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St Johnstone v Aberdeen: Dons to take advantage of schedule

| 05.02.2016

Cup commitments have decimated the Ladbrokes Premiership schedule this weekend but, with a chance to draw level with leaders Celtic, Aberdeen are not complaining.

The Dons cut the Bhoys lead to just three points with a 2-1 win at Pittodrie earlier this week and with St Johnstone v Aberdeen the only top flight game going ahead this weekend Ronny Deila’s men could just have goal difference separating them from their nearest rivals before the league resumes activity on February 13.

St Johnstone go into the game having failed to win any of their last seven games in all competitions, losing five of those outings, while the Dons are riding high on confidence, with their win over Celtic their third in succession.

In fact Derek McInnes’ men have lost just one of their last 12 games and with a 5-1 defeat against the Saints to avenge there is plenty of motivation for the visitors this weekend.

That six-goal thriller was something of an anomaly for this fixture though, and goals could well be at a premium at McDiarmid Park, with the previous six meetings all seeing under three goals.

With three of those games ending with a 1-0 scoreline and Aberdeen the even money favourites to take all three points the 6/1 that says the Dons take the spoils by that scoreline could certainly tempt.

And as for where that goal, or any others, will come from there is little point looking beyond the Dons’ star man Adam Rooney.

The 27-year-old Dubliner may trail Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths in the league scoring charts but there is no doubting he is the main man at Pittodrie with 16 goals in 32 games so far this season and two in his last three.

The former Inverness man can be backed at 23/20 to add to that tally at any time and 4/1 to open the scoring but with all the above in mind the 20/1 on Rooney scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win could prove the bet of the afternoon north of the border.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.