The return of the Dundee derby back in August proved to be a bit of a damp squib for the Dark Blues, who were beaten 3-0 by their neighbours so as the pair prepare to renew hostilities at Dens Park, revenge will be at the forefront of the minds of Barry Smith and his players.
The SPL’s bottom club however, are Stan James’ 7/2 outsiders for the points, despite home advantage and Dundee United are strong favourites at 10/11 with Paddy Power to rack up another success against their rivals.
Those odds are understandable at first glance, given the duo’s respective league positions but that doesn’t really tell the full story. The hosts, for example lost their first five home matches of the campaign but have since carded back-to-back victories on their own patch, a hint that they might be turning the corner.
The Arabs meanwhile, have picked up three wins in their last four away fixtures so they’re in decent shape on their travels and subsequently, with both teams improving, the shrewd punters will consider Skybet’s 11/4 for the two to cancel each other out and share the spoils.
Peter Houston’s men haven’t exactly been prolific on the road so far and similarly Dundee have, statistically speaking, struggled for goals in their own backyard but again that could lead punters astray as the Terrors’ last five matches have all produced three or more goals and the Dark Blues rattled in three in their last home match against Hibs.
Bet365’s for a tally of over 2.5 goals is too big then at 19/20 and applying that to the potential for a draw lends appeal to a 2-2 scoreline at 15/1 (BetVictor). Finally, in terms of goal scorers, prolific United double-act Johnny Russell (9/2, Stan James) and Jon Daly (11/2, bet365) will definitely be well backed to break the deadlock but the twosome’s excellent form makes them hard to split so it might be worth a couple of quid on the pair at 4/1 with Hills to both strike at any time.