I was at two games this weekend, and they’ve set up a potential cracker on Saturday.
On Friday night, I watched Aberdeen beat Hearts 2-0 at Pittodrie.
It was a major turnaround from the meeting between the sides at Tynecastle a few weeks ago, which of course ended with the reverse result.
Craig Levein’s team were pretty awful, but credit is due to Derek McInnes and his team.
They’ve sorted themselves out after two well-below-par performances against the Jambos and Motherwell in the Scottish Cup semi-final loss at Hampden.
The Dons have now put in two great post-split showings to get themselves out in front in the hunt to finish second in the Premiership.
On Friday, the result was never in doubt and in every department they were streets ahead.
McInnes showed he wasn’t afraid to make a bold tactical move when he saw an opportunity to do so.
Big Sam Cosgrove was good up front in his first start and first league appearance since being sent off in a horror debut against Celtic.
He’s a young man and he offers something different to what Aberdeen have at this moment in time.
Two up front with Cosgrove and Stevie May was a very offensive line-up, with Niall McGinn and Gary Mackay-Steven on the flanks.
Older fans would have recognised this tactic, which put the Reds in total control.
Hearts defend with five at the back and varying the play helped the Dons – with Cosgrove giving them the option of going direct.
McInnes seems to prefer to change his team weekly to deal with what he sees as strengths and weaknesses in the opposition.
Some may label this as tinkering, but let’s not forget his side, not only dominant against Hearts, are best of the rest in the league at the minute.
I also saw Hibs play Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Aberdeen overwhelmed them at Pittodrie earlier this season, but watching them now, they are a side who like to get forward at every opportunity.
Neil Lennon will take them to the Granite City to attack and McInnes’ men will have to be prepared to defend, which they’ve been doing well recently, as well as finding their way to the Edinburgh team’s goal.
Don’t expect the Easter Road men to sit in.
I feel Aberdeen need two more wins to finish second, and with Hibs desperately chasing the win as well, it’s poised to be a scintillating afternoon.