The Simple Digital Arena will host a meeting between St. Mirren and Aberdeen on Sunday, with kick off set for 3pm. Aberdeen have had the better of the results in games played between the pair recently, as this week’s hosts haven’t beaten their opponents since 2012 where they were winners via a penalty shoot-out. When they faced off in February neither side could break the deadlock once Sam Cosgrove netted an equalizer.
St. Mirren’s first competitive outing of 2019/20 was at home to Dunfermline Athletic in the League Cup where they were beaten by three goals to two. Following that was a solid win over Edinburgh City three days later through a strike from Oan Djorkaeff two minutes before the final whistle. St. Mirren were again subjected to a loss, this time on penalties, after a goalless stalemate towards the end of July, while another penalty shoot-out went their way a few days afterwards against Albion Rovers. Their Premiership campaign got off to a bad start though, with Scott Allan putting them to the sword as Hibernian took all three points.
Aberdeen initially knocked RoPS out of the Europa League at the first stage of qualifying as the aggregate scoreline read 2-4 in their favour at the end of the two legged affair, while their next opponents Chikhura couldn’t keep them out once the two met in Scotland for the second half of the tie, leading to the hosts winning by five goals to nil. Upon the visit of Hearts last time out, Aberdeen scored three times, two of which were bagged by Cosgrove. Their visitors took the lead through Steven Naismith and Jamie Walker, but Ryan Hedges made sure that all the points would go the way of his team.
Cody Cooke is going to continue his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury until early April 2020, so he’ll obviously be unavailable here. With no goals in their league opener, St. Mirren will be desperate to create some real opportunities on Sunday with new signing Tony Andreu tasked with the job of controlling midfield having joined from League One side Coventry City during the summer. Daniel Mullen will be looking to get on the end of chances, while Jonathan Obika will also be anxious to start the goal-scoring this week.
Aberdeen have quite the injury list ahead of their second league matchup this season. Stephen Gleeson, Michael Devlin, Daniel Rogers, Curtis Main and Connor McLennan are doubts due to their injury problems, while Ashton Taylor will remain on the side-lines for the next few weeks with a hamstring issue. Two of those absentees, Main and Taylor, moved to the club over the summer from Motherwell and Northampton Town respectively, so they’ll be desperate to get their careers underway soon at their new club.
Sam Cosgrove has been in sensational form in front of goal as of late, bagging five times in the matches versus Chikhura and Hearts over the last number of weeks. The attacker is @ 2.40 to score anytime this Sunday and we can certainly see him continuing this great run, so that’s our first tip for this one. Aberdeen are the favourites as they’ve been preparing much better than their upcoming opponents in terms of performances, with St. Mirren finding it very difficult to put chances away. For this reason, our second tip is Aberdeen to win and BTTS “No” @ 2.75. St. Mirren hadn’t scored in any of their three matches, including the season opener, between the end of July and the start of August.