First Team

Match Preview: Dundee Utd (A)

4th March 2022

We’re back at Tannadice for the first time since August. Games between the JTs and the Terrors this season have been entertaining affairs – never short of goals – and another win for Robbie Neilson’s men could see Hearts tighten their grip on that coveted third place spot.

It’s matchday 30 in the cinch Premiership – here’s the lowdown on what to expect as we make the trip to the City of Discovery.

Form Guide:
It’s been a pretty decent season for Dundee United so far. Tam Courts has proven himself to be a more than capable operator in his maiden campaign as gaffer, steering the Arabs with commendable skill whilst also picking up some decent results along the way. Numerous youth prospects have been blooded along the way as Courts assembled a squad with a solid mix of youth, such as Lewis Neilson, and experience in seasoned pros like Charlie Mulgrew.
Hearts are starting to hit a good stride again, with two wins on the bounce against tricky opposition in St. Mirren and Aberdeen. The Jambos have dominated matches and managed the ebb and flow of games well recently, especially now that key players such as Gordon, Halkett and Boyce are all back to full fitness.

Dundee United:
Played: 29
Won: 9
Draw: 8
Lost: 12

Played: 29
Won: 14
Draw: 7
Lost: 8

Last Time out: Dundee United 0-2 Heart of Midlothian, August 2021

 This is our story:
• Total Meetings: 201
• First Meeting: Saturday 7 November 1925, Hearts 1-0 Dundee United
• Biggest Win: Saturday 18 November 1939, Heart of Midlothian 9-2 Dundee United

Hearts wins: 80
Dundee United wins: 69
Draws: 52
Hearts win %: 39.80%
All statistics provided courtesy of London Hearts.
What’s Robbie said?

We’ve got good players; guys who can create opportunities and score. We’re pretty strong at the back, with defenders scoring goals that compliment the guys at the front. It’s a good mix to have.

“We can talk about tactics and formation but, at the end of the day, it’s the players who go out onto the pitch get the job done. At key moments at both ends of the park – the boys usually come through.

“It was good to score {from a corner, vs Aberdeen}. I think our last one was Craig Halkett at Ibrox earlier in the season. It’s something we should be good at because we do delivery well and have guys who can be aggressive in the box for them.

“I think Tam’s done a great job there. They had a lot of pressure on them to do well when they got promoted but they’ve managed to stabilise. They’ve got a good core group of players who’ll be hunting for top six again.

"It’ll be interesting: they’ve flitted between a back three and a back four. That said, we’ll play the way we always play. We got a good result up there earlier in the season, and again at Tynecastle, so we’ll go and see what happens.”
Snap from the past: