The last game between the sides was an astonishing 4-5 reversal at Fir Park. We had the game in the bag but a ten minute period of insanity cost us dear. It is worth remembering though that the defence which fell apart that day was the unusual combination of Hammell, Quinn, Craigan and Keogh, backed by Meldrum in goal. We still have our defensive problems but it is unlikely we will be as generous to United again.
Alan McCormack came back into the side for the Aberdeen cup tie and he adds a lot when available. Hopefully he will now be fully fit as his tackling and defensive qualities adds balance to a midfield which occasionally looks weak. Brian Kerr will no doubt be the main man for us in the middle of the park and he will look to create for the regular striking partnership of McDonald and Hamilton.
United do not have their problems to seek. Despite only being in the job officially since May, his inconsistent team selection and tactics have riled both the board and supporters. Talented David Fernandez has not been producing constantly whilst even future star Mark Wilson has looked out of place. Their cause will be further hampered this weekend by the absence of Peter Canero and Grant Brebner struggling through injury.
This is a match which could well be close but if we can continue with our new self belief in defence there is no reason why we should not be looking to take three points. An early goal for us could kill the game and will hopefully lead to a smooth 3-0 victory.