hampden in May.
"It's been the same as any preparation for a massive game and the Scottish Cup was a massive game for us to try and win," said the Tannadice manager.
"This is my first European match as a manager - the whole road leading into it is very different from the SPL.
"You know the SPL players inside out, whereas here they are not so familiar."
Houston, who has had a taste of Europe while coaching at Hearts, has been unable to see his opponents in the flesh because the Greek season is yet to start.
However, he has enlisted help from Rangers and Blackburn, who were up against AEK in recent friendlies in Australia.
"This is a whole new challenge and as our players won't know the AEK Athens boys we have had to build up a dossier," revealed Houston.
"Stevie Kean at Blackburn has been a great help and so has Kenny McDowall at Rangers.
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