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Niall McGinn produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Robert Milsom on for Cameron Smith.
Cameron Smith takes a shot. Fantastic save by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
The ball is sent over by Willo Flood, save by Jamie Langfield.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clark Robertson by Michael Gardyne. Mark Reynolds takes the direct free kick.
Michael Gardyne replaces Johnny Russell.
Barry Douglas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes. Ryan Fraser goes off and Stephen Hughes comes on. The ball is crossed by Johnny Hayes, Header from close in by Russell Anderson misses to the left of the target.
Willo Flood delivers the ball, save made by Jamie Langfield.
Foul by John Rankin on Johnny Hayes, free kick awarded. Johnny Hayes takes the direct free kick.
Barry Douglas takes the outswinging corner, Clark Robertson manages to make a clearance.
Clark Robertson crosses the ball, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
Foul by Stuart Armstrong on Scott Vernon, free kick awarded. Russell Anderson takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Johnny Hayes, clearance by Gavin Gunning.
Johnny Russell fouled by Russell Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Barry Douglas from right channel, Jamie Langfield makes a comfortable save.
The official flags Niall McGinn offside. Radoslaw Cierzniak takes the indirect free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Niall McGinn. Free kick taken by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
John Souttar goes off and Darren Petrie comes on.
John Rankin sends in a cross, blocked by Joe Shaughnessy.
Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jon Daly.
Unfair challenge on Cameron Smith by John Rankin results in a free kick. Niall McGinn shoots direct from the free kick, Radoslaw Cierzniak makes a save.
Short corner taken by Ryan Fraser from the left by-line.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas from the right by-line, Close range headed effort by Gavin Gunning goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Hayes on Stuart Armstrong. Johnny Hayes goes into the book. Direct free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Scott Vernon goes wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Shaughnessy on John Rankin. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Barry Douglas from left wing, save by Jamie Langfield.
Niall McGinn is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
A cross is delivered by Johnny Hayes, clearance made by Gavin Gunning.
Shot by Stuart Armstrong. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
The referee blows for offside against Johnny Hayes. Radoslaw Cierzniak takes the free kick.
Gavin Gunning concedes a free kick for a foul on Niall McGinn. Niall McGinn hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 2-2 Dundee Utd.
The ball is sent over by John Rankin.
Corner taken by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Johnny Russell.
Gavin Gunning has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas, clearance by Mark Reynolds.
Corner taken by Willo Flood from the right by-line, clearance made by Clark Robertson.
Foul by Willo Flood on Johnny Hayes, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Fraser, save by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Niall McGinn takes a shot from 18 yards. Save made by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Clark Robertson takes a shot. Radoslaw Cierzniak makes a save. The referee blows for offside against Ryan Fraser. Free kick taken by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Johnny Hayes fouled by Richie Ryan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
Joe Shaughnessy crosses the ball, Jon Daly manages to make a clearance.
Stuart Armstrong is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Russell Anderson.
A cross is delivered by Johnny Russell, Russell Anderson makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Johnny Russell by Mark Reynolds results in a free kick. Willo Flood produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Ryan Fraser decides to take the corner short.
Willo Flood challenges Ryan Fraser unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Fraser.
Ryan Fraser sends in a cross.
Willo Flood is penalised for a handball. Clark Robertson restarts play with the free kick.
An own goal is scored by Jamie Langfield. Aberdeen 1-2 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Johnny Russell.
Cameron Smith has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood by Clark Robertson. Barry Douglas takes the free kick.
Johnny Russell produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Handball decision goes against John Rankin. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.
Ryan Fraser delivers the ball.
Ryan Fraser crosses the ball, clearance made by Sean Dillon. Short corner taken by Ryan Fraser.
Johnny Russell takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.
The ball is crossed by Cameron Smith, Willo Flood makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line to the near post, Johnny Russell manages to make a clearance.
Johnny Hayes challenges Barry Douglas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richie Ryan takes the free kick.
John Rankin fouled by Russell Anderson, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Douglas crosses the ball, Gavin Gunning finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee Utd.Assist by Barry Douglas.
Johnny Russell is ruled offside. Russell Anderson takes the indirect free kick.
Scott Vernon crosses the ball, clearance by Gavin Gunning.
A cross is delivered by Clark Robertson, Effort on goal by Niall McGinn from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Niall McGinn produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
The ball is swung over by Barry Douglas, Russell Anderson manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Cameron Smith by Richie Ryan results in a free kick. Johnny Hayes delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
The ball is crossed by Cameron Smith.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Fraser, Goal scored by Scott Vernon from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Ryan Fraser.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Willo Flood on Ryan Fraser. Mark Reynolds restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by John Rankin on Johnny Hayes, free kick awarded. Russell Anderson restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Niall McGinn.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas played to the near post, save made by Jamie Langfield.
Corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line to the near post, Russell Anderson produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Mark Reynolds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell. Jon Daly restarts play with the free kick.
Brown warns of United threat
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown knows Dundee United are vulnerable in defence, but is wary of the visitors returning from Pittodrie with all three points after Wednesday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash.
United are without a win in four matches and are winless in 10 games at their Tannadice home, but have won four of their nine away matches this term.
Brown's Dons, meanwhile, have three home wins from 10 attempts.
"Dundee United I always think are a smashing team, a good football team," Brown, who watched United lose 4-3 to St Mirren on Sunday, told RedTV. "They're very dangerous. It's a very difficult game, even more difficult because they play better away and so do we, unfortunately.
"Before the (St Mirren) game they were bemoaning the fact that they hadn't won in nine home games.
"That makes 10 home games, which means they must be getting an awful lot of points away from home, because they've got 25 points.
"They're dangerous opponents and very good from middle to front but they're a bit vulnerable at the back and maybe a bit more so because (Brian) McLean was sent off."
Brown admires United strike duo Johnny Russell and Jon Daly in particular, but the visitors may shift striker Daly to defence with McLean suspended.
That could play to the Dons' advantage as they seek to win ahead of the winter break, which Brown believes is coming at the right time for his stretched squad.
Captain Russell Anderson is in line for his 350th appearance for Aberdeen on Wednesday.
Hegarty predicts crucial clash at Aberdeen
Dundee United assistant manager Paul Hegarty believes the clash is crucial in the context of the season.
United entered the new year in eighth place in a congested SPL table - Peter Houston's men are nine points off second place in the standings - after a 10-match winless run at home and a current four-match streak without a victory.
Hegarty believes victory at Pittodrie against Aberdeen could provide the required boost to turn the tide in United's favour.
"It would be great to get a result with the winter break coming up; to go in with a victory," said Hegarty, who spent 16 years at United as a player and enjoyed some memorable encounters with the Dons. "When you start the season again you've got a bit more confidence.
"We've got to make sure we do well and hopefully get a result."
Houston and first-team coach Gary Kirk watched Aberdeen beat Dundee 3-1 last Saturday with a hat-trick from in-form Niall McGinn and United are aware of the challenge that awaits at Pittodrie.
"We've got a game on our hands, but hopefully we can appease our fans," Hegarty said. "These games are always important because you have bragging rights in the north east.
"These games probably define your season. We've got to try to get back to winning ways and if we can do that we'll be delighted."
The straight red card shown to defender Brian McLean against St Mirren means United will be forced into a defensive reshuffle.
Unless Sean Dillon recovers sooner than expected from a thigh injury, captain Jon Daly is likely to drop back from striker to centre-back, while midfielder Willo Flood (groin) is doubtful after going off midway through the first half of the 4-3 loss to the Buddies.
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