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Friday Night Football: Ross County v Dundee United

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spl1Friday night football appears for the second successive week in the SPL with ROSS COUNTY v DUNDEE UTD at Dingwall this evening.

The home side, in fifth place, are now five points behind their Highland rivals ICT who are in that vital third spot, which carries a Europa League play off space. A win for County is therefore essential if they wish to overhaul Terry Butcher’s outfit. To do that they will have to halt a four game run in which they have managed only one point. They will also have to record a victory over the Tannadice team for the first time this season. They drew both games in Dundee and lost the previous fixture at this venue 2-1. United’s loss to Motherwell last Friday effectively finished off any outside chance the Tannadice men had of playing in Europe next season. Dundee Utd themself have won only one of their last seven-league matches, that last gasp 1-0 win over Aberdeen pre split which got them into this top half of the league.

For tonight’s match the home side are missing defender Branislav Micic who has dislocated his shoulder. On the plus side defenders Scott Boyd and Evangelos Ikonomou are available after suspension and injury, respectively. United have Mark Millar back after suspension and defender Keith Watson is available after recovering from a knock. Gavin Gunning and Johnny Russell remain sidelined.

Tonight’s match is very close to call. I thought United would have beaten Motherwell last week and that County would have lost to St Johnstone – WRONG on both occasions! Had these predictions been correct then tipping United tonight would have been straightforward for me. They weren’t correct, however, and home advantage with still a chance to make Europe could give Derek Adams’ crew that extra edge tonight.

Prediction: Ross County to keep their European hopes alive with a home win.

Written by Mark Williamson

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