League Preview: Aberdeen
The 2018-19 campaign finally arrives at The Kilmac Stadium at Den Park when we welcome Aberdeen to the city to do battle in our first home match of the season.
The Dark Blues are currently on their worse ever run of defeats against the Dons with nine straight losses and we haven't tasted victory over them in twelve since Thomas Konrad and David Clarkson scored to give us a 2-1 win in the Scottish Cup 4th round back in 2014.
If we exclude that victory in the cup, we have went a full NINETEEN matches since we last managed a league victory over the Dons. This came at Dens when Neil Barrett scored the only goal of the match way back in 2004!
That's some depressing reading right there!
DUNDEE started off their campaign by gifting St Mirren al three points last Saturday.
Last season’s attacking options reared their ugly head with it being a case of déjà vu for players, management and supporters. Then we had the minute of madness at the back that ultimately gifted the home side all three points.
It would be very harsh however to start writing off players and team with some knee-jerk comments. Of course, the Dunfermline game gave us an indication that we were severely lacking in some areas but hopefully when we recruit players to fill these voids, then we will see a team that will hopefully improve on last terms league position.
Roarie Deacon is back in training but he is still a few weeks away from being included in the matchday squad.
ABERDEEN started off their Premiership campaign with a 1-1 draw against ten-man The Rangers last weekend.
The Dons played for the best part of 80 minutes with a man advantage but despite this, they needed an injury time equaliser with their only shot on target.
Derek McInnes team have on course been on European duty this summer when they came up against English side Burnley. They certainly didn’t let themselves down by more than matching their opponents from the self-proclaimed ‘Best league in the world.’
Unfortunately, despite a 1-1 draw at home, Burnley would proceed to the next round of the competition but they would need extra-time to get passed he har working Dons.
Scott McKenna will miss out due to injury who will be out for around six to eight weeks and joins long term casualties Mark Reynolds and Tommie Hoban along with Shay Logan who is serving a suspension.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
P258 W53 D79 L126 F289 A433
P128 W32 D41 L55 F169 A227
P125 W20 D38 L67 F117 A197
P5 W1 D0 L4 F3 A9
Top Goal scorer
Alan Gilzean, 14 goals (9: League, 5: League Cup)
Consecutive Games Scored
Alan Gilzean: 10 goals, 5 games, August 201th 1960 to September 16th 1961
6-0, Dens Park, November 18th 1905 and Dens Park, September 3rd 1960 (League Cup Group 4)
Record Attendance and Lowest Home
High: 41,000, 4-0, May 8th 1952, Scottish Cup Quarter Final
Low: 5,369, 0-1, January 11th 1993
TICKET INFORMATION (Taken From Official Dundee Website)
The ticket office is open from 10am on matchdays.
Prices for the Aberdeen match are £26 (adults) and £19 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Under 18s are £12
Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows:
Adult and one child under 12 £31
Two adults and two children under 12 £57
With additional children under 12 at £ 5
Under 12 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group
Under 16 tickets can be bought without an adult ticket