Dundee Preview

Last updated : 10 April 2003 By Firparkcorner

Dundee, for all their nice play this season, are only in the top six by one point. And when you consider how mediocre Hibs have been lately, and for them to be in with a chance of making the top half at the Dee’s expense, it suggests the Tayside men lack a certain something.

Of course, Dundee are on an excellent run right now. They have not lost since the winter break and confidence will be sky high. Hibs are at home to Livingston so a home win at Easter Road might mean that all of Dundee’s good work in the league goes to waste – unless they beat us.

But beating us will not be easy. They had the better of the last meeting, a 1-1 draw at Dens, but they were fortunate to escape from Fir Park with a 1-1 in October.

Stephen Pearson will miss his third match in a four game ban and Tony Vaughan will join him in the stand. Shaun Fagan was injured in an U21 game and will be out for the rest of the season. There is the possibility of McFadden dropping back to midfield to give us some creativity in the middle of the park but it seems more likely that Terry Butcher will stick with the almost the same team that played last Saturday. Dundee will want to play football and will come looking for the win – if we can fill the midfield with grit and break their rhythm, we are in with a chance.

We will be second favourites going into this match and Dundee will fancy their chances of winning. But most teams have struggled on the woeful Fir Park pitch and their footballers will be hassled for 90 minutes. Will that be enough?

Here’s hoping – 2-1 ‘Well.

Do you remember the last time Dundee were at Fir Park?