Dens Park. Live on Sky Sports 4. Kick Off: 12.45pm
Its the second Dundee derby of the season tomorrow and by all accounts it’s pretty much as sell out and promises to be a lively affair at Dens Park.
There is no doubt that the tangerine half of Dundee have the better players and team by far and this is not helped by the injury list that Dundee can really not afford to have given their inferior 1st division squad. Dundee Utd won the home fixture earlier in the season very comfortably 3-0 and are rightly the 12.45pm (Coral, Betfred) favourites.
They had a 5-0 cup win last week against Stranraer but what will be worrying for Dundee is that both of Utd’s front men claimed all 5 goals with Johnny Russell netting a hat-trick and Daly with a brace himself.
Dundee also claimed a decent cup win away to Livingston and will take heart from the fact they have won their last 2 home league games against Hibs and Hearts. Despite being bottom of the league the Dundee fans will hope their team can pull off a 4/1 (William Hill) shock.
Dundee Utd will again be without the services of the talented Gary Mackay-Stevens with a broken bone in the hand and Gardyne is also set to miss out but this just means that manager Houston will have the opportunity to play Rudi Skacel from the start.
People who like a bet on an anytime goalscorer should have a look at Skacel at 9/4 (Blue Sq) as he has a canny knack of scoring in the big matches.
Dundee’s injuries are to vast to list but noticeable outs are captain O’Donnell, Striker Finnigan and Italian defender Grassi.
For me Dundee United should have far too much quality for Dundee in this fixture and if they concentrate on playing football and avoid getting involved in any heated derby incidents they should really run out easy winners and probably win by a couple of goals. They have goals scorers in their team and I like the look of them scoring over 1.5 team goals at 11/10 (StanJames).
Prediction: Dundee 1-3 Dundee Utd