Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Wednesday February 16 2011
Wed 16th Feb
Dundee United are back in action at Tannadice against bottom club Hamilton Academical on Wednesday evening. However, the game is subject to a pitch inspection following heavy rain in the local area over the past 24 hours. The Tangerines already have a number of games to make up on other clubs and will be desperately keen for the fixture to proceed as scheduled.
"Hamilton are struggling a wee bit for points, I think that makes them more dangerous," confessed Terrors manager Peter Houston to BBC Scotland. "They are a wounded animal and I think that could make them go on to do exceptionally well. We beat them in the Scottish Cup recently but it's a different game and we have a lot of work to do. In an SPL game it's going to be tight. They will probably sit in a bit and try and hit us on the counter-attack."
"We've got a lot of work to do and with everyone starting to write us off I'm quite happy with that," Hamilton boss Billy Reid told BBC Scotland. "Every game is a cup final for us at the moment. We need to try and take points in every game. It's a place where we've done fairly well in recent seasons. We can go there and get a win."
Skipper Jon Daly will definitely miss the game after it was revealed that he needs a hernia operation and will be sidelined for around six weeks. The hosts also have doubts over both Craig Conway and Morgaro Gomis, while defenders Mihael Kovacevic, Darren Dods and Scott Severin are still out through injury.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Kenneth, Van der Meulen, Watson, Douglas, Swanson, Gomis, Conway, Buaben, Armstrong, S. Robertson, D. Robertson, Conway, Goodwillie, Russell, Shala, Banks
Lively when coming on against Celtic at the weekend and needs to get back in the starting eleven as soon as possible.
Hamilton are without Simon Mensing, Alex Neil and James Gibson and they could be joined on the sidelines by forward Dougie Imrie, who is considered doubtful.
Hamilton Academical (from): Cerny, Buchanan, Canning, McLaughlin, Graham, Casalinuovo, Kilday, Carrington, Routledge, Antoine-Curier, Imrie, Wildig, M. Paixao, F. Paixao, McAlister, Murdoch, Skelton, Elebert, Elliot, Chambers
Scored what proved only a consolation in the recent Scottish Cup tie between the clubs.
Dundee United earned a comfortable 3-1 victory at Hamilton in the Scottish Cup earlier this month but then lost at home to Celtic in their last game. Hamilton are also on the back of a defeat in front of their own supporters as Hearts ran out 2-0 winners last time out.
Date:Wednesday February 16 2011
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