Dundee United vs Kilmarnock Preview

by Punter's Hero on November 16, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Dundee United will be hosting Kilmarnock at Tannadice Park this Friday Nov. 16 in a Scottish Premier League showdown. The two teams have met each other a grand total of 71 times over the years with Dundee winning 27 times and Kilmarnock earning 18 wins. The other 26 games have ended in draws.

The last time these two teams faced each other at Tannadice Park was back in February with the home side shutting out the visitors from Kilmarnock 4-0. However, they met each in Kilmarnock earlier this season with Dundee dropping a 3-1 decision. Four out of the five games before that all ended in 1-1 draws.

Dundee United has lost just one of their past half dozen home games, but they’ve only won one as well as the other four have been draws. They’ve managed seven goals for and seven goals against in those games. Kilmarnock isn’t a bad road team as they’ve lost just two of their past six away games. They’ve also drawn two and win two of them. They’ve scored eight goals for during those contests and have allowed six.

Dundee United is sitting in eighth place in the 12-team Scottish Premier League with 16 points from their first 12 games. They have a record of four wins, four draws and four losses. In their past six games they have two wins, three draws and a loss while Kilmarnock has three wins and three losses. Dundee has drawn their past three home games and are winless in their last five at Tannadice. Kilmarnock is in sixth place in the league table with five wins, three draws and five losses.

When it comes to the team line ups, it looks like Dundee might have to do without right-back Keith Watson as he injured his leg last week against league-leading Hibernian. However, the team expects left-back Barry Douglas to return as his ankle injury has now healed. Defender Gregory Vignal will also likely miss the match due to a hamstring injury. Kilmarnock will be playing the game without Rory McKenzie as he’s sidelined with a groin injury for the next couple of weeks. In addition, Garry Hay, Danny Racchi, and William Gros are still all out with injuries.

This is a big game since both teams are still within striking distance of Hibernian, but will need all three points to realistically stay in the race for first place. Also, Dundee can pass Kilmarnock with a win while Kilmarnock can increase their lead over the home team to five points with a victory. This should be a close contest and a draw seems to be the most likely result.

Sportsbook Bet365 has the latest odds of a Dundee win at 1.85 with a Kilmarnock win at 4.05 and a draw at 3.40.

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