Yesterday marked 25 years since Sir Alex Ferguson left Aberdeen to join Manchester United, with the two clubs linked by one great manager but poles apart otherwise.
It must be bitter-sweet for the Dandies remembering fondly the halcyon era of Fergie at Pittodrie, which saw them win three league titles, four Scottish Cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup, but reconciling the fact that it will probably never be repeated.
That is all history now; reality is an evening trip to St Johnstone, as the Dons look for their first SPL away win of the season. They’re priced at 2/1 to claim it at McDiarmid Park, with St Johnstone available at 27/20 and the draw 21/20.
Aberdeen are languishing second from bottom of the table and five defeats from six with a solitary goal scored on the road is relegation form. The 33/20 for them offered not to score looks highly tempting.
Conversely, St Johnstone have been struggling to find the net at home with just seven goals in the six games they have played so far in front of their own fans.
It is safe to say we are not necessarily expecting a goal-fest tonight in Perth and therefore it is well worth considering a small bet on under 1.5 goals at 9/5, a price which looks like offering some genuine value.
St Johnstone will, of course, have a new manager in the dugout tonight after the appointment of Steve Lomas.
Anyone who has ever met and spoken to the former Northern Ireland midfielder will attest to the fact that he is an astute and intelligent reader of the game.
The players will no doubt be desperate to impress the new man in charge so a narrow St Johnstone win looks more than likely.
To that end, the unmissable price of 7/2 is offered on a home win plus less than 2.5 goals scored in the game.
Given Aberdeen’s away form and both sides’ lack of goals, it looks like it might just be the banker of the week. And it is only Monday!
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