Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Tuesday 3rd March 2020. Kick-off 7.45pm
Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United will look to build on Saturday’s important win at Alloa when league leaders Dundee United are the visitors to Somerset Park. With play-off chasing Dunfermline and Morton winning at the weekend, three points against the Wasps ensured that United remained in the top four, leapfrogging above Dundee into third place.
Opponents: After taking 34 points from a possible 36 points between mid-October and January, including a run of 10 consecutive wins, the Tangerines have taken just five points from a possible 15 in their last five Championship fixtures. On Saturday, they fell to their fifth defeat of the season, going down 2-0 at Dunfermline.
Despite the relative blip in form, Robbie Neilson’s side maintain an 18 point gap at the top of the league as the close in on return to the Premiership after a four year absence.
There is a full fixture card in the Championship this midweek as Morton travel north to face Inverness; Dundee take on Alloa Athletic at Dens Park; Arbroath host Dunfermline Athletic tomorrow and there is a huge game in the battle to avoid relegation with Partick Thistle taking on Queen of the South at Firhill.
Team News: Ross Docherty, Craig Moore, Andy Murdoch and Andy Geggan miss out through injury.
Mark says: “We were delighted with the 3 points on Saturday. The fact Alloa were on such a long unbeaten run shows you what a good team they are and we created plenty of chances and deserved the 3 points. We had many good performances and it was great to have Ross Doohan at his best with a number of excellent stops. We were pleased for Aaron to get another goal after the one at Arbroath and Alans strike was right out the top drawer. Dundee United fully deserve their position in the league but we know we can match up against them and hopefully we get a big midweek atmosphere to help the boys tonight”
Ayr United: WWDLW
Dundee United: DLDWL
Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 31
Draws – 15
Dundee United wins – 30
Tonight is the 50th meeting in all competitions between the sides at Somerset Park s.
Previous Meeting: It is one win apiece so far this season in the previous meetings between the sides this campaign. Ayr ran out 2-0 winners at Somerset Park in September with goals in either half from Daniel Harvie and Alan Forrest.
At Tannadice in December, Mark Kerr’s red card was the catalyst for a 4-0 win for Dundee United that didn’t tell the whole story of the game. Sam Stanton opened the scoring for the home side just before half-time before Kerr was sent off in the 56th minute and Lawrence Shankland stroked home the resulting penalty. Nicky Clark and Ian Harkes rounded off the scoring for the Tangerines.
Referee – David Munro
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Michael MacDermid
Adult – £18
Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)
U18’s – £6
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