Dundee United return to the scene of their recent Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat when taking on Motherwell at Fir Park. The Tangerines rallied magnificently at the weekend to put a severe dent in Rangers’ title chances following a superb 3-2 victory at Ibrox. That was sufficient to keep them in fourth place in the table and three points clear of nearest challengers Kilmarnock with still a game in hand.
“We face two really tough games against Dundee United at home and Hearts away,” Motherwell boss Stuart McCall told BBC Scotland. “We might have enough points now or we might need to win both games so it will be our aim to do that. You just don’t know with two games left, there are a lot of teams in there. They are huge games for us.”
“They have knocked us out of both cups and we have lost a league match there as well,” Dundee United manager Peter Houston told BBC Scotland. “We will also have to look at the state of the pitch and decide if it is conducive to our passing game. It might mean we have to adopt a different approach but I also think we cannot just knock the ball from back to front all the time. We will have to mix it up and ensure that we are on the second balls which was something we did not do last week.”
Motherwell Team News:
Motherwell have selection problems with Francis Jeffers struggling with a hamstring injury and midfielder Keith Lasley also a doubt after suffering a slight knock. Gavin Gunning is definitely missing with a damaged shoulder and Steve Jennings is suspended.
Motherwell (from): Randolph, Saunders, Ross, Hammell, Hutchinson, Craigan, Lasley, Hateley, Murphy, Jones, Humphrey, Sutton, McHugh, Casagolda, Page, Forbes, Meechan, Hollis
Player to watch: Chris Humphrey
He opened the scoring in the 2-1 success against Aberdeen at the weekend.
Dundee United Team News:
Defender Garry Kenneth is back in contention after recovering from a knee problem, while Scott Severin is also pushing for a recall at the back. Experienced campaigner Darren Dods is though still ruled out.
Dundee Utd (from): Pernis, Dillon, Dixon, Watson, Kenneth Van der Meulen, Severin, Douglas, Buaben, Gomis, Conway. D. Robertson, S. Robertson, Swanson, Daly, Shala, Russell, Goodwillie, Dow, Hill, Banks
Player to watch: David Goodwillie
More praise from his manager after netting his late winner in the 3-2 win at Rangers.
Match Facts & Stats
Motherwell comfortably overcame their latest opponents 3-0 in their Scottish Cup quarter-final replay last week. They followed it by edging past visitors Aberdeen at the weekend while the Taysiders were defying the odds to clinch a sensational 3-2 win at Rangers.