After falling to a shock home defeat to bottom club St Mirren in midweek, Dundee United certainly need to return to their winning ways when facing the challenge of in-form Kilmarnock this weekend. The visitors were originally regarded as probable relegation candidates but have been in excellent form recently, with their latest 3-0 home success over Hamilton Academical being their third in a row following the same scorelines on their travels against both St Johnstone and Hearts.
“David [Goodwillie] can be as good as anything in the SPL as far as goalscoring’s concerned,” Arabs boss Peter Houston told BBC Scotland. “If he progresses, keeps his nose clean and works hard at his game, I think he can go even higher than the SPL. If David Goodwillie goes on and plays and scores goals for Scotland against the Faroe Islands then he’s back to doing what he does best. He has improved over the last three or four years and I believe he can play at a level higher than the SPL.”
“If we can break into the top six that would be massive, especially with people at the start of the season tipping us for relegation,” Kilmarnock defender Frazer Wright told BBC Scotland. “Any time you picked up a paper in the build-up to the start of the season it was us or St Mirren that were favourites to go down. So hopefully by the end of the season it would be good to prove people wrong.”
Dundee United Team News:
Dundee United could have Danny Swanson back on the bench after training this week. But Darren Dods, Scott Severin, Mihael Kovacevic and Craig Conway are still missing, while Scott Allen suffered a broken leg in training and will be unavailable for around 6-8 weeks.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Watson, Dixon, Douglas, Kenneth, S. Robertson, D. Robertson, Swanson, Gomis, Buaben, Shala, Cadamarteri, Goodwillie, Russell, Dow, Hill, Mentel, Banks
Player to watch: David Goodwillie
Called into the national squad this week after eight goals in eleven games for United.
Kilmarnock Team News:
Kilmarnock’s Frazer Wright should recover from a knock collected in the midweek win against Hamilton. Long-term casualties James Dayton and Alan Combe are still on the sidelines.
Kilmarnock (from): Bell, Sissoko, Gordon, Wright, Hamill, Bryson, Pascali, Silva, Invincibile, Kelly, Eremenko, Forrester, Miguel, Sammon, Clancy, Letheren, Hay, Taouil
Player to watch: Conor Sammon
Four goals in his last three games for the big Dublin-born striker.
Match Facts & Stats
The two clubs suffered very contrasting fortunes on Wednesday, with the Arabs losing 2-1 at home to bottom club St Mirren and Kilmarnock comfortably seeing off Hamilton 3-0 at Rugby Park.