Celtic v Aberdeen: Match preview and predicted line-ups

It's first against second at Paradise on Sunday as Celtic host Aberdeen in a Scottish Premiership to-of-the-table clash.

To be played on Sunday 1st March 2015 at 12:00. Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Odds: Celtic 4/7, Draw 14/5, Aberdeen 9/2

Both sides go into Sunday afternoon's game knowing that it could be a defining contest come the end of the season.

Ronny Deila's side return to home soil coming off the back of a brave Europa League defeat to Inter Milan where playing 54 minutes with ten men will have taken its toll.

The omens are good for Celtic, however, as they have won all five of their previous league encounters that have followed continental clashes.

But since Celtic’s last-gasp winner against Aberdeen in November, Derek McInnes’  side have gone on an unbeaten run that has seen them win 11 of their 13 league games, drawing two.

More impressive is that in the 11 matches the Dons have won, they have also kept a clean sheet and it is this form that still see’s them within touching distance of Celtic - the only side in the league they haven't beaten this season.

A win for the visitors would see them go level on points with the league leaders, although The Bhoys still have a game in hand.

McInnes will be hoping that Nial McGinn – who is top of the assist charts with 11 so far in this campaign – will be able to find a way through the defence of his former club.
Aberdeen have been handed a boost with defender Ash Taylor poised to return to first team action after completing 90 minutes for the Dons' Under-20s side in their win against Dundee United. Taylor could come in to replace Donervon Daniels, who was brought in on loan from West Brom to deputise.
Doubts still remain over the fitness of Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths, who didn't make the squad for the midweek game against Inter Milan through injury. Deila is able to name the same side that started at the San Siro due to Virgil van Dijk's ban not applying to domestic games.
Predicted Celtic line up:
Gordon, Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Biton, Johansen, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Guidetti 
Predicted Aberdeen line up:

Brown, Logan, Considine, Reynolds, Taylor, McLean, Flood, McGinn, Pawlett, Jack, Rooney


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