Hibernian-Aberdeen Betting Preview: Dons can hold Hibees to dour draw

Derek McInnes takes charge of Aberdeen for the first time on Monday and Willie Duncan is expecting the Dons to keep things tight against Pat Fenlon's out-of-sorts side
Scottish Cup finalists Hibernian will look to improve on their league form when they welcome Aberdeen to Easter Road on Monday night.

The Hibees came from 3-0 down to secure a dramatic 4-3 extra time victory over First Division Falkirk in the Scottish Cup semi-finals last weekend and manager Pat Fenlon will be hoping the victory over the Bairns will act as a catalyst for his side with five league matches remaining.

Hibs are chalked up at 9/5 (2.80) with William Hill to record what would be only their second league victory since the turn of the year.

Aberdeen, under the stewardship of new boss Derek McInnes for the first time, are rated as William Hill’s 13/8 (2.63) favourites to get the former Bristol City manager’s tenure off to a winning start at Easter Road.

The draw is available at 21/10 (3.10) with the same firm.

Two of the Scottish Premier League’s most consistent strikers go head-to-head on Monday night and punters will be attracted to William Hill’s special “headline offers” surrounding Hibernian’s Leigh Griffiths and Niall McGinn of Aberdeen.

William Hill go 3/1 (4.0) that Griffiths, who has scored 20 league goals for the Hibees this term, nets at any time in a home win while the same firm go 9/2 (5.50) that McGinn, who has bagged 18 league goals for the Dons, scores at any time in a victory for the Dons.

However, the last four meetings between the sides in Edinburgh has produced just two goals with both sides having enjoyed a 1-0 victory while there has also been two 0-0 draws so it comes as little surprise that William Hill go just 7/10 (1.70) that fewer than three goals are scored on Monday night.

It is worth noting that only one of Aberdeen’s last nine fixtures has produced more than two goals while Hibs have scored just two goals in their last four league matches and another dour encounter between the sides is likely here.

With that in mind, the 7/10 (1.70) quote from William Hill that fewer than three goals are scored looks to represent outstanding value and should be snapped up by punters while the 15/4 (4.75) available from the same firm for the match to be drawn at both half-time and full-time is the value play.

Under 2.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70) with William Hill
Draw at half time and full time at 15/4 (4.75) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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