Dundee United v Hibernian
Sat 30th Oct
Three successive defeats have certainly proved a setback for the Arabs over the past fortnight, but they will be hopeful of turning things around when Hibernian visit Tannadice this weekend. Manager Peter Houston has bemoaned plenty of bad luck as his side have been hit by more injuries, own goals and a couple of late winners against them of late. Opponents Hibernian will be under the stewardship of their recently-appointed manager Colin Calderwood.
"We're not getting any luck at the moment," Dundee United manager Peter Houston told The Scotsman. "Look at last Saturday's Motherwell game. We scored two own goals. We've been losing goals late on in games in unfortunate circumstances and minor mistakes are being punished. But I've told the boys it will turn again for us. We'll soon start getting the break of the ball again if we continue to work hard."
"A team of that [Dundee United's] level you don`t often see that run of defeats, so it`s got to be a slight advantage," Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood told the Glasgow Evening Times. "But they look a good group of professional footballers, I`m quite impressed with what I see with them. If you`re above United, you`ll definitely be in the top six come the end of the season."
Dundee United Team News:
Winger Craig Conway and defenders Scott Severin, Darren Dods and Mihael Kovacevic are all struggling to make it this weekend. But midfielder Danny Swanson is finally back in the squad after only managing less than five minutes of action so far this season.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Watson, Kenneth, Severin, Dixon, Douglas, Gomis, D. Robertson, S. Robertson, Buaben, Conway, Goodwillie, Daly, Cadamarteri, Shala, Russell, Hill, Dow, Banks, Kovacevic
Player to watch: Jon Daly
Skipper hoping to get the Arabs back on track after recent disappointments in both league and cup.
Hibernian Team News:
Hibernian striker Colin Nish is expected to miss out with an ankle injury, while David Wotherspoon also remains a serious doubt. Graham Stack (back), Merouane Zemmama (knee) and Darryl Duffy (foot) are already unavailable.
Hibernian (from): Brown, Wotherspoon, Hogg, Bamba, De Graaf, Miller, Rankin, Nish, Riordan, Hanlon, Thicot, Stevenson, Galbraith, Dickoh, Grounds, McBride, Murray, Smith
Player to watch: Kevin McBride
Influential performer in the Hibernian midfield.
Match Facts & Stats
Three successive defeats for the Arabs against Motherwell (twice) and Celtic, while Hibernian lost 4-2 at Aberdeen last week.
Dundee United - Hamilton (A); Hibernian - Hearts (H)