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Dundee United vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 21st December 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel north to face league leaders Dundee United. After four
games without a win, Mark Kerr’s men were boosted by a strong performance and all three
points against Alloa Athletic last week.

Opponents : Eight wins in-a-row have seen Dundee United open up a commanding 13 point
lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. No opposition player has scored against
Robbie Neilson’s side side mid-September, with Mark Reynold’s own goal for Alloa Athletic
one of only two goals that Dundee United have conceded – home or away – during their
current run.

Last Saturday saw the Tangerines make the short journey to Arbroath where Sam Stanton’s
early goal was enough to earn a victory against the Red Lichties.

Team News : Andy Murdoch, Jamie Adams and Kris Doolan miss out with injuries.

Mark says :”Dundee United are obviously on a good run and strong at home but this week we have been focusing on ourselves. We know over the last season and a half that we have the players that can hurt them so we are going there with plenty of confidence. We had a good result and performance last week and that certainly lifted everyone here. Training has been excellent this week and there is now competition for places which is something we were struggling for a few weeks ago. It makes a big difference and we have noticed it in training. It’s a big game for us and one we are hugely looking forward to.”

Championship Form :
Dundee United: WWWWW
Ayr United: LLLDW
Head to head (League) :
Ayr United wins – 31
Draws – 15
Dundee United wins – 29

Saturday is the 100th meeting between the Ayr United and Dundee United/Hibernian. The
Honest Men have lost just one of the last six meetings between the clubs.

Previous Meeting :
The first meeting of the season between the sides was at Somerset Park in September and
saw the home side take all three points. Daniel Harvie opened the scoring in the 9th minute,
winning the ball in his own half before running onto a Mark Kerr through ball and slotting
under the Tangerines’ keeper Benjamin Siegrist.
Our advantage was doubled in the second-half, when Alan Forrest cut in from the left and
was brought inside the box by ex-Ayr man Liam Smith. Referee Bobby Madden pointed to
the penalty spot and Forrest made no mistake, sending Siegrist the wrong way and firing the
ball into the bottom left-hand corner to make it 2-0 to the Honest Men.

Match Officials :
Referee – Greig Aitken
Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson

Admission :
Adult – £24
Concessions – £12 (under 18’s and over 65s)

Ayr United supporters will be housed in the upper sections of the Fair Play Stand and enter
via turnstiles 13 and 14 on Tannadice Street. Tickets are on sale at these turnstiles.
The away coaches can park in Neish Street, which is opposite the stadium. Cars will have to
park outwith the no waiting coned areas, as there is no parking facilities for supporters.
Random searching will take place for both sets of fans, surfing flags are not permitted, other
flags will be allowed in once they are checked to ensure they are neither offensive or
Drums are not allowed into the stadium.
Tannadice is a no smoking stadium, including e-cigarettes.