Foot Predictions shows the Scottish Premier League clash on Saturday between Aberdeen and Hamilton Academical, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Aberdeen to receive Hamilton Academical to Pittodrie on Saturday for what could be an important Scottish Premiership clash for both teams.
The Dons are almost clinging to fourth place, while the Accies are fighting a relegation fight, so both teams are desperate for points.
Gifts Manager Derek McInnes has been in a challenging mood after his team lost 1-0 to Celtic last weekend, the second time his team lost to Hoops in February.
Although third-placed Hibernian now has a four-point advantage over McInnes’ men, the Aberdeen coach said his team’s chances of finishing above Hibs are “very much alive”.
McInnes believes that the key part of the season will come after the split and that his team will be able to reshape Leith’s team then.
He certainly wasn’t upset by his team’s performance against the Celts, with the Dons looking a little better at Parkhead in the second half.
He acknowledged, however, that his players now need to be much sharper in front of the goal if they are to succeed the rest of the season.
The Gifts have won only twice in the last nine games, although performances have been better than the results suggest.
Recent history against the Accies gives reason for optimism this weekend – Aberdeen have won 12 of their last 13 games against Hamilton in all competitions.
Brian RiceHamilton’s team has been fighting for the past few weeks and has had some useful results in the last month.
A 1-1 home draw with Rangers on 7 February was followed by a 4-1 win at Motherwell, and the Accies have drawn two and lost one since.
Although still rooted at the bottom of the table, Hamilton is tied with 25 points with Kilmarnock, 11th place, with one game less, and one point behind Ross County, 10th place.
The arrival of the striker Bruce Anderson Aberdeen in January helped Accies look more accurate in attack, while the midfielder Ross Callachan, who scored with an impressive goal in the midweek draw with St Johnstone, also produced some impressive recent displays.
Captain Brian Easton pointed to the draw with Rangers as a sort of turnaround for the team, and they certainly won’t be bothering at Pittodrie on Saturday.
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Aberdeen will be without striker Fraser Hornby, which seems set for a few more weeks or more on the lateral line with the thigh injury.
Greg Leigh (hamstring) and Michael Devlin (ankle) are almost back in action, but they are unlikely to show up this weekend.
Ryan Hedges is out of season with a muscle injury.
For Hamilton, Brian Rice will not be able to call Shaun Want, who is out with a thigh injury. Marios Ogkmpoe he is also on his side because of an injury to the hamstring tendon.
David Templeton is out for the rest of the Accies season due to a groin injury.
A man who is sure to be part of the team is a versatile defender Hakeem Odoffin, who seems determined to extend his stay at the club in the summer, after impressing his coach this season.
Possible initial lineup of Aberdeen:
Lewis; Hoban, Taylor, Considine; McLennan, McCrorie, Ferguson, Campbell, Hayes; McGinn, Kamberi
Possible initial lineup of the Hamilton Academical:
Fulton; Odoffin, A Martin, Easton; Hodson, Callachan, Trafford, S. Martin, McMann; Moyo, Anderson
Probability: Aberdeen 1-1 Hamilton Academical
Aberdeen and Hamilton look set to equalize on Saturday at Pittodrie – a result that will delight the Accies much more than the home team.
The Dons look blunt in attack now and have a real problem winning games, and that pattern looks set to continue this weekend.
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