This Fridays game against Hamilton will be the 65th league meeting between the clubs at Dens Park. Dundee hold the bragging rights over the Accies at Dens Park by winning 42 of the 64 games and only losing 9 times.
Despite the odd game here and there, matches involving us and Hamilton have generally been evenly matched and hard to pick a winner. I fully expect this Friday to be no different.
Hamilton’s main threats will come from Ali Crawford and the man we all love to hate, Dougie Imrie. I think Imrie is a walloper of the highest order but give him space on the ball near the goal and he will either score or at least set up an opportunity for a team mate. If we can keep him quiet then there goes Hamilton’s main threat up front.
They managed an impressive draw at Ibrox on the opening day of the season and despite the defeat at the hands of Kilmarnock, they had more than enough chances to claim the win.
Hopefully Dundee will come out all guns blazing after the disappointment of Saturday past vs Rangers. We gave the Gers too much respect and by the time we came out our shell and started going at them, it was too little too late.
Depending on the fitness of Faissal El Bakhtaoui, I would be looking to have him on from the start. He showed some nice touches when he came on as a substitute and offered something different from what we had so hopefully he is being earmarked for his first start in the Dundee line up. Rory Loy struggled with the lone striker role and unless Hartley decides to go two upfront, El Bakhtaoui could be the ideal man to play off Roy. That’s of course if the gaffer decides to stick by him which I think he will.
The defence will be a constant talking point until we bring in a big burly centre half and another full back so they will have to be on their toes here. Young Cammy Kerr was giving a torrid time on the right against Rangers but knowing the player he is, he will use that as a learning curve and not let it get to him. I believe they will be able to cope with what Hamilton have
The big battle will be in midfield though. Come out the victors here and I’m sure we will get all 3 points. Mark O’Hara only continues to impress me and with him and Paul McGowan there, they can be the difference come the end of the game.
Prediction: 2-1 Dundee
DUNDEE were defeated at home to Rangers in the early kick off match last Saturday. The team never got going in the first half and were fortunate to grab a goal back right before the half time whistle after finding their selves 2-0 down. The second half was a vast improvement on what we had to sit through previous and though we still looked like we were lacking concentration in the midfield at times and looked suspect at the back, we pressured the Gers and never sat back giving them the respect we did in the first half. The introduction of Yordi and new boy Faissal offered more upfront but we could not create the opportunity to grab that equaliser.
HAMILTON were unfortunate to lose last weekend at home to Kilmarnock. They had the chances to come away with the 3 points but ultimately they threw away a goal lead to lose 2-1 and are still without a league win so far this season.
Dundee went a staggering 21 homes games without defeat against Hamilton at one point. This was between 16th March 1907 and 15th September 1928.
The Dees once went on an incredible 15 straight wins at home during the 16th March 1907 and 10th February 1923.
The highest scoring match involving the clubs took place 9th May 1987 when Dundee won 7-3 at Dens Park. 3,536 fans turned up for the last game of the season to see goals from John Brown, Rab Shannon, Tommy Coyne, Graham Harvey and a Keith Wright hat-trick.
7 players have scored hat-tricks against the Accies:
Kane Hemmings: 19/12/15
Steve Milne: 3/12/11
James Grady: 29/11/97
Jim Hamilton: 14/4/95
Tommy Coyne: 2/11/88
Keith Wright: 9/5/87
Davie Brown: 7/4/1917
Head To Head Record
Total League Games: 130
Dundee wins: 68
Hamilton Wins: 32
Dundee Goals: 232
Hamilton Goals: 159
Head to Head at Dens Park
Total League Games: 64
Dundee wins: 42
Hamilton Wins: 9
Dundee Goals: 130
Hamilton Goals: 95
Dundee went into this match knowing a defeat would leave them a massive 9 points behind league leaders Hamilton. Of course we all know how that season finished but it could have been so different if this match swung the other way.
It did go our way and we smashed the Accies on their home turf 3-0 thanks to goals from Iain Davidson, Declan Gallagher and Peter MacDonald.
The Dee sat 3 points behind Hamilton that night and would go on to leap frog them at the top the following week.