Don deal at Tynecastle

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: December 6 2012, 12:02 GMT

Dundee can beat Dundee United on Sunday while Aberdeen are worth backing at Hearts according to SPL expert Gareth Friel.

Craig Brown can guide Aberdeen to three points
Craig Brown can guide Aberdeen to three points

Hibs ended a long winless run against derby rivals Hearts last weekend, now Aberdeen are looking to do the same at Tynecastle this weekend.

It's almost two years since the Dons even scored against Hearts never mind beat them - but they have an excellent chance to end that sequence on Saturday.

Craig Brown's men missed the chance to go top of the table last midweek when they lost to Inverness but overall it has been an impressive season so far for the Pittodrie side.

The same can't be said of Hearts. They sit in ninth place - closer to the bottom of the table than they are to their rivals Hibs who they thumped in the Scottish Cup final just six months ago.

They may feel a bit unlucky that they lost at Easter Road last Sunday but the lack of spark in the final third was once again apparent.

John McGlynn has plenty of work to do to ensure his side don't get dragged into a relegation battle and Aberdeen look good at 2/1 to claim the three points.

Sunday sees the second Dundee derby of the season at Dens Park.

United were 3-0 winners back in August as their newly-promoted city rivals struggled to adapt to the top flight.

But Dundee have won their last two home games against Hibs and Hearts and will be no pushovers for this sellout clash.

That derby win earlier in the season meant Dundee Utd opened their campaign with successive victories - something they haven't managed to repeat as they struggle for consistency.

All things considered, and given Dundee were unbeaten in 10 derby games prior to the game before this season, they have to be worth taking on in the 'draw no bet' market at a generous-looking 12/5.

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