Dundee v Dundee United Betting Preview
Location: Dens Park
Date: 2nd January 2016
Live on Sky Sports 1
There aren’t many teams in worse form than Dundee but Dundee United would certainly be one of them.
It’s just one win in ten for both these sides with Dundee’s penchant for a draw the only thing keeping them afloat. The way teams are concertinaed from sixth to eleventh place in this division one win can rocket you right back up the table.
A mere five points separate Inverness in sixth and Kilmarnock in eleventh. Things are even tighter for Dundee in ninth so things are never as bad as they seem. Except, that is, for Dundee United.
The Arabs have a crucial period of games on the horizon. After losing to Hearts on Wednesday they have the Dundee derby. After a Scottish Cup distraction away to Airdrie they host Celtic in the league. If they reach the middle of January still on ten points it could be curtains.
Things aren’t looking good for them with Callum Morris stretchered off against Hearts and Mark Durnan likely to be suspended after being sent off. Even worse there are rumours that their chief goal getter, Billy McKay, could be out for this game too. If he doesn’t make it somebody else is going to have to step up to the plate but it’s hard to see who.
There is some respite in knowing that Dundee will be missing the suspended Greg Stewart. They were also heading into Wednesday night’s postponed game against Celtic with injury worries over Etxabeguren, Bain, Low, Hemmings, Konrad, Thomson and Irvine.
The extra healing time should be enough for most of them to recover with Hemmings in particular likely to play a key role in Stewart’s absence. Rory Loy should come in from the cold, too, and with seven league goals this season he will provide plenty of threat.
Dundee v Dundee United Betting Preview Betting Odds
Put a gun to my head here and I would have to plump for a home win but I was surprised to see quotes of 1.91 (10/11) earlier this morning. Compare that to the 2.2 (6/5) you could have got for an in form Motherwell (Motherwell v Hamilton Betting preview). I know which price I would rather take.
The price on Dundee has drifted, rightly, and they are now available at 2.3 (13/10) with McBookie. I think this is a much tighter affair than that which makes the Dundee Utd price of 3.25 (11/5) with Paddy Power and Coral look something like value.
But if Billy McKay doesn’t make the game it would be impossible to back The Arabs without their main, some would say only, goalscoring threat. This puts me off backing goals in the game too, even though it’s at a price that is now rather tempting.
For there to be more than 2.5 goals in the game has drifted from as low as 1.67 (4/6) last night to evens with bet365 and McBookie today. It is a bet that has historical precedence with fourteen of the last seventeen Dundee Derbies seeing more than two goals.
But if both sides are missing their most threatening players it leaves a lot of doubt about it’s chances, no matter how comical their defences are. Unless the coming days sees a return for McKay I may be having no bet on this one.