One of the contests that could decide Saturday’s Aberdeen vs Hibs clash will be the one between Hibs centre-back Ryan and Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove.
Porteous returns from suspension for the game, and that is good timing for the Easter Road side, as Cosgrove has been in excellent form for the Dons.
The Hibernian man is looking forward to his upcoming contest with the attacker.
“Good physical battle”
“It will be a good physical battle, but he is a smart player, and he has a lot of pace as well. He has more to his game than being a big brute” he said, as reported by Edinburgh Live.
Porteous missed the recent draw with Celtic. Despite that, Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom will be pleased that he is back for this game.
Defenders will need to keep 13 goal striker quiet
Cosgrove has scored 13 goals this season, so the Hibs defence will need to be at their best to keep him from adding to that tally.
The battle between the duo promises to be physical, and both players know what it is like to be sent-off. Should either player receive a red card at Pittodrie, it could be a defining moment in the game.
Neither Hibs nor Aberdeen are in the best of form going into the game. However, both players have performed well this season. The contest between the players could define which side walks away with three points.