Dundee V Dundee Utd at Dens Park Stadium : Match Preview

09 December 2012 09:12
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No new problems for Dundee

Dundee have no fresh concerns for Sunday's derby with Dundee United.

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League's bottom club are without striker Carl Finnigan (knee), captain Stephen O'Donnell (hamstring), Mark Kerr (knee), Brian Easton (hamstring) and Jamie McCluskey (Achilles).

Defender Davide Grassi (knee) has had an operation and will be out for a further 12 weeks, while forward Mark Stewart (knee) is also out.

Dundee are stuck at the foot of the SPL following a 3-1 loss at second bottom St Mirren.

The Dark Blues responded from the Paisley defeat with a 2-0 William Hill Scottish Cup win at Livingston and are seeking a fourth win in six games against United, who won the first derby of the season 3-0 at Tannadice in August.

"It was good to get the win after the defeat against St Mirren," said midfielder Kevin McBride.

"The boys are in a good mood. We know it will be a tough game - it was a 3-0 defeat the last time against them - but we believe we can get something.

"It will be a good atmosphere and it will be a full house. It's good to have the derby back in Dundee.

"We're on a good run at the moment, but form goes out the window when you go into a derby.

"Dundee United will probably be up near the top of the table at the end of the season, but derby games are different.

"It's about on the day who wants it the most and hopefully at the full-time whistle it will be us."

Defender Sean Dillon will be included in the United squad after recovering from a thigh injury.

Midfielder Michael Gardyne has missed training this week with a groin problem but is also likely to be fit.

Winger Gary Mackay-Steven remains on the sidelines after breaking a bone in his hand.

Manager Peter Houston hopes to savour a victorious walk home.

Many derbies take place in cities where teams share a stadium, but this weekend's encounter sees United cross the road from their Tannadice home for the eagerly anticipated away fixture.

Houston's first experiences of Dundee derbies came at Dens Park in a pre-season match in July and a month later in the SPL at Tannadice, his side winning 3-0 on both occasions.

Houston said: "It's unique that you're walking to an away match. I've never, ever experienced that.

"There's plenty of security there, but it's nice to be able to walk up - and I've only done it once in the pre-season friendly.

"It's better after the match because you've won and the supporters are not giving you stick when you're walking down the hill.

"Hopefully late on Sunday afternoon we're getting cheered walking back down to Tannadice."

Source: PA