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Derek McInnes' men will be hoping to reduce the deficit to the Bhoys but our Scottish tipster expects very few goals

With Celtic not in action this weekend, second-placed Aberdeen have the chance to close the gap on the leaders when they play host to in-form Hibernian at Pittodrie on Friday night.

The Dons have won six of their last seven league matches and are chalked up as warm favourites to enjoy another victory here, with Paddy Power offering just 3/4 (1.75) on Derek McInnes’ men collecting all three points.

Hibs, though, travel north having lost just one of the nine fixtures that they have played since former England captain Terry Butcher took charge of the Easter Road club following the departure of Pat Fenlon in November.

The Hibees are available at a chunky 15/4 (4.75) with Paddy Power to beat the Dons, while the same firm go 5/2 (3.50) that the match ends in stalemate.

It is worth noting that nine of the last 13 meetings between these sides has featured fewer than three goals with no more than two goals having been notched in each of the last five fixtures between the clubs.

Furthermore, it should be noted that only bottom-of-the-table Heart of Midlothian and struggling Partick Thistle have managed fewer league goals than Hibs thus far this term, but only Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Celtic have conceded fewer goals than the Hibees in the top flight this season.

Indeed, Hibs have managed five clean sheets in nine matches under Butcher’s stewardship, while Derek McInnes’ men have not conceded in seven of their last nine matches on home turf in all competitions.

With that in mind, it is perhaps unsurprising that Paddy Power offer just 8/11 (1.73) that fewer than three goals are scored at Pittodrie but it does, nevertheless, appear to be a solid selection.

Eight of the last 11 meetings between the sides in all competitions has seen at least one side draw a blank and, therefore, the 10/11 (1.91) quote from Paddy Power for either side not to score is the recommended play for punters ahead of Friday night’s clash.

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