Dundee United vs. Ayr United
Friday 30th November 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm
Tomorrow night (Friday), Ayr United travel north to the City of Discovery to take on Dundee United in a top-of-the-table clash at Tannadice. It is the first of a Friday night TV double-header for the Honest Men, with next week’s fixture at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle also being broadcast live.
Only a win at Tannadice will guarantee Ian McCall’s men hold on to top spot in the Championship this weekend, with Ross County and Dundee United having closed the gap to two points and three points respectively; the Staggies travel to Recreation Park on Saturday to face Alloa Athletic.
United kept a 14th clean sheet of the season in overcoming a spirited Beith Juniors side in the Scottish Cup last weekend and have conceded just once in the last five Championship fixtures on the way to 11 points from a possible 15. Ian McCall will be hoping for another resolute defensive display against his former club on Friday night.
The Opposition: Dundee United come into the match on the back of a 10 day break from competitive action, with their last match versus Alloa Athletic on Tuesday 20th November. A 4-2 against the Wasps made it four wins in-a-row for Robbie Neilson’s side and the former Hearts and MK Dons manager has yet to taste defeat in his new role, only dropping points in a 1- 1 draw against Inverness.
Neilson boasts a host of attacking options, with Slovakian striker Pavol Safranko in particularly fine form with four goals in his last six games, and could be boosted by the return of skipper Fraser Fyvie from injury.
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Team News: Mark Kerr looks set to miss out on a return to face his former club due to a calf strain. Alan Forrest and Jamie Adams remain sidelined while Craig Moore is suspended.
Ian says:”There has been plenty of talk about the form Dundee United are in however we are in good form ourselves and we head there with plenty of confidence. Everyone knows they are a big club in Scotland but we have shown this season that we can match these teams. We have a few injuries to deal with but again we know that we have players more than capable to step into the squad. Its a Friday night game, live on TV with a big crowd, and we are hugely looking forward to it.”
Head to Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 28
Draws – 15
Dundee United wins – 28
The Honest Men have just one victory at Tannadice since 1959, a 1-0 win in the Premier Division in April 1977.
Last Match: Ayr United ended up comfortable 2-0 victors when the sides met earlier in the season at Somerset Park, a match that saw Laurie Ellis takes temporary charge of the Tangerines following the departure of Csaba László. Goals in either half from Lawrence Shankland and Declan McDaid gave The Honest Men the win.
Referee – Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1 – Alastair Mather
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine
Fourth Official – Graham Beaton
Adults – £20
Concessions – £10 (65+, under-18s and FTS with valid matric)
Messages from Dundee United –
Ayr United fans are allocated the West Stand (‘Shed’). Lower tier prices of £20 Adults / £10 Concessions apply and access is through turnstiles 19 and 20. The away coaches can park in Neish Street, which is opposite the ground, those travelling by car will have to park out with the no waiting coned areas around Tannadice as there are no parking facilities for supporters.
Random searching will also take place involving both sets of fans. Surfing flags are not permitted and all other flags will be checked by CCTV to ensure they are neither offensive or derogatory, drums are not permitted in the ground and finally the stadium is a no smoking stadium and includes E cigarettes.