Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Saturday January 29 2011
Sun 30th Jan
Dundee United welcome Hibernian to Tannadice on Sunday afternoon looking to turn a recent succession of draws into victories. The Tangerines have suffered only one defeat in their last dozen games but have drawn eight of their previous nine fixtures. Hibernian are currently in freefall after the optimism of their emphatic 3-0 triumph at then SPL leaders Rangers back in November has since been followed by a dreadful sequence of eleven games without a victory, to leave them only three points clear of relegation.
"What I`d like us to do is start matches like we have been finishing them," Dundee United boss Peter Houston told The Press and Journal. "If we can then we`ll start turning draws into wins. The first goal is very important and we have found at our cost we`ve had to chase games. It would be nice to get back to scoring the first goal. But we have been making it hard for ourselves by losing goals and having to chase games."
"We've got to persevere and give our all and in the end we'll come through it," Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood assured BBC Scotland. "Games against the teams close to us - Hamilton, St Mirren - they might have an extra edge, but divide it by 38."
Skipper Jon Daly and midfielder Scott Robertson both return from suspension after being sent-off at Kilmarnock. Manager Peter Houston was also hoping Morgaro Gomis would shake-off a recent knock, especially as he is still without Darren Dods, Scott Severin, Danny Swanson and Paul Dixon.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Kenneth, Watson, Douglas, Gomis, Conway, Buaben, Armstrong, S. Robertson, D. Robertson, Conway, Daly, Goodwillie, Russell, Banks, Dow, Smith
The midfielder netted his first goal of the season to rescue a late point at St Mirren in midweek.
Hibernian could hand debuts to Martin Scott, Matt Thornhill and Victor Palsson. But Kevin McCann is definitely out due to returning from a recent loan spell at Inverness Caledonian Thistle with a knee injury. Richie Towell should continue after arriving on loan from Celtic.
Hibernian (from): Stack, Hart, Hogg, Murray, Zemmama, De Graaf, Nish, Riordan, Rankin, Dickoh, Thicot, Stevenson, McBride, Duffy, Hanlon, Smith, Galbraith, Trakys, Wotherspoon, Thornhill, Brown, Miller, Towell, Scott, Palsson
Eight goals so far this season for the former Celtic striker - but none since Boxing Day.
Draws have been a speciality for the home side since the turn of the year with them sharing the points against Kilmarnock, St Mirren and Aberdeen, although those games were all away from home. Their only home fixture produced their solitary league victory against Motherwell. Lowly Hibernian are on an awful run at the moment of four straight defeats and twelve games since their last win.
Date:Saturday January 29 2011
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