JACKIE McNamara's Dundee Utd side are performing well in the Scottish Premiership this season. But as Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) found out, it's their ability to beat the lesser sides at Tannadice that has been their strength.
This article was originally published on Monday November 3rd 2014
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Celtic were five points clear at the top of the SPFL on this day last year, so it's refreshing to see another team at the summit just now as we get the fireworks ready. That team is Dundee United, and their excellent form has it's roots firmly based in Tannadice. The Arabs have picked up 16 points out of a possible 18 on home turf this season, and they enjoyed another emphatic win on Saturday when disposing of St Mirren 3-0.
Whilst researching the weekend football last Friday I discovered a startling stat with regard to United. The stat relates to their dominant home form against bottom-half SPFL sides. The Terrors are now unbeaten in 17 matches against bottom-half sides at Tannadice, and perhaps more impressively have won the last 12 of those matches. Win-to-nil backers have also had a great time backing United in these kind of games with it paying out in seven of those 12 matches at healthy odds.
Just to put things into context, Celtic have slipped up twice at home to bottom-half sides since the United winning run began on April 6 2013. If you fancy getting involved from a betting point of view, the next games to keep an eye on are: Nov 22 – Kilmarnock (Killie are currently 5th and may drop by the time this game takes place), Jan 1 – Dundee and Jan 24 – Motherwell.
I'll sign off the article by listing the 13 consecutive Tannadice victories against bottom-half sides:
- 22nd November 2014 – Kilmarnock 3-1
- 1st November 2014 – St Mirren 3-0
- 18th October 2014 – Partick 1-0
- 27th September 2014 – St Johnstone 2-0
- 23rd August 2014 – Ross County 2-1
- 15th March 2014 – St Mirren 3-2
- 15th February 2014 – Kilmarnock 3-2
- 21st December 2013 – Ross County 1-0
- 7th December 2013 – Hearts 4-1
- 23rd November 2013 – Partick 4-1
- 26th October 2013 – St Mirren 4-0
- 5th October 2013 – Kilmarnock 1-0
- 6th April 2013 – Aberdeen 1-0