This has been a difficult campaign in the Ladbrokes Premiership for Mixu Paatelainen’s side, with Dundee United registering just five league wins so far this season.
But recent results and much-improved performances show United are building momentum. Here’s why it isn’t too late for the Tannadice club to beat the drop. We’re offering 3/1 on them to beat the drop.
McKay is the Man
Unlike fellow relegation candidates Hamilton and Kilmarnock, the Terrors have a proven goalscorer. Billy McKay has struck 12 times so far in the Ladbrokes Premiership and grabbed a vital double to earn United a hard-fought point in last weekend’s Dundee derby. And his teammates are getting in on the act too.
With nine goals in their past five games in all competitions, United aren’t lacking inspiration up front. Fellow strugglers Hamilton, who are 25/1 to finish bottom, have just four goals in their last six Premiership games.
They’re catching up
United have taken seven points from their last five games in the Ladbrokes Premiership. That’s six more than Kilmarnock have managed, and three more than Hamilton. With a game in hand on 11th-placed Killie and the gap now down to seven points, a good result this weekend against Motherwell – who United beat 2-0 away earlier this season – could put serious pressure on their closest rivals.
Performances have improved
Even the recent 2-1 defeat at Fir Park was a game where United were unfortunate not to get something, as they led and dominated the possession. A swashbuckling win away at current top-six side Ross County also showed the silky attacking football of Mixu’s men.
If there’s ever a time when the players need the fans turning out in numbers and offering vocal support, it’s during a relegation battle. And the crowd for United’s last three home games has been over 8,000 each time, with a turnout of 11,603 who helped roar United back to parity in the derby. They haven’t given up hope, and neither should the players.
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