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Jan 23, 2021 at 3pm UK at Pittodrie Stadium
AberdeenAberdeen
2-0
MotherwellMotherwell
Hoban (15'), Considine (77')
Wright (26'), Ojo (27')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Gallagher (5'), Polworth (26')
Polworth (48')

Preview: Aberdeen vs. Motherwell - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Scottish Premiership clash between Aberdeen and Motherwell, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Motherwell make the long trip north from Lanarkshire to face Aberdeen this Saturday afternoon, with new boss Graham Alexander hoping that the Steelmen can build on their home draw last week with title favourites Rangers.

Dons boss Derek McInnes has found himself coming under increasing pressure in recent weeks, and none of it was alleviated by the shock 4-1 defeat away at Ross County last weekend.


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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes pictured in November 22, 2020© Reuters

Aberdeen head into this game under something of a cloud despite being in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership table and in contention for a European place.

A banner has appeared outside of Pittodrie calling for McInnes's dismissal, with the Dons having followed up a 2-1 defeat at home to Rangers with that emphatic loss at Ross County.

That banner prompted Dons club legend Willie Miller to mount a staunch defence of McInnes in the Scottish press, with the European Cup Winners' Cup-winning former centre-back declaring that he thinks Aberdeen can finish third in the league and win a cup this season.

Not many Dons fans would currently appear to agree with that assessment, but Aberdeen's form was far from disastrous before their two recent defeats.

Since exiting the League Cup at the hands of St Mirren in November, the Dons were unbeaten in six games before losing their last two.

Aberdeen have finished in the top four every season that McInnes has been in charge, but he desperately needs a win this weekend to start to get the fans back onside, as well as maintain the pressure on third-placed Hibernian in the league table.

New Motherwell boss Graham Alexander has made a solid start to his reign at Fir Park after taking over from Stephen Robinson on January 7.

The Steelmen have played two games since then, both of which have ended in 1-1 draws. The first of those was at St Mirren, and 'Well could consider themselves unlucky to come away from Paisley with just a point after a fine performance.

They gained a much more satisfying point against Rangers last Sunday at Fir Park, leading against table-topping Gers, thanks to a 21st-minute goal from Devante Cole, until Cedric Itten's 79th-minute equaliser.

Alexander and his team are sure to have half an eye on the result from Ibrox on Saturday too, as if Ross County lose to Rangers then the Steelmen can climb above them in the table.

The new manager will want a win, not just to get the first three-pointer of his reign, but also because 'Well have now not won in their last 11 Premiership matches.

They are sure to fancy their chances, having kept a clean sheet in their last three matches against Aberdeen in all competitions.

Aberdeen Scottish Premiership form: WDWDLL

Motherwell Scottish Premiership form: DDLLDD


Team News

Aberdeen are set to welcome back Welsh international Ryan Hedges after the forward missed the defeat in Dingwall after receiving a red card against Rangers.

His presence is sure to provide a lift as he has bagged eight goals in all competitions in 2020-21.

The Dons have a number of injury absentees, however, with Ross McCrorie one of them. The Scotland Under-21 skipper suffered an ankle injury against Ross County that will keep him out for two or three weeks.

Republic of Ireland international Jonny Hayes also has an ankle injury, though he is in with a faint hope of playing this weekend.

Ash Taylor was substituted against the Staggies after half an hour due to a back spasm; he is a doubt for the weekend but may yet recover in time to play a part against Motherwell.

Connor McLennan is definitely out with his ankle injury now requiring the attention of a specialist. Greg Leigh and Dylan McGeouch remain long-term absentees as they recover from hamstring and groin injuries respectively.

For Motherwell, Liam Donnelly remains sidelined with a knee injury, while Charles Dunne's groin injury makes him a doubt.

Goalkeepers Trevor Carson and Scott Fox remain long-term absentees with Liam Kelly, on loan from Queens Park Rangers, set to keep his place between the sticks.

Aberdeen possible starting lineup:
Lewis; Hoban, Taylor, Considine; Kennedy, Campbell, Ferguson, Hayes; Wright; Main, Cosgrove

Motherwell possible starting lineup:
Kelly; O'Donnell, Mugabi, Gallagher, Carroll; O'Hara, Campbell, Polworth; Seedorf, Cole, Watt


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We say: Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell

We suspect that Motherwell will record their third successive draw this weekend, with 1-1 a likely outcome.

The Steelmen look a hard side to beat under Alexander's stewardship, while confidence at Aberdeen looks very low, and we cannot see the Dons claiming all three points, even on home soil.


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How you voted: Aberdeen vs Motherwell

Aberdeen
54.8%
Draw
25.8%
Motherwell
19.4%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1RangersRangers3026407396482
2Celtic31207465234267
3Hibernian30157841281352
4Aberdeen3113993230248
5Livingston29117113635140
6St Mirren31109122934-539
7Dundee UnitedDundee Utd31811122843-1535
8St Johnstone3089133139-833
9Motherwell3188152846-1832
10Ross County3075182254-3226
11Kilmarnock3174202743-1625
12Hamilton AcademicalHamilton2966172856-2824

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