The Scottish Championship is underway and this Friday, Partick Thistle will welcome Dundee United to the Firhill Stadium for the second game of the season. The hosts kicked off their season with a draw, so they will certainly be hoping to secure a win sooner rather than later. However, Dundee will be tough opponents after they kicked off their season with a strong win over Inverness CT. The last time these sides met at the Firhill Stadium, Partick Thistle took the three points with a 2-1 win.
Partick Thistle will be hoping they can secure three points on Friday and bounce back to winning ways after picking up a 1-1 draw with Alloa Athletic on the opening day of the season. Before drawing to Alloa Athletic, Partick Thistle had secured three wins from their previous four games, alongside one defeat. The first of the four fixtures saw Patrick secure a narrow 1-0 win over Airdrieonians, which was followed by a second win against Queen’s Park, who they beat 2-1. The hosts were unable to make it three wins on the bounce after they suffered a defeat to Hamilton on penalties, but they bounced back in the following fixture with a 3-2 win over Clyde.
Dundee United head into this game having won three of their previous five games alongside two defeats. Stenhousemuir was the first team to suffer a defeat to the Terrors after losing 2-1 and they then went on to beat Cowdenbeath 3-0 in the following game. Dundee could not make it three wins on the bounce though when they faced East Fife, losing 2-1. However, United did manage to secure three points on the opening day of the season, thrashing Inverness CT 4-1 in the standout result of the opening weekend of the Championship season.
Gary Caldwell will be able to select his strongest XI on Friday with his side not suffering from any injuries or suspensions. We are expecting to see Partick Thistle line up with the same 3-4-3 formation we saw them use against Alloa Athletic. We are likely to see Joe Cardle keep his spot in the side after the forward bagged his sides only goal in their last outing.
Dundee United got off to a flying start in their opening game of the season, so we are expecting to see a very similar lineup this Friday. Robbie Neilson is expected to stick with the same 4-4-2 formation, with both Lawrence Shankland and Nicky Clark starting upfront. Shankland had a superb opening game and sits as the league’s top goalscorer after the forward bagged four goals on the opening weekend. The only player that will be unavailable for Dundee United this Friday is Frederic Frans, who is out through injury.
This fixture has the making of a close game with both sides very evenly matched, however, after Dundee United’s impressive opening game win we are backing them to take the three points. When these sides met last season, all four fixtures saw both sides score and over 2.5 goals scored during 90 minutes. Lawrence Shankland scored four in his last game and looks in good shape to make the scoresheet again.