Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC will be looking to build on their recent unbeaten run of results as they travel to Tannadice to face Dundee Utd in the Ladbrokes Championship.
ICTFC were unlucky to only come away with a point in their last outing against Falkirk, with them creating many chances in the second half. They now face another tough away match against Dundee Utd, who beat the Caley Jags 1-0 on the opening day of the season in a tight encounter.
Referee : Willie Collum - Assistants : Brian Templeton & David Burns
John Robertson has said the following in the build to the game: “There’s no easy fixtures, there’s no easy games, they are all as important as each other and all difficult on their own merit. United have started the season well, they’re favourites but they slipped up last week.”
“We had a good game against them at the start of the season and we intend to go down there, with the confidence the lads gained from last week’s performance should set us in fine stead and we want to go down there and win the match. We’ve said all season, there’s not been a great deal wrong with our performances apart from the fact we haven’t picked up the points we’ve deserved but you don’t get anything handed to you on a plate, you’ve got to go out and earn it and that’s what we’ve got to start doing.”
“They’re at home and they’ve not been hitting the heights that perhaps their fans would expect or perhaps their manager would expect but they are still picking up points and are up at the top end of the table. They keep things tight at the back and tend to win tight matches.
“We’re expecting to go down there and look after ourselves. In the position we are in we can’t afford to look at anything apart from our own failings and positives, we’ve taken huge steps positivly in the last few matches in terms of our defending; and our attacking play has been excellent in two of those matches. Now we just need to turn those chances into goals; and once those goals start going in when we’re keeping clean sheets we’ll start to move up the table.”
Dundee Utd currently sit 4th in the Ladbrokes Championship, four points behind leaders St Mirren.
United have a squad full of players that have played at Premiership level including Willo Flood, Fraser Fyvie, Billy King and Scott McDonald.
They are managed by former United player Ray McKinnon, who took over in the summer of 2016 after the club were relegated to the Championship, with him having to rebuild the squad.
United were the bookies favourites to be promoted before the start of the season and have made a steady start.
ICTFC : The squad will remain largely the same as last weekend with Owain Fon Williams (Calf), Felitciano Zschusschen (Knee) and Collin Seedorf (ankle) all remain out.
Gary Warren and Charlie Trafford trained with casts on after both suffering fractured thumbs, and both will return to the squad this weekend.
Aaron Doran and Zak Elbouzedi are back in full training but still need friendly matches before being considered for the first team selection.
Head to Head : Dundee Utd Wins : 17 - Draws : 17 - ICTFC Wins : 14
Last Meeting : ICTFC 0-1 Dundee Utd (August 5th 2017)
In the first game of the season, United ran out 1-0 winners with Paul McMullan getting the only goal, in the first half, from the penalty spot.
Joe Chalmers was judged to have fouled McMullan in the box and the United striker stepped up and scored.
|D||Falkirk (A) 0-0||L||Livingston (A) 0-2|
|W||Peterhead (H) 3-0||W||Linfield (H) 1-0|
|D||Queen of the South (H) 0-0||W||Dunfermline (A) 3-1|
|L||Livingston (H) 1-3||W||Morton (H) 2-1|
|L||St Mirren (A) 4-2||D||Falkirk (A) 0-0|
|W||Aberdeen U20s (A) 4-2||D||Dumbarton (H) 1-1|
Dundee Utd (v Livingston) : Lewis, Flood, Edjenguele, Durnan, Robson, McMullan, Fyvie, Briels (Stanton 34), King (N’Koyi 73), Keatings, McDonald.
ICTFC (v Falkirk) : Ridgers, Raven, Mckay, Donaldson, Tremarco, Mulraney (D.Mackay 85) , Polworth, Vigurs, Chalmers, Bell, Baird.