Hamilton boss Canning confident of giving Aberdeen a real match


Hamilton Academical player manager Martin Canning has spoke of how he won’t be afraid to attack Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Aberdeen in their clash at Pittodrie and is going into the match looking for a win.

Getting anything off this Dons side has been a tough task for anyone so far with even Celtic falling to get take a solitary point off Derek McInnes’ in-form team.

Six straight victories means Aberdeen have made their best start to a season in their history, but their next opponents don’t care too much for that record.

“Obviously they’ll be flying just now as well, having beaten Celtic, so it will be a difficult task,” he told Accies’ official website.

“But we’ll prepare as we always do and we’ll go up and try to win the match as we always do.”

Ladbrokes’ latest match odds suggest that could be a big ask for the New Douglas Park outfit, with the sponsors making them 15/2 shots to cause an upset.

Even a draw looks unlikely priced at 7/2 while the hosts are the well-fancied 2/5 jollies.

One thing we can expect to see on the east coast on Tuesday night though is goals.

The league leaders have scored two or more goals in five of their six Premiership fixtures last season, and put three past Hamilton in both of their last meetings.

Striker Adam Rooney has carried on where he left off last season, when he top scored in the division, netting five goals so far this term.

The Irishman is 3/1 to open the scoring, but don’t expect the goals to be just confined to the hosts.

Accies themselves haven’t failed to score in five matches, bagging 10 goals in that period. They will need to be on their game to continue that run against a Dons side that have conceded just one league goal at Pittodrie since May.

Throw in that they haven’t scored in five visits to the ground and it could be expected to be a somewhat one-sided affair.

However, after a slow start Canning’s men seem to have found their feet this season, and while bagging the win he so desires may seem a long shot, they can be expected to bring an open game to the table toppers.

They will do plenty of attacking themselves, but leave gaps at the back in search of a goal and Rooney and Co will surely punish them.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.