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This hasn’t been a great season for Hamilton Academical and some decent results for relegation rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle have left the Accies floundering at the foot of the Scottish Premiership table. Where do they go from here?
The answer is nowhere, at least not this weekend. Hamilton are in a very precarious position and whilst the bottom half of the Scottish Premiership table remains very tight, the Accies will have their work cut out over the next few weeks and we don’t anticipate much improvement in their predicament any time soon.
Martin Canning’s side face some tough games with upcoming league fixtures against the likes of Heart of Midlothian and Rangers as well as a Scottish Cup outing to Ibrox this weekend. First of all they face high-flying Aberdeen at New Douglas Park and neither us nor the bookmakers fancy the hosts’ chances too much.
Aberdeen have firmly secured for themselves the title of ‘best of the rest’ and whilst they are never going to close a 24-point gap on league leaders Celtic, they nevertheless enjoy a lead of some nine points on third-placed Rangers and we feel it safe to assume that they will extend this lead further on Tuesday evening.
The Dons have won all-but-one of their last eleven outings in all competitions, their sole defeat coming at the start of February in which they went down 1-0 to Celtic at Parkhead. Since then they have banged in thirteen goals in their subsequent five games including a 7-2 demolition of Motherwell and it is hardly a surprise that the bookies go 8/13 odds-on for a Dons victory this week.
Whilst this price should almost certainly provide the punter with a winning return, we’ll be going instead for Aberdeen to win-to-nil. The Dons have managed six clean-sheets from their last eight victories while Hamilton have failed to find the net in their last two outings. The Dons defence has proven itself to be extremely solid both at home and away, therefore we don’t except it to be too troubled at New Douglas Park on Tuesday evening.