Not used to fighting their way out of the relegation zone, early strugglers Hibernian and Aberdeen go head-to-head with both sides desperate for three points to get their seasons up and running.
In terms of location, this isn’t a derby, but a fierce rivalry between the two
clubs stretches back to the mid-1970s, when the Dons displaced Hibs as the
then third biggest club in Scotland behind the dominant Old Firm and, more
often than not, there is plenty of needle when they enter the field of play together.
So much so that there have been 65 goals scored in the last 21 meetings
between these two sides, which spans over five domestic seasons, and the
lion’s share of them have been netted at Easter Road – Sunday’s venue for
their first meeting of the 2011-12 season.
That’s an average of over three goals per game and, with under-pressure
managers Colin Calderwood and Craig Brown expected to go all guns blazing
to secure respective second league wins of the campaign, expect this trend to continue.
So far this season, games in all competitions involving Hibs have contained an
average of exactly three goals, but Aberdeen have struggled to find the net, scoring just three themselves in their seven competitive outings.
Brown made an audacious attempt to lure Scotland international James
McFadden to Pittodrie in the dying stages of the summer transfer window, but
was forced to settle for unknown Algerian forward Mohamed Chalali, whom
the former national team boss insists is “ready to explode on to the scene”.
All signs point to positive play, and bwin offers a tempting 17/5 for exactly
three goals to be scored. Generous odds they may be, but that’s a tough bet
to match. Another likely outcome is both teams to score, but at 91/100, the
wiser option is to back the same outcome but limited to the first half.
And with odds of 15/4 for both sides to be off the mark by the break, you can
take advantage of potential defensive frailties complementing eager frontlines
at Easter Road this weekend.
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