Aberdeen received an extended break over the festive period as they have not played since December 20 following back-to-back postponements of fixtures against Dundee and Motherwell due to adverse weather conditions.
Barry Robson‘s side had put together a solid run of form earlier this month, winning three of their last four matches in all competitions, all of which at Pittodrie,
with the 1-0 defeat to Rangers in the Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park being the only blot on their copybook during this brief period.
The Dons have accumulated 19 points from their first 16 Premiership matches this term and they currently sit eighth in the table – albeit with up to four games
in hand on some teams – just three points above the bottom two and seven points behind Saturday’s opponents St Mirren in fifth.
Aberdeen will be confident of ending 2023 on a positive note as they have only lost one of their last 17 home league meetings with St Mirren, whom they comfortably beat 3-0 in their most recent clash at Pittodrie in May.
St Mirren’s poor run of form also bodes well for the Dons as Steve Robinson‘s men have only won three of their last 14 Premiership matches, failing to come out on top in any of their last three without scoring.
The Buddies have had little to cheer about during the festive period, as last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Hearts was followed by a narrow 1-0 home loss to Kilmarnock on Wednesday, a game in which Marley Watkinsnetted the only goal on the 25-minute mark.
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Robinson’s side have failed to build on their bright start to the campaign, but they still have plenty of time remaining to secure their highest top-flight finish for 38 years as can consolidate fifth place with a victory on Saturday.
St Mirren must rectify their miserable away form if they wish to come away with a positive result against Aberdeen, though, as they have lost their last six Premiership matches on the road by an aggregate score of 12-1.