Dundee will visit city rivals Dundee United at Tannadice Park on Friday night as the two face off at 7:45pm in the Scottish Championship. After three games played, United sit atop the standings with nine points on the board having won all their opening encounters, bagging eight goals in that time, while the visitors sit in fourth with five points thus far having won once and drawn twice while netting three goals.
Dundee United have started their 2019/2020 season in brilliant form with three successive victories in the Championship. The first of these wins arrived on home soil upon the visit of Inverness, who they beat comprehensively by four goals to one thanks to a magnificent performance from Lawrence Shankland who bagged all the goals. Next up was a trip to Partick Thistle, but that didn’t phase United as they ran out 1-2 victors with Shankland getting one this time, along with Peter Pawlett. Shankland was soon on the scoring trail again as his side met Dunfermline, where the attacker struck home twice within twenty minutes of each other to seal three points.
Dundee haven’t quite matched the form of their upcoming opponents, but they are yet to suffer defeat in the Championship this season which is a plus. They began the campaign at Dunfermline by taking home one point from a 2-2 draw, in which they were forced to come back from two goals down in the second half. One week later they took on Ayr United in front of their own supporters and on that occasion it was Andrew Nelson who made sure that maximum points would head the way of his team for the first time this season. Following their defeat in the League Cup to Aberdeen, Dundee played out a scoreless stalemate with Inverness at the weekend.
The hosts have been in fantastic form recently, winning each of their last three games in the league and conceding only two goals while scoring a total of eight in that time. Dundee on the other hand, have not won either of their last two fixtures in all competitions and have hit the net only four times in the league thus far.
United have scored two or more goals in each of their last three matches, netting four times in the first game and then twice in both of the following couple of matchups. Dundee have conceded two or more goals in half of their last four matches.
Dundee United have not beaten Dundee in normal time since May 2015, with their only victory in that time coming from a penalty shoot-out.
Dundee United have not drawn any of their last three matches.
Both teams have scored in each of the previous six encounters between these two.
Centre-back Frederic Frans is expected to sit this one out as he struggles to recover from a groin injury that has prevented him from playing since February last season. Other than that there are no injury worries for the home side. Fans will definitely look to Lawrence Shankland to get the goals in this one, just as they have done in the last three games, with the striker being the only player to have scored more than once so far with seven.
Dundee should have a fully fit squad once again for this game now that Kane Hemmings returned to action in the draw with Inverness away from home, which is a major boost for everyone within the camp. Only two players have gotten amongst the goals up to now, with Danny Johnson striking home on two occasions while Andrew Nelson added to the scoreline once against Ayr United a few weeks ago.