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Hibernian have enjoyed an unbeaten run to the start of the season, while Aberdeen look to be back in form after a Covid-19 related hiatus. Hibs managed to get a dramatic late win against St Johnstone last weekend and are just behind Rangers at the top of the Premiership. Aberdeen have just come off the back of a handsome 6-0 win over NSI Runavik in the Europa League. But Sunday’s game promises to deliver another bruising encounter between these Scottish heavyweights. Read our tips for the best way to make your predictions for this showdown.
Hibernian look like a team reborn ever since Jack Ross took over the head coach role just nine months ago. The Easter Road team are currently unbeaten and in with their best shot of playing European football for some time.
Ross has been instrumental in firming up the Hibs defence. The team have now enjoyed four clean sheets in a row, and no side has managed to score against Hibernian from open play this season. In addition, the arrival of Alex Gogic has deeply strengthened the Hibs midfield.
There remain some questions about how effective the pairing of Kevin Nisbet and Christian Doidge is up front. But Hibernian are looking like they could enjoy a great season.
Aberdeen will be fighting to shake off the scandal created when eight players broke Covid-19 quarantine rules. The Dons have not finished outside of the top four since 2013. But Derek McInnes’ team will have to work hard to overcome a stuttering start to the season.
Things didn’t start well with a badly tempered 0-1 home defeat by Rangers. But since they came back from a two-game hiatus, Aberdeen have managed to show a tenacity to get results when it counts.
Narrow wins against St Johnstone and Livingston will have boosted the morale on McInnes’ side. Any team boasting a solid defender like Andrew Considine will be tough to beat, but whether the Dons can beat an in-form Hibs remains to be seen.
Over the past 14 years, Aberdeen have had the upper hand of their games against Hibernian. The Dons have won 24 of 51 games against Hibs since 2006, compared to just 12 wins for the Easter Road team. There have been 15 draws in this period.
The most recent game was in March earlier this year. This saw the Dons coming from a goal down to win 3-1 at home. While Christian Doidge grabbed a goal in the first half, the sending off of Hibs’ Steven Whittaker saw Aberdeen taking control of the match and cruising to victory. Hibernian’s Adam Jackson scored an own goal just after half-time, before Andrew Considine and Curtis Main sealed the three points for the Dons.
However, prior to this, Hibs punished the Dons to a 3-0 Easter Road defeat in December 2019. This gave Jack Ross his third win in five games as the Hibernian head coach. The result was momentous as it marked the first time in seven attempts that Hibs had beaten Aberdeen. There were two goals from Martin Boyle and an excellent individual goal from Florian Kamberi to seal the Hibernian win.
These matches always seem to produce plenty of emotion. Not only did the last game produce a sending off, but the October 2019 Pittodrie clash saw Aberdeen finishing the game with just nine men. Both Curtis Main and Lewis Ferguson were sent off for the Dons in an ill-tempered 1-1 draw.
The good news is that these games always seem to produce goals. You have to go all the way back to February 2012 to find a goalless stalemate between Hibernian and Aberdeen. All of which means that we can expect to see plenty more fireworks on Sunday.
Hibernian have enjoyed a spectacular start to the season. Sunday’s game will be pivotal for their bid to play European football next year. The Dons will have everything to prove as they try and shake off the scandal surrounding the ‘Aberdeen eight’. As such, this could be one of the most important Premiership games of the early stages of both teams’ campaigns.
A win for Jack Ross’ team would take them 10 points clear of the Dons, so we can expect Hibs to come out all guns blazing. While we expect another solid performance from Hibs, we think that the Dons will provide very tricky opposition. Hibernian scraped through a narrow win again St Johnstone, and Sunday’s game will be anything but simple. Aberdeen have won their last three games in a row, and they will be keen to get a result against Hibs. As a result, we’re predicting a draw where both teams score. BetVictor currently have the best odds of 4.75 for this outcome.