Dundee match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 7th March 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, United’s busy Championship schedule continues with the first of back-to-back games against play-off rivals Dundee. The Honest Men held league leaders and Dundee’s city rivals to a goalless draw at Somerset Park on Tuesday night in an impressive performance and will hope to take that good form into this weekend’s fixture.

 

Opponents: Dundee played out a goalless draw at Dens Park against Alloa on Tuesday night, finding the Wasps’ keeper Neil Parry in exceptional form on his return from injury. A plus for James McPake’s side was a third consecutive clean sheet after victories over Championship strugglers Queen of the South and Partick Thistle.

 

The Dark Blues find themselves in fourth place in the league table, two points behind the Honest Men and two points ahead of three teams with play-off aspirations, Dunfermline Athletic, Arbroath and Greenock Morton.

 

James McPake strengthened his squad over January, with the most notable addition being former Scotland international defender Christophe Berra. Conor Hazard, signed on loan from Celtic, has assumed the goalkeeping duties and former Partick Thistle utility man Christie Elliot and St. Johnstone midfielder Ross Callachan have also joined the Dees.

 

Team News: Andy Murdoch, Ross Docherty, Craig Moore and Andy Geggan are out with injuries.

Mark says: “The games are coming thick and fast and the players are really enjoying the competitive action. We trained on Sunday and Monday to ensure we were ready for Tuesday night and I think the way we finished the game shows that our training is really paying off. Tomorrow will be another big test for us against a really strong Dundee team. There has been little between us in the meetings so far this season and one look at the league table tells you how big a game it is. We need the backing of our fans more than ever during this busy spell so lets hear the Somerset Road End in full voice!”

League Form:

Ayr United: WDLWD

Dundee: LDWWD

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 28

Draws – 24

Dundee wins – 61

 

United have won just one of the last 15 league meetings between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting: Dundee have come out on top in both meetings between the sides this season. It was 1-0 at Dens Park in August, Andrew Nelson grabbing the winner in the 74th minute while Dundee were 2-1 winners at Somerset Park in Mark Kerr’s first game in charge. Luke McCowan countered early strikes from Declan McDaid and Paul McGowan but the Honest Men were unable to find an equaliser.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee 1 – Ivan Stankovic

Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)

U18’s – £6

 

To avoid queues on match day it is strongly advised to purchase your tickets online before arriving at Somerset Park. Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they should show on arrival at the ground. The Turnstile Operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground. Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

 

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