Aberdeen have improved as the season has went on and are climbing up the lead. They have won four of their last six SPL games and find themselves in third just a point behind Celtic and three behind current leaders, Hibs. Craig Brown has been in charge for nearly two years but it’s taking time for him to stamp his authority on the club. He’s finally getting there, however, and having managed to implement a discipline and shape, he’s now turned his attention to making the Dons more of a threat going forward. That’s evidenced by the fact his team have scored 16 goals in their last seven league games. It’s a stark contrast to their early season form when they scored just four goals in their first six games.
Celtic relinquished top spot in the SPL after drawing with St Johnstone at home last Sunday. It was their third straight game without a win in the league which is in stark contrast to their European form as they are just a draw away from making the last 16 of the Champions League following their sensational 2-1 victory over Barcelona at Celtic Park. Neil Lennon does not seem overly concerned with his sides domestic fortunes but he will be wary of going four games without a win and will be well aware of how difficult Saturday’s match at Pittodrie will be.
There’s little doubt who will take many of the plaudits for Aberdeen’s recent form. Niall McGinn – formerly of Celtic – has scored seven goals in his last seven SPL matches. The Northern Irish winger has settled into life very well at his new club and will be determined to prove a point to the manager and club who released him over the summer.
It remains to be seen whether Lennon will opt to shuffle his pack ahead of the match against Benfica on Tuesday night. He’s had to do without several key players because of injury with the likes of Gary Hooper, James Forrest and Scott Brown missing games recently. Whichever side he picks it will be one set up to attack to try and win the match to go into the European match full of confidence.
Just two of Aberdeen’s last seven SPL matches have failed to beat the over two goals line. Certain bookmakers have priced this game up by reputation as opposed to form, believing that Aberdeen remain one of the more defensive sides in Scotland’s top division. There is definite value in backing the overs tomorrow.
Over 2.5 goals 10/11 @ Coral