Dundee United return from their midweek European exploits to entertain newly-promoted Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Tannadice on Sunday afternoon.
However, manager Peter Houston will be keen for his players to keep all thoughts of Athens out of their minds and instead build upon their late draw in their SPL opener at St Mirren last week.
Skipper Jon Daly was their saviour on that occasion with a last-minute equaliser after the visitors had dominated proceedings for long stages. But football being the great leveller that it always is, Daly then missed the Arabs’ only real chance against AEK Athens five days later.
“We have a big game on Sunday. I watched Inverness on TV against Celtic and, although they lost, I thought, especially in the first half, they did really well,” Arabs midfielder Craig Conway told the Press and Journal. “It will be a tough game but we have to start winning at home. We did all right away last week but we have to make Tannadice a fortress because we weren’t great here at times last year.”
“The lads didn’t really enjoy the second half against Celtic last week but certainly enjoyed the first 45 and it’s given us something to build on for this week and the season,” Inverness manager Terry Butcher told BBC Sport. “We’re up against teams now who have finished second and third last season so it’s a fantastic test for us and we want to do well. We’ve got to play these kinds of teams at some stage of the season so may as well face them early on. We went to the city of Dundee last season but this time it’s different and we’re back in the big time on the other side of the road so it’s exciting.”
Dundee United Team News:
Midfielder Danny Swanson could appear for the first time this season after shaking off an Achilles problem. Manager Peter Houston may decide to change things to ensure there is no hangover from the Thursday night loss to AEK Athens.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Dods, Watson, Kenneth, Dixon, Douglas, Swanson, Buaben, S. Robertson, D. Robertson, Gomis, Conway, Daly, Myrie-Williams, Cadamarteri, Shala, Casalinuovo, Banks
Player to watch: Scott Robertson
Key performer in midfield who will looking to bounce back from midweek disappointment.
Inverness CT Team News:
Skipper Richie Foran is still out with a knee injury and defender Chris Innes is serving the final match of a suspension. Midfielder Gil Blumenshtein damaged a calf muscle on his debut last week and is also ruled out.
Inverness (from): Esson, McCann, Tokely, Munro, Gillet, Cox, Duncan, Hayes, Ross, Odhiambo, Rooney, Proctor, Tuffey, Golabek, Sanchez, Sutherland, McBain, Morrison
Player to watch: Ryan Esson
Goalkeeper who was a major contributor while keeping the score down against Celtic last week.
Match Facts & Stats
Dundee United – AEK Athens (A); Inverness – Hamilton (H)