Lets be honest. I half expected to be writing this Dundee United v Aberdeen betting preview on the back of a bit of a beating for The Dons.
Instead they will come back from Kazakhstan with an another excellent performance in the bag and another very decent result.
Losing 2-1 to Kairat Almaty is as good as a 0-0 draw in my opinion with Kenny McLean’s away goal having the potential to be a match winner.
Derek McInnes came back from England with his tail between his legs after failing to maximise his opportunities with Bristol City.
It was brave of Aberdeen to put their faith in him but it has paid off handsomely with trophies in the bag and people across the continent taking note of the boys from The Granite City.
So why would I be considering opposing this side who have humbled excellent European sides and are clearly the best of the rest in the Scottish Premiership?
Dundee United v Aberdeen Betting Preview.
The price alone on the home side for this match seems worthy of a bet. Dundee United are available at 3.9(29/10) with Boylesports so at barely a kick in the backside off 3/1 that’s impossible to ignore.
Sure Dundee United lost yet another star player to Celtic in the close season. Sure their pre-season friendly results leave a little to be desired, although in fairness they took on quality opposition.
Sure their new signings have plenty to prove too even though the likes of Darko Bodul and Dave Sneidjer have plenty of appeal.
But there are negatives toward Aberdeen too. That is one heck of a trip they have just undertaken. As I write this, on Friday morning, I genuinely ask, are they home yet? Seriously, are they?
They will be ever so slightly jet lagged after that trip and surely their main focus now will be on the return leg.
No matter how much players will try and focus on the job at hand, the tantalising prize of the next round will always be on their minds and Derek McInnes would be failing in his duty to his players, fans and club if he wasn’t preparing for it.
Also, these teams met in the first game of the season last year at Aberdeen’s home ground of Pittodrie and everyone expected them to carry through their excellent Euro performances.
United subsequently trounced them 0-3. It’s a different United side of course but they’re also at home and Aberdeen have plenty on their minds.
An outright home win could be optimistic (although I maintain it’s overpriced) but with a price of 2.75(7/4) available with Draw No Bet insurance with Paddy Power and William Hill that’s very much worth a pop.
Dundee United v Aberdeen betting preview recommended betting tips.
Dundee United Draw No Bet @ 2.75 with Paddy Power