Two teams will be getting back to the Premiership action after their winter break, when Aberdeen will be hosting Rangers on Tuesday, with both teams looking to start the new year with a positive record.
This fixture could have a lot of pressure with the hosts knowing they could slip to the bottom half of the table with a defeat, while Rangers will be looking to maintain their six-point lead at the top of the table.
Abedeen picked up a victory in their most recent outing on Boxing Day, defeating Dundee 2-1 with goals from Ryan Hedges and Lewis Ferguson.
Stephen Glass’ side ended 2021 on a high, winning four of their last six matches, scoring 10 goals in the process while also keeping two clean sheets.
When they last met Rangers, Aberdeen took a two-goal lead in the first 20 minutes, but they failed to hold on as the game ended up in a 2-2 draw.
The Dons will be aiming to have a good start of the year after losing more games than they have won to this point, which has hindered them from climbing up the table.
Meanwhile, Rangers start the new year in a perfect position as the league leaders, which is a record they shall be looking to maintain as the team aims to retain the SPL this season.
The Gers have not conceded a goal in the league since November 28, keepimg six clean sheets in a row to end 2021 in style.
Rangers have not been defeated in the league since August in their second game of the season, when the played Dundee United, which shows the dominance the team have had.
Alfredo Morelos and Scott Wright both scored in their most recent game in the league, where they defeated St Mirren 2-0.
Aberdeen vs Rangers head to head
The pair have previously met on 90 occasions across all competitions, where Rangers are leading with 54 victories while Aberdeen have won 12, and they have drawn in 24. Rangers have scored 170 goals and conceded 75. In their last five encounters, Rangers have won in four while they have drawn once.
Aberdeen 0-1 Rangers 01/08/20
Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen 22/11/20
Aberdeen 1-2 Rangers 10/01/21
Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen 15/05/21
Rangers 2-2 Aberdeen 27/10/21
Aberdeen latest home form
Aberdeen have recently been on a good run of form at home, as they have lost just one of their last six matches. That loss came 2-0 against Motherwell on November 30. They have won four and lost one of their last five, scoring 10 goals and conceding 5 in the process.
Aberdeen 2-1 Hearts 30/10/21
Aberdeen 0-2 Motherwell 06/11/21
Aberdeen 2-0 Livingston 01/12/21
Aberdeen 4-1 St Mirren 04/12/21
Aberdeen 2-1 Dundee 26/12/21
Aberdeen latest away form
Aberdeen have failed to keep a good form on the road like at home. They have won just one of their last five away matches. They lost their most recent away game 1-0 to Hibernian in the league. In their last five, they have won one, drawn one and lost three.
Rangers 2-2 Aberdeen 27/10/21
Dundee United 1-0 Aberdeen 20/11/21
Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen 28/11/21
St Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen 11/12/21
Hibernian 1-0 Aberdeen 22/12/21
Rangers latest home form
Rangers have recently been on a good run of form at home, as they have won in all their last five matches. Their last home defeat came on November 21 when they lost 3-1 to Hibernian in the League Cup. In their last five, they have scored 10 goals, keeping a clean sheet in all.
Rangers 2-0 Sparta Prague 25/112/1
Rangers 3-0 Dundee 04/12/21
Rangers 2-0 St Johnstone 15/12/21
Rangers 1-0 Dundee United 18/12/21
Rangers 2-0 St Mirren 26/12/21
Rangers latest away form
The Gers have been on a good run of form on the road, having gone unbeaten for seven games since October. They recently picked up a 1-1 draw against Lyon in the Europa League. In their last five away games, they have scored 8 goals and conceded 3 in the process.
Brondby 1-1 Rangers 04/11/21
Livingston 1-3 Rangers 28/11/21
Hibernian 0-1 Rangers 01/12/21
Lyon 1-1 Rangers 09/12/21
Hearts 0-2 Rangers 12/12/21
Matty Longstaff will not be available after returning to Newcastle United, with Kevin Hanratty also no longer being available after heading to Elgin City on loan.
However, Connor Barron was recalled by the Dons at the start of the transfer market, and he could push for a place in the first team.
Rangers will be without the services of Nnamdi Ofobor due to his heart condition, while Filip Helander will be absent with his knee injury.
The Gers came to a decision of selling Nathan Patterson to Everton within this transfer window, who has not been a regular in the starting lineup.
Prediction and Odds
Aberdeen enter the contest in a good form at home and will want to start the year on a positive, but they are facing a tough opponent.
Rangers have been dominant throughout the season, and with their defensive quality, we see them having the advantage of winning in this game.
Odds: 1 2.90 X 3.20 2 1.80
Aberdeen 0-2 Rangers
Aberdeen 0-3 Rangers
Aberdeen 1-3 Rangers
Aberdeen 1-4 Rangers
Aberdeen 2-4 Rangers