Kilmarnock vs Dundee
Rugby Park, KO 3pm
3rd December 2016
As much as the past three victories have proved to be crucial, this tie with Kilmarnock could be just as big for Dundee.
Recent wins have saw Dundee going from potentially being caught adrift at the bottom to pushing for a top six place in the matter of weeks. A win at Rugby Park would see the Dee open up a four-point gap on the Ayrshire side.
With Motherwell playing Celtic in the early kick off, we could even see Dundee in the top six before we even kick a ball if they are beaten by the on-form Glasgow side. A victory for us would cement our place in the top half of the table come the end of Saturday night.
Given how tight the Premiership league table is at this moment, we could even see ourselves slipping back down to 11th if we are beaten on Saturday. Normally at this point of the season, there is a gap opening up between the bottom clubs and the rest of the league but this year is telling a different story and everyone is managing to stay adrift of the other.
It is fairly unique situation compared to last season with only six points separating 5th place all the way to the bottom.
The team have gone through an horrendous patch of form but with three wins from their last four matches, everyone is hopeful that we have firmly put that behind us and we will continue to pick up points.
On the team news front, Kevin Gomis had to rush back to France after his wife went into labour so it looks like he may be missing out on this game. It would be expected for Julen Etxabeguren to slot into his place at the back.
Mark O’Hara will also miss this game and will be going back to see a specialist on Tuesday because of some fluid on his previous hernia injury.
Nick Ross, Nicky Low, and Yordi Teijsse are all fit enough and may make the bench. James Vincent has shrugged off the illness that saw him substituted during Saturdays win and will more than likely be back in his starting position.
Dundee have already played Kilmarnock this season at Dens Park. The game ended 1-1.
Hartley’s record as Dee manager vs Kilmarnock:
Played: 8 Won: 3 Drawn: 4 Lost: 1 F: 12 A: 6
League Match Facts
Dundee have only lost twice in the last ten games against Kilmarnock
We are also undefeated in our last five games at Rugby Park.
If Dundee draw or win, it will be the longest time (Six games) they have went without defeat away to Killie.
The previous record of five matches was achieved between 1930 and 1934.
Dundee last 5 League games: LWWLW
Kilmarnock last 5 League Games: DWLDL
Recent Record Vs Kilmarnock
Last 5 League games at Rugby Park: DWWWD
Last 5 League games at both grounds: WLDDD
Head to Head League Record
Total Games: 179
Dundee wins: 67
Kilmarnock Wins: 63
Dundee Goals: 271
Kilmarnock Goals: 247
Head to Head League Record at Rugby Park
Total Games: 87
Dundee wins: 19
Kilmarnock Wins: 19
Dundee Goals: 99
Kilmarnock Goals: 147
Last League Game at Rugby Park
Dundee made it five games undefeated but moved down one spot to 6th in the League as they drew 0-0 with Kilmarnock in Lee Clark’s first game in charge of the Rugby Park side.
Both sides had chances throughout this match but neither could convert any of them and had to settle for a point a piece.
BBC match report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35567635
David Clarkson made it five goals in five games and Dundee made it three wins on the trot as they sealed all three points at Rugby Park in emphatic fashion.
Greg Scored the other two goals for Dundee in this 3-1 victory which included a spectacular solo goal after he collected the ball from well inside his own half, swayed passed a lunging tackle from the Killie goalkeeper and evaded a challenge from the
defender in the box. His initial shot was blocked on the line but his curling effort after it was destined for the back of the net.
This result moved Dundee into the top six on goal difference.
BBC match report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/29767998
You can also follow live updates on the Official Dundee Website and twitter page.