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    Dundee United -V- Inverness CT - Preview

     

    Beyond the pale...

     

    With most fans patience having been tested to the limit, we head into the first of two difficult away games starting at Tannadice on Saturday to be followed the week after by a visit to Firhill. Zero points from these two fixtures is a distinct possibility given our current predicament and the repercussions of that are horrendous. The only thing in our favour is that both are away fixtures as our home form has been abysmal. Clutching at straws, all three previous games this season have been close encounters.

    And now for the wake up call. ONLY FIVE GAMES LEFT TO SAVE OUR SEASON AFTER THESE TWO AWAY GAMES.

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    Match/Ticket/Supporters Bus Info

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    Venue H2H v Arabs Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 35 10 10 15 35 45 -10
    Away 29 7 11 11 37 43 -6
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 64 17 21 26 72 88 -16

    United have always held the Indian sign over us. More recently, it's ten games since we beat them. That was a televised Scottish Cup game in 2019 when Joe Chalmers curled in a beauty to give us an early lead before Nicky Clark levelled from the spot. However, Aaron Doran scored a deserved winner after 92 minutes to send us off to Hampden for a semi-final date with the Jambos. (That ended in a 3-0 defeat for the Caley Jags)

    Last 10 Competitive Meetings v Dundee United
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    0 - 1
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    1 - 1
    (A)
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    Last time out

    We slumped badly once again at home. In fact our last two matches were home games against the only two teams we have beaten in the Championship this season. Airdrie was played out as a scoreless draw. Against Ayr we looked well off the pace and were fortunate to go in level at the break when we were gifted an unlikely penalty on the stroke of half time. That squared the game after Stanger had given Ayr the lead with only five minutes gone. Ayr took all three points when Bryden scored on the hour with the home defence floundering. We didn't lack effort, but we were sadly lacking in quality and managerial direction at a stage in the season when we need it most. Last Five: D

    United faltered badly a week after thrashing Arbroath 4-0. On the telly last Friday they went down 3-1 to a resurgent Dunfermline who were all over them like a rash at East End Park. All United had to show for their effort was a late consolation goal, and that was an og from Benedictus. Oh well, that shows that they can be got at although you have to attack in the first place to make something happen. You have to be in it to win it as they say.

    Dundee United manager Jim Goodwin said this on BBC Sport after last weeks defeat: "We didn't start the game well enough, it's as simple as that. The first 45 minutes is one of our worst performances, there's no doubt about it. We didn't offer anything going forward. "We didn't carry a threat at all in the final third and we weren't at the races in the first half. Dunfermline looked as if they were a little bit more energetic than us, picking up a lot of second balls. I can have no arguments about the result." Last Five: D W

    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
    Airdrie in Challenge Cup final on Sunday - that makes Raith Rovers idle as well.
    1. Dundee Utd 29 17 7 5 56 20 58
    2. Raith Rovers 29 17 7 5 49 36 58
    3. Partick Thistle 29 11 10 8 55 49 43
    4. Airdrieonians 28 11 6 11 33 32 39
    5. Morton 28 10 7 11 35 33 37
    6. Dunfermline 29 9 8 12 33 39 35
    7. Ayr United 28 10 5 13 40 51 35
    8. Queens Park 29 8 9 12 41 47 33
    9. Inverness CT 29 7 10 12 33 34 31
    10. Arbroath 28 6 5 17 30 64 23

    Championship games on Saturday 23rd March

    1.    Arbroath v Partick Thistle
    2. Ayr United v Queen's Park
    3. Dundee Utd v Inverness CT   
    4.  G Morton v Dunfermline

     

    Latest Team News

    Inverness' injury problems are no better. Still a whole team of players missing or carrying knocks.

    Here's Dunc ahead of the Arab's game. Nathan Shaw will reluctantly be thrust back into the squad as will Nikola Ujdur and Morgan Boyes.

     

     

    Dundee United have the biggest squad of luxury players available in the Championship yet they are still struggling to break free at the head of the table. Maybe Jim Goodwin should try another job.

    United team beaten last week at EEP
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    Thomson   Gallagher   Holt   McMann
     
    Tillson (Middleton 45)   Sibbald   Docherty (Mochrie 64)
     
    Greive   Moult (Fotheringham 64)  Watt
     
    Subs Not Used: Newman; Cudjoe, Meekison, Grimshaw, Graham, McLelland

     

     

     

     




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