Craig Brown takes his Aberdeen team to Tynecastle on Saturday looking to avenge the 5-0 defeat inflicted by Hearts in his first game in charge last season, but the signs are not good for the SPL’s oldest boss.
Aberdeen travel to Gorgie without a win or even a goal to their name in the SPL this season, and much of the focus on Saturday will be on their shot-shy forward line.
Former Blackburn youngster Maceo Rigters has been brought in on trial as Brown tries to perk up his impotent strike force, but he will not be available to face the Jambos on Saturday. That means that Darren Mackie and Scott Vernon will lead the line again for Aberdeen.
If you fancy the Dons to finally notch their first goal of the new campaign tomorrow, bwin.com is offering odds of 6/5 on this eventuality.
However, Mackie managed just one goal in 11 appearances last term and has shown few signs of life in the Dons’ first three fixtures this season. Vernon top-scored for the Dons last year with nine SPL goals but has fired blanks so far in 2011-12.
Add to that the fact that Aberdeen failed to score against Hearts in any of their three SPL meetings last term, and punters are unlikely to be rushing to back a Dons win at 17/5.
Instead, the sensible money might be on Hearts to win without Aberdeen scoring. At odds of 9/5, staking your £25 free bet for joining bwin.com on this outcome could net you a return of £70.
With goal-scoring proving to be a problem for Aberdeen, their best hope of leaving Tynecastle with something might be preventing Hearts from scoring at all, and a 0-0 draw is priced at 29/4.
Hearts’ start to the SPL has not been much better than Aberdeen’s, having secured just a point from their opening three games, although that was in impressively holding Rangers at Ibrox.
New manager Paulo Sergio will be hoping to make a quick impact and five goals over two legs against Paksi in the Europa League proves that there are goals in the team.
Indeed, midfielder Rudi Skacel’s haul of 13 SPL goals last season was three more than Mackie and Vernon managed between them.
Hearts can be backed to win at 7/10, while the draw is available at 12/5. Football betting fans looking for something more adventurous can have a flutter on Hearts to repeat last December’s 5-0 win over Aberdeen at 20/1.
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