Game of the weekend: Celtic v Aberdeen

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Celtic may have some frustration to vent following a Champions League chastening away to Atletico Madrid as they chase a domestic milestone.

The unbeaten leaders dropped points following their previous meeting with the Spaniards, having looked leggy in a goalless draw at Easter Road.

However, they have an advantage this time since Aberdeen, who have lost 33 of their last 35 league visits to Celtic Park (W1 D1), must contend with a much shorter recovery time from their European exploits.

The Dons have struggled to balance Thursday-Sunday fixtures, picking up five points from five games in the immediate aftermath of continental skirmishes.

Graeme Shinnie, Bojan Miovski and Leighton Clarkson had their minutes managed in a creditable 2-2 draw away to PAOK, which ended hopes of going any further in the Europa Conference League.

However, Celtic chose to withdraw key players like Callum McGregor, Kyogo, Matt O'Riley and Luis Palma as Atletico piled in the goals at the Metropolitan Stadium and Daizen Maeda only played 23 minutes before his red card.

Last season, Celtic scored 12 without reply in four successes against Aberdeen, while they were 3-1 winners at Pittodrie in the early days of this campaign.

The champions have not lost in 49 home league games (W42 D7), having gone 50-plus just once before. That was a run of 53 from July 2001 to April 2004 under Martin O'Neil, which just happened to be halted by the Dons.

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