Match Preview

Partick Thistle vs Dundee
Firhill Stadium, KO 7.45pm
28th December 2016

Referee: Alan Muir
Linesmen: Stephen Mitchell, Paul O’Neill
Fourth Official: Grant Irvine

After producing that amazing comeback last Friday to come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Hearts at Dens Park, Dundee will go into this match brimming with confidence.

The team showed amazing character when it seemed that they would be beaten at a canter and were duly rewarded with a 93rd minute winning goal. It would prove to be vital as it pushed the Dee up to 7th in the league when it looked like we would be finishing the day in 11th place.

With Hamilton and Kilmarnock both losing last night, Dundee now have a chance to open up a 6-point gap over the Accies which will be massive as we near the Winter Break.

We travel to Glasgow to face fellow strugglers, Partick Thistle. They will also be boosted by their much-needed win last week against Ross County. They had gone seven games without a win and another defeat would have left the players and fans with dread that they would start to be caught adrift near the bottom. The win lifted them 9th and this will no doubt bring a new-found spring in their step.

As every game is right now, Thistle will prove to be a tough opponent to beat. We have already faced Partick this season with that game taking place at Dens Park. Thistle deservedly ran out 2-0 winners in what wase our 6th defeat in a row.

After saying that Paul McGowan could maybe do with a bit of time out of the team as his performances had dipped lately, he will more than likely we reinstated into the starting XI after coming off the bench on Friday, scoring a goal and spurring on the team. Shows you what I know eh?

Mark O’Hara would be my pick to relinquish his spot to McGowan. Julen Etxabeguren replaced Kevin Gomis at half-time and could be in line for a start himself. The rest of the team will more than likely remain unchanged.

Hartley’s record as Dee manager vs Partick Thistle:

Played: 8 Won: 4 Drawn: 3 Lost: 1 F: 11  A: 8

Match Facts
The last time Dundee lost away to Partick in the Premier League was back in 1994.

Since then, our Premier record is P|15 W|10 D|4 L|1

The Dee have won their last three ties at Firhill.

Dundee hoping to make it 5 wins in 9 games

Current Form

Dundee last 5 League games:

Won | Inverness 2-1 Home
Lost | Kilmarnock 0-2 Away
Drew | Ross County 0-0 Home
Lost | Celtic 1-2 Away
Won | Hearts 3-2 Home
Partick Thistle last 5 League Games:

Drew | Hamilton 1-1 Away
Lose | Celtic 1-4 Home
Draw | Hearts 1-1 Away
Lose | Celtic 0-1 Away
Won | Ross County 3-1 Away

Recent Record Vs Partick Thistle

Last 5 League games at Firhill Stadium:

Drew | 0-0 January 21st 2012
Drew | 1-1 December 20th 2014
Won | 1-0 September 12th 2015
Won | 4-2 January 16th 2016
Won | 2-1 April 23rd 2016

Last 5 League games at both grounds:

Won | Home | 1-0 September 12th 2015
Drew | Home | 1-1 November 7th 2015
Won | Away | 4-2 January 16th 2016
Won | Away | 2-1 April 23rd 2016
Lose | Home | 0-2 October 26th 2016

Head to Head League Record

Total Games: 198
Dundee wins: 84
Partick Thistle Wins: 64
Draw: 50
Dundee Goals: 327
Partick Thistle Goals: 205

Head to Head League Record at Firhill Stadium

Total Games: 100
Dundee wins: 28
Partick Thistle Wins: 45
Draw: 27
Dundee Goals: 126
Partick Thistle Goals: 102

Last League Game at Firhill Stadium
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A Kane Hemmings double either side of a Kris Doolan goal was enough for the points to come back to Dundee.untitled1

Both sides were only separated on goal difference at the start of this tie but by th
e end, Dundee would sit three points ahead in 7th place in the League.

This was Dundee’s tenth win of the season and would set them up nicely as they started preparing for the up and coming Dundee Derby the week after.

Highlights:

BBC match report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36061047

Memorable Match

Partick Thistle 2-6 Dundee
16th November 1991

Dundee moved three points in front of Partick in the 1st Division after defeating them on their own turf in emphatic fashion.

Thistle twice went in front but Dundee would reply through Eddie Gallagher bot times. Gallagher would eventually get his hat-trick to put the Dee into the lead for the first time that afternoon.

Kevin Bremner would make an immediate impact in the second half with two goals to make sure the points would be coming home to Dundee. John McQuillan would add a sixth goal to the route.

Match Updates

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http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/

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