When Rangers’ demotion saw Dundee elevated to the top flight, Dark Blues supporters’ first action will have been to check the fixture list to see when their side were due to lock horns with rivals Dundee United.
They haven’t had to wait long, since they were promoted at least, for the first derby showdown since 2005 but they could be left wishing their neighbourly disputes remained off the agenda this afternoon because the Terrors look a banker for all three points at Tannadice.
Stan James make Peter Houston’s troops emphatic 1/2 favourites to send their foes back over the road with their tails between their legs while the visitors are as high as 13/2 courtesy of BetVictor to plunder a maximum haul and it’s easy to see why.
Admittedly Dundee United were hammered 5-0 in Moscow last time out but that was over a week ago and domestically they look in good shape having won their opener 3-0, whereas Barry Smith’s boys are yet to score this season, in three matches, one of those against Peterhead.
The old adage that the formbook goes out of the window in a derby match should be ignored then, with punters set for a healthy return if they back the hosts at 13/8 with Ladbrokes to beat the goal shy Dark Blues ‘to nil’.
Alternatively, a 2-0 triumph for the Terrors is 6/1 at Betfred, Stan James rate the home side at 6/5 to be in possession of a lead at the end of each half and Skybet make United 5/4 in the handicaps where they kick off a goal in arrears.
In attack meanwhile, Jon Daly found the target against Hibs a fortnight ago and he can follow that up by making an impact in this clash as well. BetVictor chalk the 29-year-old Irishman up at 4/1 to break the deadlock and he’s evens at Stan James to strike at any stage.