For the city of Dundee, 2016 is sure to get off to a barnstorming start with the townspeople’s two footballing rivals going head-to-head so early in the year.
And both teams go into the match at Dens Park desperately seeking a victory, not just for bragging rights, but for Ladbrokes Premiership survival.
Last season United came out on top in four of their five meetings in league and cup, but the opening clash this term ended in a draw, a repeat of which is 27/10.
It’s been a difficult season for both sides, with Hartley’s outfit slipping into a relegation battle, while the Terrrors have claimed just two wins all season and are rapidly running out of time to claw back the 10-point deficit to the teams above them.
Such has been their form this season that some on social media think this will be a formality for the hosts.
Amusing reading loads of Dundee fans dreading the derby. If the worst United team in 15+ years win at Dens, they may as well give up.
— TDA (@TheDailyArab83) December 26, 2015
But with the Dark Blues wining just one of their last 10 fixtures, others fancy this could be too close to call.
This Dundee derby is probably the toughest one to call! Could go either way! — Andrew Findlay (@andrewf_offical) December 29, 2015
Dundee’s game at home to Celtic in midweek was postponed due to bad weather from Storm Frank, but fans weren’t too disappointed, seemingly preferring the lack of pitch action to aid the chances of the Derby going ahead.
Really hope the game’s off tonight so Dundee can save their players for the derby because there’s no point in risking them on Celtic
— Megan (@MeggyCx) December 30, 2015
But whatever the weather, this derby is all about anticipation, the hope, the joy, the despair, and the memories that come with it all.
can’t wait for the Dundee derby now — ryan (@ryanmcintosh_) December 29, 2015
And sometimes this historic fixture takes its emotions overseas too.
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