Dundee vs. Ayr United
Saturday 11th January 2020. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United make the journey north to face Dundee at Dens Park. It is third versus fourth in the Championship with the Honest Men travelling to the City of Discovery looking to extend their advantage over the Dees, which currently stands at two points.
Mark Kerr’s men tasted victory on the road last weekend with a hard fought 1-0 win over Dunfermline, the side’s first away win since the end of October.
Opponents: Dundee manager James McPake is looking to avoid back-to-back home defeats to promotion rivals after Inverness Caledonian Thistle took all three points when they visited Dens Park last time out. Two first-half goals from Caley were enough to see them consolidate second position in the league table.
Team News:. Andy Geggan and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries.
Mark says: “Every game is tough in this league and going to Dens will be absolutely no different. We want to build on last week, we showed a different side to our game, kept our shape well and came away with the three points. The result gives us a lot of confidence and that was obvious in training this week. Our fans were great last week and they really backed us the later the game went so hopefully they get right behind us tomorrow.”
Ayr United: DWLLW
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 24
Draws – 20
Dundee wins – 51
United have won just 5 of 48 leagues games between the sides at Dens Park, with Ayr’s last league win away to the Dark Blues coming in January 1981.
Mark Kerr’s first game in charge saw Dundee visit Somerset Park for a Friday night televised fixture. It was the Dark Blues that picked up all three points – their first away league win of the season. Goals from former United winger Declan McDaid and Paul McGowan put Dundee two goals ahead in the first 30 minutes. Luke McCowan countered for the Honest Men before half-time but it was James McPake’s side who held on for the victory.
Ayr United: Doohan, Houston, Muirhead, Roscoe, Harvie, Geggan (Moore), Docherty, Kelly, Forrest (McGuffie), McCowan (Doolan), Moffat
Referee – Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond
Adult – £24
Concessions – £16
U18’s – £10
Ayr United supporters will occupy Section B of the Main stand with entry via turnstiles 31 and 32 on Sandeman Street.