Dundee vs Inverness Caley Thistle
Dens Park Park, KO 3pm
26th November 2016
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Linesmen: Graeme Leslie, David Roome
Fourth Official: William Collum
After a gutsy performance last weekend at Ibrox Park which resulted in an injury time winner for the hosts to leave the Dee heartbroken, Dundee hope to bounce back by doing something they have only managed once in this fixture with Inverness Caley Thistle and that’s beat them!
A few weeks ago we would have been dreading going into this fixture but performances and more importantly results have changed for the better recently.
At the start of the season, I had Inverness down as a team who would struggle this year but they have proved myself and plenty of other doubters wrong so far. They may have lost back to back games but before that, they had only tasted defeat once in seven matches.
Our matches against Caley normally see them playing quite physical and on more than one occasion we have labeled them ‘Hammer Throwers’ and there is nothing new that makes me believe that Saturday will be any different. This weekend’s game will no doubt have a few hefty challenges and yellow cards in it.
A win here potentially see’s Dundee moving all the way up to sixth spot in the table. A draw could see us moving up to tenth. This all relies on other results going our way as well as one or two teams on the receiving end of a heavy loss. A defeat for us would see us remain bottom.
Moving onto some Dundee team news and Paul Hartley has told Dundee FC Online that “Mark ‘Hara and Nicky Low are still a week away” while “Nick Ross picked up an ankle knock, a few stitches and he may struggle. Michael Duffy has been not well and Yordi Teijsse has taken a knock.”
I would be very surprised to see any changes to the starting XI for this match.
Hartley’s record as Dee manager vs ICT:
Played: 9 Won: 0 Drawn: 5 Lost: 4 F: 6 A: 14
Dundee have went EIGHTEEN League matches without a win against Caley.
We have went NINE home league games without a win
Our last victory in the league came in a 3-1 at Dens way back in January 2005.
That means our winless streak against them stretches to just under TWELVE years.
The highest attendance between the clubs at Dens happened on the 14th May 2005 when 6,691 fans turned up. That game ended 1-1 with Brent Sancho scoring for the Dee while Liam Fox scored in the dying minutes for Inverness.
Our lowest attendance at Dens occurred on the 9th March 2013. 4,114 supporters saw Caley clinch a point when Billy McKay headed home to cancel out John Baird’s earlier strike
Dundee last 5 League games: LLWWL
ICT last 5 League Games: DWDLL
Recent Record Vs ICT
Last 5 League games at Dens Park: LLLDD
Last 5 League games at both grounds: DDDLL
Head to Head League Record
Total Games: 20
Dundee wins: 1
ICT Wins: 9
Dundee Goals: 21
ICT Goals: 36
Head to Head League Record at Dens Park
Total Games: 10
Dundee wins: 1
ICT Wins: 3
Dundee Goals: 13
ICT Goals: 16
Last League Game at Dens Park
Dundee 1-1 Inverness Caley Thistle
27th February 2016
Dundee had to rely on a late strike from Kane Hemmings to rescue a point at home against Inverness.
Ross Draper had put the visitors ahead in the first half but Dundee kept going and despite it looking like Caley would come away with the win, Hemmings popped up to head home a much deserved goal to give the Dee a point despite the visitors best attempts to time waste throughout this tie.
BBC match report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35619553
Dundee 3-2 Inverness Caley Thistle
Alba Cup Final
22nd November 2009
After a dreadful first half that saw the team deservedly go 2-0 behind and lucky it wasn’t more, Dundee staged an empathetic comeback after the break to win this cup 3-2.
Adam Rooney and Nauris Bulvitis had Caley fans dreaming that they had already won this final but the latter would score an own goal early into the second half before Gary Harkins leveled the score.
It was then set up for a tense finale that saw Craig Forsyth score the winner to send the majority of the 8,000+ crowd into a wild celebration after what looked like an unlikely comeback.
To add the icing on the cake, Dougie Imrie was sent off after a wild lunge on Pat Clarke which saw the wee fud being giving pelters from the travelling Derry.
BBC match report:http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_cups/8369525.stm
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