Dundee V Hamilton at Dens Park Stadium : Match Preview

17 January 2014 05:01
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Dundee and Hamilton set for battle

Scottish Championship leaders Dundee entertain second-placed Hamilton boosted by new signings Stephen Hughes and Christian Nade.

Striker Peter MacDonald could feature after returning to training on Thursday following a knock, however Nicky Riley is a doubt and Craig Beattie remains out with a knee injury.

Assistant manager Ray Farningham said: "Last Saturday was a disappointing day for us against Livingston as we played poorly and lost 1-0.

"We have a terrific chance to bounce back in what could be a key game in the season against our closest rivals for the title."

Hamilton survived an injury scare after goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert picked up a knock however he has been passed fit for the vital game at Dens Park.

Player/manager Alex Neil remains out following groin surgery, with knee injuries keeping Jonathan Routledge and Jon McShane absent. However, Darian MacKinnon is available after a ban.

Neil has told his men they will need to up their game to take anything home with them. He said: "Last week against Falkirk we were very strong defensively and created a number of chances.

"However we gave the ball away too easily and we need to do much better at Dundee."

Source: PA