By Andrew Southwick:
This is turning into a very successful season for The Away End. If you have been following our tips from day one of the season, you will find yourselves in healthy profit from our Scottish football bets.
October alone has been an especially good month, and last week we bashed the bookies with a £10 treble on Ross County, St Johnstone and Partick Thistle which saw £78.43 come back our way.
This week, we're backing the two sides once known as the New Firm. Both sides faced each other at Tannadice last week in a typical tasty North-east derby, sharing the spoilts in a 1-1 draw. This week, Aberdeen take on the other side of Dundee when the blue half make the trip up the A90 to a currently snow covered Granite City.
The Dons are on a long unbeaten run, but rather than crow about it they are still raging at their only defeat - an opening day mistake by Jamie Langfield gifted Celtic victory when a draw looked a cert. Since then, Craig Brown's men have also felt their points tally hasn't told the story of their performances, and that top spot in the Scottish Premier League should rightfully be theirs.
That unusual disappointment means there's been no slacking in the Dons ranks, and they've shown a fighting spirit to ensure they remain unbeaten for as long as possible, fighting back last week against Dundee United and also in recent battles with Motherwell and finding late winners v Hibs and Dunfermline.
It has also meant they haven't written any teams off, due to the fact they battered St Mirren, Hearts and Ross County earlier in the season but had to let them leave with a point.
Therefore, struggling Dundee can expect no favours this weekend and it's likely to be a healthy Aberdeen win. Ladbrokes are offering 10/1 for the handicap bet of Aberdeen -3. Can the Dons stick four past Dundee? We think so, so we're sticking a cheeky £2.50 on it.
Dundee United were tipped to do so much better than they have done this season. However, despite an impressive start, ever since they were knocked out of Europe confidence appears to have deserted them. Injuries haven't helped either and the lack of squad depth at Tannadice has had its toll.
However, they were well worth their point against Aberdeen last week and could have nicked a win. That will have got the tails up again, as will the Rudi factor.
Hearts legend Rudi Skacel - and we can call him since he bagged two Scottish Cups while in the maroon at Tynecastle - has signed on in Tayside until at least January. His goals from midfield ratio is up there with the best in the history of the SPL, and he's still got plenty in the tank.
His signing comes at just the right time for Dundee United - just as they're stepping up a bit in confidence, but in need of that extra spark.
If United can get back to how they started the season when Gary Mackay-Steven, Jonny Russell and Jon Daly were all on form - and get Skacel playing along with John Rankin and Willo Flood, then United will be a dangerous side again.
This week, they travel to St Mirren, always a tricky fixture to predict as St Mirren are capable of turning it on and playing some great football, but also capable of leaking goals as we've seen this season.
Dundee United -1 is 4/1 with Ladbrokes, and we're backing them at that price while also putting £5 on the double alongside Aberdeen.
The Away End bets:
Total bets this season: £130
Total Winnings: £156.78
£5 double Aberdeen & Dundee United (potential returns £17.33)
£2.50 Aberdeen handicap -3 (potential returns £27.50)
£2.50 Dundee United handicap -1 (potential returns £12.50)
All odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.
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