Dundee United will visit Dundee FC at Dens Park in one of the most famous derbies of the Scottish Premiership. Dundee United still sit in the seventh position in the Scottish Premiership standings, while Dundee FC are down in 11th position, two points above the bottom spot.
The hosts are currently winless in their last seven Premiership games and have only 17 points from 22 games. They have won only four times while drawing five and losing on 13 other occasions. They have scored 18 in total while conceding 39, which shows their poor attacking and defensive index. Dundee drew with the bottom of the table St. Johnstone in their most recent game to keep themselves in the bottom two. They come up against a Dundee United side that sits just inside the bottom half after four defeats in their last five matches.
The above visual shows us the shot map for Dundee from their game against St. Johnstone. Dundee attempted a total of nine shots on goal but only generated an xG of 0.21. They had two of their efforts on target, but they did not have a single shot from inside the penalty area. They struggled to create chances in the final third and will have to be more efficient inside the penalty area against Dundee United.
Dundee FC have struggled a lot defensively this season and have conceded the second-highest number of goals so far. They have conceded 39 goals in 22 games and have the lowest win percentage of 16.2% for the defensive duels they have attempted. This indicates that Dundee FC have work to do on both ends of the pitch to get a positive result on Tuesday.
Dundee United, after a fairly decent start to the season, have been disappointing. They were pushed to the seventh after they lost six games in succession. Having suffered six defeats in seven top-flight matches ahead of their trip to Celtic Park, few people would have given Dundee United much chance of keeping the scoreline respectable in Glasgow. However, the Terrors went within minutes of taking points off their hosts, who still found a late winner despite being reduced to 10 men.
They have recorded a win at home over Ross County recently. They scored two goals in that game and showed great spirit to come back from behind to secure all three points to change their course of recent losses. But Dundee United had a similar scenario as Dundee FC, and they struggled to keep a single shot on target against Celtic. They attempted five shots but were not clinical in front of the goal and were wasteful with the chances they created.
Dundee United have had some weaknesses going forward into the final third and have also had weaknesses in their defense. Only two teams have scored fewer goals than Dundee United this season, and one of those teams is their city rivals. The visitors have only scored 18 goals this season, despite having 229 shots on the opposition goal.
Both teams have had their weaknesses defensively as well as in the final third, but Dundee United showed a brave performance against Celtic and will most likely secure a win against Dundee FC, who have been very poor this season. Dundee United will have a chance to revive their Premiership campaign with a win against their rivals on Tuesday.
Dundee predicted starting lineup:
Legzdins; Elliott, Fontaine, Sweeney, Kerr; Anderson, Byrne; McMullan, P. McGowan, L. McGowan; Griffiths.
Dundee United predicted starting lineup:
Siegrist; Neilson, Edwards, McMann; Niskanen, Meekison, Levitt, Harkes, Sporle; Watt, Clark.