Partick Thistle will hope to leapfrog Dundee as the sides meet in a mid-table SPL clash.
The Jags remain on a great run of form and have not only picked up 13 points from their last six games, but they also booked a spot in the Scottish Cup fifth round as goals from Danny Seaborne and David Amoo gave them a well deserved victory at St. Mirren last time out.
The Glasgow outfit went down to their first League defeat in seven the weekend before, but it took a late, late Celtic winner to deny them a point. In fact, the game was into its final added seconds when Leigh Griffiths struck for the Celts. What a sickener.
But you can rest assured that the blip won’t knock Thistle out of their stride as they belief is there in the squad that they can haul themselves up the table into the top six.
They are proving difficult to score against and have conceded just 24 in the League all season but on the other hand they aren’t setting the scoring charts alight either, with their 19 goal haul just one more than basement strugglers Dundee United.
So while boss Alan Archibald has clearly got things right in the defensive half of the pitch, his players need to start hitting the back of the net with a bit more regularity to make them a convincing proposition in the upper reaches of the table.
However, in a game that is traditionally a low scoring affair – neither side has scored more than once against each other in their last five meetings – it’s fairly safe to say that you shouldn’t expect a glut of goals here. The odds are it will be settled by the odd goal and the Jags are the bookies hot favourites to win it.
The odds won’t bother Dark Blues boss Paul Hartley, though. His side face Falkirk on Tuesday evening as they look to join the Firhill side in the fifth round and he is likely to make some changes for that game in order to keep his side fresh for Saturday’s encounter.
They won the Dundee derby 2-1 last time out as they bounced back from a 5-2 mauling at the hands of Ross County and with a 4-0 win over Hamilton their only other success in the last ten games, Hartley will be looking for some kind of return.
Granted, his team have drawn four of those games, but Hartley will be expecting his team to put together a run in the new year to make a challenge on those top six positions. They are only two points adrift of Inverness Caledonian Thistle in sixth spot and a win would take Dundee five points clear of the Jags – albeit having played a game more.
The 31 goals they’ve hit this season is much more convincing, however they’ve let in 36 at the other end so an entertaining, open encounter could be on the cards.
Partick Thistle Recent Form WWWDLW
Dundee Recent Form DLLWLW
07/11/2015 Dundee 1 Partick Thistle 1
12/09/2015 Partick Thistle 0 Dundee 1
14/02/2015 Dundee 1 Partick Thistle 0
20/12/2014 Partick Thistle 1 Dundee 1
16/08/2014 Dundee 1 Partick Thistle 1
Partick Thistle (4-4-2) Cerny, Dumbuya, Lindsay, Seaborne, Booth, Osman, Edwards, Lawless, Amoo, Bannigan, Doolan.
Dundee (4-3-3) – Bain, McGinn, Gadzhalov, Konrad, K Holt, Kerr, McGowan, Low, Hemmings, Loy, Harkins.
Partick Thistle: none.
Dundee: McPake (inj), Etxabeguren (inj).