The Sky Sports 1 cameras come to rest upon Aberdeen and Partick Thistle as an area of footballing low pressure sweeps in before the Champions League games and the match offers punters a chance to both sate their thirst for the beautiful game and charge their accounts ahead of the mid-week fixtures by backing the Dons to win to nil at 8/5.
Thistle are 15/4 to pinch all the points at Pittodrie, while the hosts are 67/100 for victory and the draw rates a 5/2 shot.
The Dons have kept clean sheets in eight of their last ten games.
After successive defeats to Celtic and Hearts, Derek McInnes’ men have reacted with a prolonged period of parsimony, shipping just twice during the subsequent ten fixtures.
A stingy rearguard is becoming a feature of the Aberdeen modus operandi and previous boss Craig Brown had overseen the majority of a campaign in which they boasted the second-best defence in the league in 2012/13 even before his successor’s arrival.
Thistle have posted a solitary win in their last seven outings across all competitions.
Alan Archibald’s men have been distinctly wobbly of late and have actually posted just two normal-time victories in their last ten matches.
They’ll dice with foes that have taken the laurels in six of their last eight games.
The inability to keep a clean sheet has been a recurring theme and they last denied their adversaries a goal on the season’s opening day, some 13 matches ago.
Aberdeen handed the Jags one of their most convincing defeats of the campaign at Firhill Park.
Partick have been frail at set-pieces for much of the campaign and former Burton Albion big man Calvin Zola punished them from the post-corner breakdown to put the Dons on their way to a 3-0 away victory last time these sides met.
McInnes’ side dominated midfield on that occasion, starving their rivals of scoring opportunities and they will have every confidence of doing so once more against a side whose defence have failed to adapt with aplomb to the rigours of top-flight existence following their promotion.