Kick Off:- 19:45 GMT, Wednesday 16 March 2011
Tannadice Stadium, Dundee
Dundee United boss Peter Houston took a lot of positives from his team’s performance in the Cup draw with Motherwell, including an outstanding midfield performance from Danny Swanson, and a superb overhead-kick goal from the always-excellent David Goodwillie. The Arabs will certainly be looking to take that form into this game against the Jambos.
Hearts didn’t have a weekend fixture, having being put out of the cup two rounds ago, at home to St Johnstone, and having lost at home last time out, they’ll be keen to get on with this game to put that right.
Dundee United’s last 5 game record reads…
[Dundee United’s score first]
13 March Home 2-2 vs Motherwell (Scottish Cup)
10 March Home 2-1 vs Hamilton Academical (SPL)
7 March Home 3-1 vs Aberdeen (SPL)
1 March Away 0-2 vs Inverness Caledonian Thistle (SPL)
26 February Away 1-1 vs Hamilton Academical (SPL)
Hearts’ last 5 game record reads…
[Hearts’ score first]
5 March Home 0-2 vs Kilmarnock (SPL)
26 February Away 0-0 vs Aberdeen (SPL)
19 February Home 2-1 vs Dundee United (SPL)
12 February Away 2-0 vs Hamilton Academicals (SPL)
2 February Away 0-1 vs Rangers (SPL)
Dundee United will be desperate to win this as, if they do, it will see them climb above Kilmarnock and into 4th spot in the table. Not to mention it will be another game in hand out of the way. They will still have one more to play after this and now they’ve got a cup replay at Motherwell to attend to as well. The games are coming thick and fast for the Arabs, but while they’re winning and performing they won’t mind that.
Hearts are now stick-ons for 3rd place. There’s no way they can catch the Old Firm above them and they are too far ahead of the teams below them for anyone to realistically catch them. Manager Jim Jeffries doesn’t think like that though and it’s highly unlikely that he will allow his players to let up.
Another Tannadice thriller in prospect, with United playing some great stuff just now, having the home advantage, and keen to overhaul Killie, while Hearts on the other hand, need to erase the memory of that home defeat to Kilmarnock and get back to winning ways.
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