Match Preview

St Johnstone vs Dundee
McDiarmid Park, KO 12pm
23rd October 2016

Referee: Andrew Dallas
Linesmen: Graham Chambers, Andy Milne
Fourth official: William Collum

Dundee make the short trip to Perth to play St Johnstone, with the club in dire need of a win. The team have currently gone eight games without a victory and are hoping to avoid making it five straight defeats.

Dundee slumped to the bottom of the table last weekend after losing by two goals too nil at Tynecastle but they could have easily got something out of the game. St Johnstone also lost out to the unfancied Kilmarnock who defeated them 1-0 at home.

Last season, Dundee remained undefeated against the Saints, something they hadn’t managed to do since 2007/08. We recorded two home wins (2-1, 2-0) and also a draw in Perth (1-1).

Dundee’s record in Perth recently though hasn’t been exactly riveting. We have only won once in ten attempts, scoring five goals along the way.

Darren O’Dea looks set to return to the starting lineup after a scan on his foot should his injury wasn’t as bad as first though. Kosta Gadzhalov may also keep his position in the starting XI and provide a back three of O’Dea, Gomis and himself.

As of writing this (20/10/16) there is no other news but we will update this if and when anything happens.

Manager Paul Hartley is no stranger around Perth after spending three seasons with the club from 2000/03.

Hartley’s record as Dee manager vs St Johnstone:
Played:7 Won:3 Drawn:2 Lost:2 F:7 A:6

Match Facts

Dundee have hit SIX past the Saints on three separate occasions. This happened on 22nd January 1949, 16th November 1963 and 28th August 1974. All these matches ended 6-1 to the Dee.

We have put SEVEN past them as well. This occurred on the Scottish League Eastern Division. We ran out 7-2 winners at Dens Park on the 4th May 1940.

Gordon Wallace leads the way at the top of the goal chart in this tie. He scored an impressive TWELVE League goals during his Dundee career against St Johnstone.

Wallace is also the only Dundee player to score two hat-tricks in this tie.

Dundee once went TWELVE matches undefeated against the Saints. This spanned from 1938 to 1965.

Current Form

Dundee last 5 League games: DLLLL
St Johnstone last 5 League Games: WWDWL

Recent Record Vs St Johnstone

Last 5 League games at McDiarmid: DLWLD
Last 5 League games at both grounds: LLWDW

Head to Head League Record

Total Games: 135
Dundee wins: 54
St Johnstone Wins: 45
Draw: 36
Dundee Goals: 203
St Johnstone Goals: 168

Head to Head League Record at McDiarmid Park

Total Games: 66
Dundee wins: 24
St Johnstone Wins: 21
Draw: 21
Dundee Goals: 95
St Johnstone Goals: 82

Last Game at McDiarmid Park

St Johnstone (Wotherspoon 13) 1-1 Dundee(Hemmings 3), 27/11/2015
Dundee went into this match knowing it would be a tough encounter considering  that St Johnstone were looking for their fifth victory on the trot.

The Dark Blues drew first blood when Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings worked their magic before Kane slotted the ball home into the keepers bottom left hand corner.

St Johnstone would draw level David Wotherspoon blasted the ball into the back of the net after Michael O’Halloran cut open the Dundee defence.

The second half would produce no more goals and not much entertainment either and the match would finish in a stalemate. This 1-1 draw would be Dundee’s fifth score line like this in six matches.


Full match report on the BBC website:

Memorable Match

St Johnstone (Bollan, Kane) 2-3 Dundee (Rae, Sara, Artero) 3/3/2001

We dive into the UWTB YouTube videos for this week’s memorable match.

Gary Bollan gave the Saints the lead when he buried a free kick past Marco Roccati and it would take until the second half for Dundee to draw level when Gavin Rae blasted home from a poor clearance from the home defence. march-3rd-2001-vs-st-johnstone

Juan Sara would then put us ahead with yet another howler from the Saints as instead of kicking the ball away, they handed it on a plate for the striker to slot home.

Paul Kane put the score back level when he made no mistake from the penalty spot but it would be Dundee who would finish the game as the victors when Javier Artero nipped in to steal the ball from Gary Bollan and place the ball in the net in front of the delirious Dundee support.

Bollan would then be red carded after he decided that flapping his elbows in Claudio Caniggia’s face would be a good idea.


Full match report on the BBC website:

Ticket Information (From the Official Dundee Website)

The match is pay at the gate and kicks off at 12.

Prices will be as follows:
Adults – £23
Over 65s – £13
13-18-year old’s – £12

Accompanied kids aged 12 and under – free of charge

Turnstile 11 will offer a family deal of 1 adult and up to two kids aged 12 and under for £16.  One additional adult in the family group £16

You can also follow live updates on the Official Dundee Website and twitter page.



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