Well, today we return to Pittodrie for today’s meeting with Hibs. Should we win, it will narrow the gap between us and Hibs to 3 points, and could narrow the gap between us and 3rd place to just 5. However, if Hibs win, it could put them into 3rd and leave us for dead in 6th. A draw will be no use to either of us.
Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood told the club website, ‘I’m looking for the lads to take it on from last week. We defended when we had to and we attacked when we could and probably created the better chances on the day. If we can do that at Celtic Park in front of a hostile crowd then we have nothing to fear at Pittodrie in front of our own fans.’
Meanwhile, former Don and current Hibs manager told his club website, ‘I don`t think they will be thinking of their summer holidays just yet! They have seasoned professionals in their squad. Every player I know plays for their own pride and nobody ever wants to get beat. It will not matter to them what is at stake in a game, regardless if it is of no direct importance to them they will want to win the match. As individuals they will wish to show everyone that they are good players, they want to play well for the sake of their own career and their pride.’
Aberdeen Team News:
Dutch fan favourite Karim Touzani will be fit again for selection along with boo-boy favourite Darren Mackie. However, Dan Smith and Jackie McNamara left the club in the past week and Sone Aluko joins the usual party of Byrne, Smith and Mair in the ‘out’ section.
Player to watch: Josh Walker
Surely he has to be given his chance now. Hardly anything to play for and he should be playing when we have absolutely everything to play for. A class act.
Hibernian Team News:
Aberdeen and most other top 6 teams will be delighted with the news that Merouane Zemmama will be out for a couple of months after breaking a part of his foot in training. Rob Jones returns for Hibs but Hogg, McCann and Brian Kerr are still out.
Player to watch: Dean Shiels
The one-eyed wonder usually scores against Aberdeen after coming off the bench. I would have said Zemmama after him being outstanding of late but as mentioned, he’s injured.
Match Facts & Stats
This season both home sides have won 3-1 excluding the first in which Aberdeen lead 3-1 at Easter Road but a late, late comeback from Hibs earned them a draw. The aggregate score this season is 7-7 so don’t expect a tight game. Keep that in mind when you visit the bookies.
Aberdeen v Dundee United – 3.5.08 – 3:00PM
Hibs v Rangers – 4.5.08 – 2:00PM