Date: 26th December 2008 at 9:11pm
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Aberdeen host Hearts this weekend in what could be a crucial game in the hunt for Europe. A win would see the Dons close to within a point of the Gorgie outfit, while defeat would leave them with another mountain to climb.

Vital Quotes:

Scott Severin spoke to redweb:
“We all know how big a game it is on Saturday. It will be close to a full house with many excited fans returning over Christmas which will be great for the players.”
Jimmy Calderwood spoke of his hopes for another clean sheet:
“We were giving away really stupid goals at the start of the season, but we have started to pick up quite a few clean sheets lately. Hopefully we can get another one on Saturday against Hearts”

Aberdeen Team News:

Long term injuries Tommy Wright and Stuart Duff will miss out but Jamie Smith may be fit enough to take a place on the bench after returning to training this week.

Player to watch: Scott Severin

The Aberdeen skipper returns to play the Tynecastle Club, where he played for 7 years. A recent return to form and the fact he is allowed to talk to other clubs in less than a week make him a player to watch. A battle with Christian Nade is guaranteed

Hearts Team News:

Hearts have injury doubts in the form of Andy Driver, Bruno Aguiar and Ruben Palazuelos. While David Obua, Juho Makela and Mike Tallberg are definitely out.

Player to watch: Laryea Kingston

rumour has it he is leaving in January with Bolton and Portsmouth interested. His performance will be watched and noted.

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