St Johnstone could end Aberdeen’s title hopes at McDiarmid Park

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Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen side head to Perth tonight in a crucial Ladbrokes Premiership clash. The visitors are looking to maintain their dreams of a first Scottish title since1985, but face a tough St Johnstone side who have had the upper hand in this fixture recently.

The Dons have only won one of their last five competitive meetings against Perth Saints, with the Tayside club recording a sensational 5-1 victory at Pittodrie in October – the first time Aberdeen had shipped five goals at home since 2009.

However, this season the Reds have generally looked imperious on their home patch. Their problems have primarily come on the road, with seven league defeats away from home, and they head into this clash on the back of away losses at Motherwell and Hearts.

The Dons led in both games, but threw away their leads, meaning that St Johnstone to come from behind and win could prove popular at 20/1.

Tonight’s hosts have not been on scintillating form of late, but with their defensive record at McDiarmid Park a strong one, this could prove a frustrating night for Aberdeen’s frontline.

Boasting a squad filled with wily, experienced players like John Sutton, Murray Davidson and David Wotherspoon, the solid Saints are likely to find success on the counter-attack, with Aberdeen needing to play an attacking game. Realistically, it is ‘win or bust’ for the Dons’ title hopes here.

Considering their head-to-head record and Aberdeen’s unhappy travels, the best value appears to lie with a St Johnstone win at 3/1. The visitors are 17/20, with a draw priced at 5/2.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.