Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Aberdeen will be looking to make amends for a 3-0 loss to Hibernian when they welcome Hamilton Academical at their Pittodrie Stadium on Matchday 18. The Dons produced their worst performances of the season in the Easter Road Stadium clash, but it is well known that they play much better on home soil than on the travels. Aberdeen did well to hold title-chasing Rangers to a 2-2 draw in their last home fixture, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Hamilton Academical.
The Accies, on the other hand, are on a ten-game winless run in the Premiership, and, as a result, they sit in the danger zone in the standings. Considering that Aberdeen are eager to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat to the Hibs, we are tempted to put our money on Derek McInnes’ men.
Highlighted Player (Stephen Gleeson):
Stephen Gleeson is an Irish footballer who plays for Birmingham City as a midfielder. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. Gleeson was born in Dublin on 3 August, 1988 and he has 16 caps for Republic of Ireland U21 team. He made his senior debut for the Boys in Green in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador on 23 May, 2006.
Stephen Gleeson started his youth career at Cherry Orchard and as a boy he admired Republic of Ireland ace Roy Keane. At the age of 18 he signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he made no more than three league appearances for the Wolves between 2006 and 2009. He enjoyed loan stints with Stockport County, Hereford United and Milton Keynes Dons during that period and on 1 July, 2009 he signed a three-year deal with the Dons.
After playing 174 matches for the club, he joined Birmingham City for the 2014/2015 Championship campaign. It has to be noted that he scored five goals in 44 appearances for the Blues in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign.
Highlighted Team (Hamilton):
Nicknamed the Accies, Hamilton are the Scottish Premier League club founded back in 1874. Hamilton’s home ground is New Douglas Park, the venue which was opened in 2001. The capacity of the stadium is only 6,018. The Accies clinched their first domestic trophy in the 1985/86 season, with the team finishing the process eleven points clear of second-placed Falkirk.
Two seasons later, Hamilton repeated the success, with the team clinching their third and last Scotland Premier League trophy in the 2007/2008 season. The Accies wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home ground, while blue and green are the dominant colours of their away kit. Fellow clubs based in Lanarkshire, Motherwell, and Albion Rovers, are considered the club’s main rivals.
Speaking of the club’s biggest win, you should bear in mind that Hamilton outclassed Morton 10-0 in May 2014. Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy is considered one of the most notable footballers who started their senior career at Hamilton.