Match Preview: St Mirren v Aberdeen

St Mirren are back in action at the Simple Digital Arena tomorrow as we host Aberdeen in the Ladbrokes Premiership in the last home game before Christmas.

FORM

The Buddies were left disappointed last weekend following a 3-1 defeat away to Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Alfie Jones' first goal in black and white gave Saints a first half lead. But the Lions scored three second half goals to take all three points.

Saints' form has improved in recent weeks taking five points from the last five league matches compared to just four from the previous 12. 

Aberdeen's form has been up and down over the past few weeks with three wins and three losses in their previous six matches. 

Derek McInnes' side come into tomorrow's match on the back of a last-gasp win over Livingston at Pittodrie on Tuesday night. The Dons had taken the lead through Niall McGinn, but fell behind thanks to goals from Scott Pittman and Jack McMillan. Sam Cosgrove grabbed an equaliser, before youngster Lewis Ferguson secured a 3-2 win in stoppage time. 

There was a 2-0 loss for Aberdeen at home to St Johnstone last weekend which came off the back of a 1-0 win at Ibrox against Rangers.

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Saints have already faced Aberdeen twice this season - both at Pittodrie. Indeed, Saints' three meetings against the Dons in 2018 have all been in the North East.

Only one of those matches has been in the league though - our most recent back in October. Aberdeen ran out comfortable 4-1 winners - scoring three goals in a 15 minute period in the first half 

St Mirren last welcomed Aberdeen to Paisley was back in 2015 in the Ladbrokes Premiership. The Dons were 2-0 winners that afternoon thanks to two goals in three minutes from Niall McGinn and Shay Logan. 

Saints' last league win over Aberdeen was in July 2011 when Nigel Hasselbaink's second half goal gave St Mirren a 1-0 win.

WHAT A WIN WOULD MEAN

St Mirren are looking to bounce back from the disappointment of a loss to Livingston - coupled with Dundee's point against Rangers that saw Saints go bottom for the first time this season.

A win could see Aberdeen move into fourth place in the Ladbrokes Premiership - depending on Hearts and St Johnstone's results.

TEAM NEWS

Danny Mullen and Kyle Magennis after both out with Oran Kearney confirming the pair are likely to be sidelined for a significant period. 

The manager also told press that Paul McGinn and Ryan Flynn returned to training yesterday so the pair could come into contention. 

Long-term absentee Gary MacKenzie remains out.

Gary Mackay-Steven is still out for the visitors following his injury against Celtic in the Betfred Cup final. Mikey Devlin is also sidelined.