It’s 14 years since Aberdeen last participated in a cup final and 19 since they actually lifted a trophy but enjoying a brilliant season under Derek McInnes, the Dons look set to end their long wait for a pot by seeing off rivals Inverness in the League Cup final.
Paddy Power price Pittodrie outfit at 11/10 to come out on top in normal time at Celtic Park, where Caley Thistle are bet365’s 14/5 outsiders and although Stan James’s 5/2 about it going to extra time will attract cash, the respective form of the two teams coming into the showdown, suggests the bookies have got it spot on.
The goals have dried up for John Hughes’s boys in the last three, two of which saw them hammered 5-0 and the Inverness would readily admit that isn’t the ideal preparation for this occasion. By contrast the buoyant Dons have won six of their last seven in all competitions, taking out Celtic twice in that sequence so they simply can’t be opposed here.
Betway make McInnes’s charges a generous 9/4 to delight their 40,000-strong support by defeating goal-shy Thistle ‘to nil’ and they’re 7/1 via BetVictor to card a third consecutive 1-0 triumph. Alternatively, in what should be a tight affair given the occasion, a few quid on Ladbrokes’s 14/5 for Aberdeen to emerge victorious by a one-goal margin has to be fancied.
In attack Adam Rooney’s transition from League One south of the border to the Premiership has been smooth to say the least. In the eight matches since he arrived from Oldham in January, the Dons front man has helped himself to six goals and Skybet chalk him up at an enticing 11/2 to break the deadlock. He’s a cracking 13/8 (BetVictor) meanwhile, to net at any point.