In-form Aberdeen are on the march in the race for second place in the Premiership and the Dons’ run of six league wins in seven has the bookies running scared. As a result Derek McInnes’s boys are now Stan James’s 11/8 favourites in the title betting without leaders Celtic and they look set to force another cut in those odds today by racking up yet another victory in today’s Highlands derby showdown with Inverness.
Ladbrokes rate Aberdeen at 6/4 to pouch a valuable three points at the Caledonian Stadium, where the hosts are 19/10 via BetVictor to bounce back from consecutive defeats and it’s a potentially popular 5/2 (Stan James) to finish all square for the third time in four renewals.
Bookies already report cash for a goalless affair (9/1, bet365) but Caley Thistle have suffered a slight dip in form, suffering back-to-back defeats – including a 4-0 mauling in their last home match – and with the Dons flying at present, an away success is hard to oppose.
Nevertheless, a tight encounter seems inevitable and so a strong case can be made for Skybet’s 3/1, marked against McInnes’s men nicking it by a one-goal margin and it might be worth a speculative flutter on the visitors at 5/1 (William Hill) to plunder the spoils despite going in on level terms at the break.
Punters really wanting to replenish the Christmas coffers however, could do worse than throw a few quid at Adam Rooney in the first scorer betting. The Dons front man has struck five times in as many Premiership outings and is also responsible for spot-kicks so he’s overpriced at 11/2 with Paddy Power to delight the travelling contingent by firing his side into a 1-0 lead.