Before the big kick-off in August, Aberdeen were widely tipped to be the team that would be crowned ‘the best of the rest’ by clinching second spot behind Celtic but a shaky start to the campaign that saw them lose three of their opening five matches ensured the Dons were well off the pace.
Fast forward two months and Derek McInnes’s boys have carded five wins in eight Premiership outings to move right back into contention and subsequently, before yesterday’s games they were Skybet’s 13/8 favourites in the title betting without the Hoops.
Nevertheless, the Jags are unlikely to just roll over. Indeed, they’ve looked reasonably solid of late, losing just one of their previous five in the league and that defeat came via a late Dundee United penalty at Tannadice. Alan Archibald’s troops can keep it close then and Stan James’s 11/4 for the Dons to nick the Maryhill scrap by a one-goal margin is where the value lies this afternoon.
As Partick have only failed to find the net once on their own patch, it looks likely that both teams will score (4/5, bet365) so a case can be made for a 2-1 away success at 8/1 courtesy of Paddy Power.
In terms of goals meanwhile, both teams tend to share them around but Adam Rooney struck for McInnes’s men against Celtic last time out, to take his tally to seven in his last ten across all competitions and he gets the first scorer nod at odds of 11/2 via BetVictor.
Aberdeen to beat Partick by a one-goal margin – 11/4 (Stan James)