Last week was a disappointing draw in my book but it was still another point for a team that I feel are just a few games away from clicking. This comment may draw some sarcastic remarks from a few fans who maybe feel that the team have had enough time to do so but you can never put a time frame on this type of thing. I believe we have a good team and once we find that creative spark upfront we are missing, everything will fall into place.
We haven’t defeated Aberdeen in the League in twelve years. Ok I know that we haven’t been in the same league as the Dons for something like nine of them years but it’s a stat that still stands. Our last victory against the Dandy Dons came way back on the 18th December 2004 when a Neil Barrett strike ensured all three points stayed at Dens Park. Since that game it has been five draws and seven defeats for us. Last season was basically a clean sweep for them as they won all three games against us without conceding a single goal.
If truth be told and if you know the history of this fixture, our record against our neighbours up North is nothing short of dire. We have had some good periods here and there against them down the years but overall, they have been the superior team.
So how do I see this Sundays game going? I see this as our toughest test so far this season and it will be take a huge team effort to come away with the victory.
Kevin Gomis is out through suspension while Darren O’Dea will be giving until the last minute to prove his fitness. Gomis has only been in the team for two games so replacing him with Julen or Kosta doesn’t worry me as both are capable of coming in a doing a job. The absence of Darren O’Dea does worry me though as he has been one of our top performers and a real class act.
Assuming that O’Dea is declared fit or their replacements stick to their tasks, if our midfield and forward line can find that spark to link up and create some clear cut chances then we will be in with a great shout of recording a long overdue win.
I would though take a draw here even if it meant it would be our fourth in six games. Aberdeen may have not started as strongly as they normally do but they still have a very good side and their attacking force is one that every team in Scotland should fear when they are firing on all cylinders.
So a draw would be my prediction. Anything more would be a tremendous result for us.
LAST GAME AT DENS PARK
Two goals in the opening twenty-five minutes saw Aberdeen win this game comfortably and meant that Dundee had only won one match in nine.
Bain, McGinn, McPake, Etxabeguren, Holt, Ross, McGowan, Low, Stewart, Loy, Hemmings
Irvine, Konrad, Mitchell, Calder, Gadzhalov, Harkins, Skelly
Ward, Logan, Reynolds, Taylor, Considine, Hayes, Flood, McLean, Shinnie, McGinn, Rooney
Smith, Pawlett, Goodwillie, Brown, Jack, Storie, Ross
Recent Record vs Aberdeen
Last 5 games at Dens Park: LDDLD
Last 5 games at both grounds: LLLDD
Head to Head League Record
Total Games: 205
Dundee wins: 41
Aberdeen Wins: 98
Dundee Goals: 231
Aberdeen Goals: 343
Head to Head League Record at Dens Park
Total Games: 102
Dundee wins: 25
Aberdeen Wins: 42
Dundee Goals: 132
Aberdeen Goals: 180
The first ever game between both clubs took place at Dens Park on the 18th November 1905.
Dundee won this match 6-0 and remains our highest score against Aberdeen along with another 6-0 victory which took place in the League Cup on the 3rd September 1960.
The first ever hat-trick in this fixture goes to Dundee and it also happened on the 1st ever league meeting between the club. Jimmy McLuckie was (pardon the pun) the lucky player to achieve this.
Dundee once went 34 games without a League win vs the Dons! This happened between 29th September 1979 to 31st December 1988. Our record during this period was P34 W0 D8 L26.
Alan Gilzean heads the record of Dundee top goalscorer in this fixture with 15 goals in all cup competitions.
Andy Penman sits second on that list with 9 goals in all competitions.
Aberdeen 0-2 Dundee, 14th October 2000
We go all the way back to the year 2000, to a game every Dundee fan will no doubt remember. We take you back to Claudio Caniggia’s debut.
CC33 signing for Dundee was the stuff that dreams were made of. We can harp on about the effects of this era but the capture of this Argentinian World cup star was spectacular and thrust the club and city into the spotlight.
Ivano Bonetti scored his 1st ever goal for the Dee with a spectacular strike to put Dundee ahead.
CC33 would start on the bench for us but it wasn’t long until he was brought on replacing Steve Milne. Gavin Rae would then be ordered off in the second half but that incident wouldn’t ruin the fairytale ending.
Claudio would of course score a goal in the dying minutes when he coolly slotted the ball home for a debut goal, sending the massive 3,000 travelling Derry wild that their new hero had started his new Dundee career with a goal.
This game was also notable for being Robert Douglas’s last game before his big money move to Celtic. He signed off with a clean sheet and a standing ovation from the Dundee support.
The team that day was:
Douglas, Smith, Marrocco, de Marchi, Tweed, Artero, Bonetti, Rae, Romano, Sara, Milne
Langfield, Yates, Nemsadze, Caniggia.