Match preview: Dundee United v Dunfermline Athletic

Dundee United with face Dunfermline Athletic in the first of two meetings this week, starting on Tuesday night in the Championship at Tannadice. Four days later they will do it all again in the Irn-Bru Cup at East End Park.

The two sides have already met twice with United coming out the victors showing the gulf in ability from the teams that entering the second tier from different ends.

After a subpar half, a dozen game start to the league season, which seen Ray McKinnon’s men sat in fifth with eight points. His team completed the dozen with five wins and a draw to move up to second, three points of the leaders, Hibernian. It has been a similar story for Allan Johnston. After one win in six, his squad have started to fashion out points, on average one per game to be exact.

Keys to the game

The Tangerines have the best home record in the Championship and have yet to be beaten in all competitions at Tannadice, even dispatching Premiership outfit Partick Thistle in the League Cup. In contrast, Dunfermline are dreadful on the road and have yet to win away from East End Park in the second tier this year.

Tony Andreu has been in spectacular form since his deadline day loan move back to Scotland from Norwich City, and with six goals (two against the Pars) in eight league starts, he is quickly looking like one of the signings of the season for this division. Wedderburn will have to monitor the attacking midfielder that will look to find space in between the defensively and the midfield lines that Allan Johnston will send out on Tuesday.

Athletic will try to nullify what the Terrors have to offer, getting back across the Tay Bridge with a point is respectable enough to keep this run of matches without defeat going, and move them back up into eighth, away from the dreaded relegation playoff spot.

Kickoff time, ticket prices and where to watch

Tuesday, 19:45pm, Tannadice.
Adult: £20.00
Concessions: (Senior 65+, Under 18, Students): £10.00

Confirmed line-ups

Referee

Don Robertson.

What Dundee United are saying

“Cammy Bell had a calf injury, and could not carry on after half-time. William Edjenguélé was vomiting during the interval, Blair Spittal was also sick. Dixon has a bad one on his knee, and we will have to get a scan” (Ray McKinnon, manager)

What Dunfermline Athletic are saying

“There is a long way to go and if you play like that and show that desire and work rate then you are not going to be far away.” (Allan Johnston, manager)

Common fixtures

Dundee United:

1-1 v Hibernian (A)
3-1 v Falkirk (A)
0-0 v Ayr United (A)
4-3 v St Mirren
1-1 v Queen of the South
1-0 v Dumbarton (A)
2-1 v Dumbarton
2-2 v Raith Rovers

Points: 10

Dunfermline Athletic:

1-3 v Hibernian
2-1 v Falkirk (A)
0-0 v Ayr United (A)
4-3 v St Mirren
0-1 v Queen of the South
2-2 v Dumbarton (A)
4-3 v Dumbarton
0-0 v Raith Rovers

Points: Nine

Last three meetings

Championship:

10/09/16: Dunfermline Athletic 1-3 Dundee United

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League Cup:

31/07/16: Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic
22/09/15: Dundee United 3-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Table

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Prediction

Dundee United 2-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Odds

Dundee United 5/11 Draw 15/4 Dunfermline Athletic 8/1

Best bet

Dundee United to win and over 2.5 goals @ 19/20


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