Dundee United may have the Irn-Bru Cup to show for their efforts this season, however that will be little consolation should they fail to make it back up to the Scottish Premiership at the first time of asking.
Hibernian made their intentions clear early on in the season and they were successful in storming their way to the Championship title with room to spare. Dundee United must therefore negotiate the play-offs and they would clearly prefer to do that by finishing second and thus avoiding an extra play-off tie. With just two games of the regular season left to play, time is running out although the Tangerines sit just a single point adrift of second-placed Falkirk as things stand and will be confident of stealing a march on their rivals by collecting all three points at Tannadice this weekend.
Visitors Dumbarton have been a mixed bag this season and whilst they have managed two wins and a draw from their last four Championship matches, they remain just three points above the relegation zone and will be desperate to increase this cushion. They kicked off the month in fine fashion with a 1-0 win at home to Greenock Morton and followed this by sharing the spoils with St Mirren in Paisley. The ‘Sons’ bounced back from a 2-0 home defeat to Dunfermline Athletic by beating Queen of the South at Palmerston Park and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them force Dundee United to settle for a point apiece on Saturday afternoon.
Such an outcome would be perfectly acceptable to the visitors but less so for the home side. Dundee United will be looking to finish as Championship runners-up and as such they need to get a couple of wins on the board and hope that Falkirk slip-up, however visitors Dumbarton have managed draws away to Falkirk, Hibernian and St Mirren in recent weeks as well as wins at Raith Rovers and Queen of the South. It might be a bit much to expect them to win at Tannadice but there is little evidence to suggest that they won’t go home without a point in the bag.