Aberdeen had a season to remember last season, heading the division at one point before succumbing to the all-encompassing power of Celtic. Nevertheless, a second-place finish, their best since 1994, represented an excellent campaign.
The Dons travel to Dundee first this campaign to take on a United side that have had a truly disastrous pre-season, losing all six of their warm-up games and finding the net just twice.
It’s always folly to read into these matches too much, but no victories and a terrible time in front of goal will do nothing for confidence at Tannadice.
The Tangerines did enjoy two home wins against their opponents here last season and only champions Celtic won more games on their own patch than United, making their 11/4 price to secure three points a potentially attractive one.
However, the Pittodrie side were impressive on their travels in 2014/15, taking maximum points on 11 occasions, second again to the Bhoys.
Pre-season preparations have gone well, with no defeats and with competitive football in the Europa League under their belt, 1/1 looks a healthy price for an away success.
Adam Rooney was the league’s star striker in the previous campaign and he scored three of his 18 goals against Jackie McNamara’s men. It’s 12/5 about him grabbing a goal and the Dons taking the win, which should see ears pricked.
The home side’s struggles to find the back of the net in the build-up should be a real worry for supporters and management alike. The loss of top scorer Nadir Ciftci has obviously not helped and with replacement Darko Bodul not exactly prolific, times could be hard on the attacking front.
Aberdeen kept 19 clean sheets in the Premiership last season, pair that with a blunt looking Terrors front line and Derek McInnes’ men to win to nil at 11/5 makes sense.
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