This season’s Scottish Championship has certainly been a toughie although Hibernian have finally come up trumps and barring a massive upset will surely be gracing the Premiership at the start of next season. The Hibees enjoy a nine-point lead at the top of the table and it is highly unlikely that they will surrender this advantage with only four games left to play.
Dundee United were expected to make a better fist of things in the Championship following their relegation from the top flight at the end of 2016/17, however they have disappointed somewhat with some poor results. Indeed the Tangerines lost 4-2 at Queen of the South’s Palmerston Park earlier this month and could only follow this with a lacklustre draw at home to play-off rivals Falkirk.
Ray McKinnon’s men are at least all-but-assured a place in the play-offs given that they enjoy a six-point lead over inconsistent Queen of the South and they will look to further cement this position when they welcome Dunfermline Athletic to Tannadice this evening.
For their part, Dunfermline sit in a relatively comfortable mid-table position, the side in no realistic danger of dropping into the relegation zone but too far adrift of the top four to pose a challenge for a play-off place. Their recent form has been pretty hit-and-miss however and we don’t envisage them causing too many problems for a Tangerines side which will be eager to open up the gap between themselves and the chasing pack.
Dundee United have lost just once at Tannadice this season (against leaders Hibernian) and they will be in no mood to suffer a second home defeat tonight. Given their form on home turf, we have little hesitation in backing a United win although with no clean sheets to their name in their last ten competitive games, we’ll be expecting to see both nets bulging tonight.