Both teams played in Europa League and won, easier work for Motherwell, won against a team of a lot weaker league that played only one match in July since covid-stop for all championships.
During Covid crisis in its team, the congested calendar to recover postponed matches and the absences of last season topscorer Cosgrove and others, Aberdeen clearly shown to have a team able to be competitive in spite of any problem, with five consecutive wins in all competitions, only one defeat against Rangers in league and only two goals suffered in five league rounds.
On the contrary, Motherwell, never in goal far from home in Premiership, won only against relegation fighter St. Johnstone, having problems also with third from bottom Hamilton ( loost) and last on table Livingston ( 2-2 draw after led the match two times.
So, hosts surely able to win the match in normal conditions, but also with some change seeing next match against Sporting ( apart usual absences def. Hoban could rest, maybe some other) should be able to gain three points against a team quite poor and that today, apart def. Carroll, Donnely and Dunne, first two usual starters last season, have key midf. and topscorer Campbell ( 6 2g) that should be protected seeing EL match after a knock received in midweek