Dundee derby to provide traditional goal fest at Dens Park

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If things don’t go their way, Dundee United’s miserable season could get an agonising full stop at the home of their local rivals this weekend.

Eight points adrift at the foot of the Ladbrokes Premiership with four games to go, The Terrors’ pending relegation can be confirmed if they lose to Dundee and Kilmarnock beat Hamilton Academical.

It will be a nightmare venue to slide into the second tier for the Tannadice club, who have lost 22 times in 34 top-flight games this term.

The competition sponsors don’t give the visitors much hope of saving themselves, pricing United up at 17/10 outsiders for victory against Dundee’s 13/10 favouritism. The draw, which has been the result in two of the three meetings this season, is 5/2.

Although parity has prevailed in the majority of derbies this term, both of the stalemates came at Tannadice Park, with Paul Hartley’s side winning 2-1 the last time the pair clashed at Dens Park.

What has been even more consistent throughout the Dundee derby in 2015/16, as well as further back in the rivalry, is the high-scoring nature of the fixture.

All three meetings this season have had over 2.5 total goals, with the two locked scores both finishing 2-2 and Dundee winning 2-1 last time out at home.

In fact, the streak of over-2.5 derbies is up to six after the two played out high-scoring encounters in their final three battles last term.

This fixture is such a reliable source of goals that only five of the last 20 editions have seen fewer than 2.5 goals scored, and none have ended 0-0.

It’s 5/6 with Ladbrokes that the latest local renewal continues the pattern, while 7/10 about both teams scoring is also a wise investment considering that bet has landed in eight of the last 10 derbies.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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