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Dundee vs. Ayr United
SPFL Championship
Saturday 16th January 2021. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men travel to the City of Discovery to take on in-form Dundee in the Championship.

After two draws and three defeats in our last five games over December and Hogmanay, Mark Kerr’s side were denied the opportunity to get back to winning ways when last weekend’s Scottish Cup tie at Elgin and Tuesday night’s scheduled league fixture at home to Alloa were postponed.

United are in sixth place in the league table, two points behind Raith Rovers in fourth and Morton in fifth, albeit both sides have games in hand.

Opposition : Dundee escaped a Scottish Cup giant killing last weekend in one of the ties to beat the winter weather. The Dees needed a last minute equaliser from Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi to force extra-time against Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic at Dens Park and suffered a further
scare when a second spot kick put the Lowland League side ahead in the 105th minute. Goals from defender Lee Ashcroft and striker Osman Sow, however, his seventh in the last five games, saw a relieved James McPake’s team into the third round. The Dark Blues are unbeaten in their last six Championship fixtures, stretching back to their loss at Somerset Park in November. That run of form that has seen them take 14 points from a possible 18 and climb into third place behind Dunfermline – who face Morton tonight – only on goal difference.

Team News : Mark Kerr has a full squad to select from with on loan defender Corrie Ndaba included.

Mark says :”It was really disappointing to have the games called off last week as we were well prepared and ready to go. The weather has given us a few issues in recent times however the last week has been a bit better and we have had a really good week in the lead up to tomorrow. Things worked really well for us when Dundee came to Somerset and since then they have made a few changes and been on a really good run. It is normally a decent surface at Dens and the boys are really looking forward to getting back out there. We have found ourselves in a really good position in most of our games away from home and game management is something we have been working on.”

League Form :
Dundee : DDWWW
Ayr United : DLLDL
Head to head
Ayr United wins : 29
Draws : 25
Dundee wins : 62
The Honest Men have just a 15% win rate at Dens Park and our last league win away from home against the Dark Blues came in January 1981.

Last Meeting :
First half-goals from Michael Moffat – his 100th for the Honest Men – and Cammy Smith gave United a 2-0 win over Dundee at Somerset Park on 21st November.

Match Officials :
Referee – David Munro
Assistant Referee 1 – Calum Spence
Assistant Referee 2 – Michael Addy

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