Dundee United vs. Ayr United
Tuesday 28th March 2017, Kick-off 7.45pm
Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United travel north to face Dundee United looking to extend their good run of form which has seen them win three of their last four games. Saturday’s come-from-behind victory over Dumbarton saw the Honest Men draw level on points with the Sons in 8th place and four points ahead of St Mirren. Three points would see Ian McCall’s side climb to seventh, above Dumbarton and Raith Rovers.
Dundee United lifted the Irn-Bru League Challenge Cup with a 2-1 win over St. Mirren at Fir Park on Saturday but have seen their Championship form falter in recent weeks. Ray McKinnon’s side were top of league on Christmas Day, however, just one win in 10 league games since has seen them drop to 4th position, four points behind Morton and Falkirk.
The Tannadice side have lost just one home game season, a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Hibernian earlier this month.
Team News: Declan McDaid and Jamie Adams wont travel, everyone else is available.
Ian McCall says: “We are on a good run of form even if at times it hasn’t been pretty. At this stage of the season its all about results and we have picked up a few recently. In our last game with Dundee United we outplayed them at Somerset even though we lost the match so we know we can get a result and we are going there to try and win.”
Head-to-Head (League competition):
Ayr United wins – 27
Draws – 14
Dundee United wins –27
Ayr’s last league win over Dundee United came at Tannadice in April 1977 during a seven match unbeaten run in the Premier League which went a long way to ensuring the Honest Men avoided joining KIlmarnock in being relegated from the top flight.
Last meeting: Dundee United have won both meetings between the side this season to nil. It was 1-0 at Somerset Park in December when Tope Obadeyi netting a breakaway goal early in the game while the reverse fixture at Tannadice in August ended 3-0 to the home side. Simon Murray, Jamie Robson and Willo Flood were on the scoresheet for the Terrors.
On this day: in 1953, Ayr United defeated Forfar Athletic 8-1 at Somerset Park with trialist Andy Torrance netting five goals in his only appearance for the club.
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee 1 – Joseph Lawson
Assistant Referee 2 – Scott Leslie
Adults – £20
Concessions – £10
Ayr fans will occupy the West Stand (‘The Shed’).