Game of the day: Aberdeen v Celtic

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If Peter Leven was given the choice of his first fixture as Aberdeen caretaker boss, there's next to no chance it would be Celtic.

And it's not just because of the visitors' status as reigning champions and league leaders.

Aberdeen have not taken so much as a point off Celtic in nine meetings, last beating them almost six years ago.

Since that 1-0 win at Celtic Park, four different Aberdeen managers have watched on as Celtic have scored 56 goals against the Dons (16 on Robson's watch) over 23 games in all competitions. Fourteen goals have gone in at the other end, meaning Celtic average four goals to every one by Aberdeen.

This season, the Dons have issues at both ends of the park. Only three sides have netted fewer times and their goals against tally of 33 is higher than seven of their peers.

The game is not just about Aberdeen and their woes. Celtic have the chance to re-establish an eight-point lead at the top - at least until second-placed Rangers face Livingston later in the day.

However, with such a strong record at a ground where they have not lost in eight years, Brendan Rodgers' side travel with confidence as they seek a seventh consecutive victory.

Read the rest of this weekend's Premiership picks here.