Dundee United will once again be looking to grind out a result when travelling to take on Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Arabs manager Peter Houston has already conceded his team aren’t playing at their best, but won’t especially care if they can take maximum points again this weekend to add to their recent home triumph against St Johnstone.
“This is a very tough match for us against Dundee United and plenty spirit will be required,” Kilmarnock manager Mixu Paatelainen told BBC Sport. “In the centre half department they are very strong with good defenders. The full backs are excellent at defending and they like to get forward and provide quality crosses for their strikers. Their midfielders are all good footballers – they make things happen. Up front they’ve got power in Daly, who’s good in the air and a good target man. And then they’ve got Goodwillie, a very bright prospect and talent and scoring goals regularly. We are facing a very tough match.”
“We’re not playing great football every week at the moment, which is understandable considering the likes of Conway and Danny Swanson are missing,” Arabs chief Peter Houston told BBC Sport. “But we’ve picked up a few decent results lately and want to keep that going against Killie. Mixu’s signings have done really well. He has brought in some good quality, the guy Eremenko has been a revelation and Connor Sammon is having a new lease of life, so we’re in for another battle.”
Kilmarnock Team News:
Killie are still without their long-term injury victims Alan Combe, James Dayton and James Fowler, but don’t have any fresh selection concerns.
Kilmarnock (from): Bell, Wright, Sissoko, Kelly, Gordon, Hamill, Bryson, Pascali, Silva, Invincibile, Eremenko, Clancy, Forrester, Sammon, Letheren, Miguel, Hay
Player to watch: Aleksei Eremenko
Nominated as one-to-watch by Arabs boss Peter Houston.
Dundee United Team News:
The Arabs will include their commanding centre-back Garry Kenneth after he recovered from a nasty head wound. But they will be without fellow defender Barry Douglas because of a calf strain, while Craig Conway and Danny Swanson both continue to be sidelined.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dixon, Dillon, Watson, Dods, Severin, Kenneth, Gomis, Buaben, S. Robertson, D. Robertson, Cadamarteri, Daly, Goodwillie, Shala, Russell, Hill, Dow, Banks
Player to watch: David Goodwillie
Already singled out as a serious threat by opposition manager Mixu Paatelainen.
Match Facts & Stats
Kilmarnock – Hibernian (A); Dundee United – Celtic (H)