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Scottish Premier League: Hearts vs Aberdeen preview

Kick-off: Friday, 8 April @19:45 GMT

Venue: Tynecastle Stadium (Edinburgh)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Hearts vs Aberdeen 1-0 (2015/2016 Scottish Cup)
Aberdeen vs Hearts 1-0 (2015/2016 Scottish Premier League)
Hearts vs Aberdeen 1-3 (2015/2016 Scottish Premier League)
Hearts vs Aberdeen 1-1 (2014/2015 Scottish Premier League)
Aberdeen vs Hearts 1-3 (2014/2015 Scottish Premier League)

Hearts vs Aberdeen prediction

Friday’s match at Tynecastle Stadium pits together two top-tables sides Aberdeen and Hearts. The Dons aim to stay in the race for the domestic trophy with a win over the Maroons, but the visitors will have to prove their worth on the field.

Back-to-back defeats

Following a 3-0 loss to St. Johnstone at their Tynecastle Stadium, Hearts suffered a 3-1 loss to Celtic in Glasgow on Matchday 32. However, despite suffering the back-to-back defeats in the Scottish Premier League the Maroons remained in third place in the standings. Robbie Neilson’s men take on Aberdeen in the opening match of day 33 and they will not have better chance than this to melt Aberdeen’s advantage in the standings. Hearts are a real force to be reckoned with at home and the fact that they recorded six wins in last eight home games in all competitions is giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Aberdeen. Talented midfielder Jamie Walker has been producing thrilling displays in 2016 and all eyes will be on the former Raith Rovers man when the two sides take on each other at Tynevastle Stadium on Friday.

The likes of Callum Paterson and Don Cowie are both doubtful and the duo will be assessed on the match day. You should have in mind that 17 players were affected by gastroenteritis at the weekend, causing the game against Inverness to be postponed.

Dons still believe

Aberdeen have been playing above expectations in the 2015/2016 Scottish Premier League campaign and, against all odds, they are sitting in second place in the standings ahead of Matchday 33, just five points behind league leaders Celtic. The Dons head into Friday’s clash against Hearts following a 3-0 win over Hamilton and, no doubt, the title-chasing side will go for a win in the upcoming league fixture. January signing Simon Church scored in the triumph over Hamilton and seeing that top scorer Adam Rooney remains on the sidelines, the Wales attacker is widely expected to lead the attack for Derek McInnes’ troops against Hearts. Aberdeen are eyeing their 11th away win of the season, but the visitors will have to be at their sharpest if they are to pick up all three points from Friday’s league match.

Adam Rooney and Peter Pawlett are both out of contention with injury, while midfielder Barry Robson misses the match through suspension. Coach Derek McInnes has no other selection worries ahead of the match.

Quick Facts

  • Under 1.5 goals were scored in previous two meetings between the two teams
  • Hearts managed to keep four clean sheets in previous five home games in the league
  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in three of Hearts’ last four home fixtures
  • Over 2.5 goals were netted in each of Aberdeen’s last four league games
  • Aberdeen failed to keep a clean sheet in six of their last seven away fixtures

Hearts vs Aberdeen betting tip

Seeing that a virus swept through Hearts’ dressing room, I do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the Maroons this time out. Aberdeen aim to keep their hopes of winning the domestic title alive and given that the Dons impressed in the 3-0 win over Hamilton, away win should be considered in this one.

Tip: Aberdeen to win

Odds: 2.00 (1/1) @Unibet

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