Dundee take on Ayr United for the twelfth time in the Betfred League cup with a place in the quarter final at stake.
Our last tie against the Honest men in this competition happened all the way back in 1991 and it was the Ayrshire team who proceeded into the next round with a 4-2 victory.
DUNDEE qualified for the last 16 by finishing up as the second-best runner up along with Queen of the South, St Mirren and Partick Thistle while Ayr won their group just like Ross County, St Johnstone, Dunfermline, Livingston, Motherwell and Kilmarnock. All these teams were joined by Celtic, Hibs, Aberdeen and The Rangers who all received a bye due to partaking in European action.
Our season hasn’t gotten off to the start that we would have hoped it had but the signs are there that if a striker (one or two, I’m not fussy) and a new left back can be brought in, we will be looking quite decent this season.
Defeats to St Mirren and Aberdeen has left us will nil points when it could have easily have been, at a minimum, four points. Other fans may say otherwise but that’s what I’ve seen through my dark blue tinted glassed.
The Dee need the win after the last two weeks and with players such as Karl Madianga, Elton N’Gwatala and Jesse Curran finding their feet In the first team and exciting the fans, there is an expectation within some of us that we can go out there, put on a good display and find that killer touch in front of goal that has eluded us.
Midfielder Lewis Spence is fit after being taken off at half time against Aberdeen while Glen Kamara is back in training and may make an appearance.
AYR UNITED got their league cup campaign off to flyer with four wins out of four, scoring twelve and only conceding one. Lawrence Shankland showed the type of form that helped Ayr to the League One title last term that also attracted the interest from Dundee by netting seven of them including two hat-tricks.
The Ayrshire team have also started off their Championship campaign brightly. They defeated recently relegated Partick Thistle on the opening day by two goals to nil and followed that up with a goalless draw up in Inverness against Caley Thistle. There are worse ways to start the season and Ayr have certainly hit the ground running.
Lawrence Shankland is the obviously the main man to watch out for with nine goals to his name already this term but Dundee should be wary of his striking partner Michael Moffatt who scored thirteen goals in the previous season, contributing also with seventeen assists.
Head To Head
P110 W59 D24 L27 F234 A147
P57 W38 D11 L8 F146 A64
P52 W20 D13 L19 F85 A80
Head To Head
P11 W7 D2 L2 F23 A16
P6 W4 D0 L2 F16 A12
P5 W3 D2 L0 F7 A4
Records vs Ayr United
Davie Balfour: 4 goals, 5-2, Dens Park, March 18th 1931
Most Goals Scored In The League Cup
Eric Sinclair: 3
Most Goals Scored In All Competitions
Alan Cousin: 8 goals (7 League, 1 League Cup)
Record Attendance at Dens Park
20,000, 1-0, September 17th 1921 and January 26th 1952, Scottish Cup Round 1
7-1, Dens Park, November 29th 1919
Ticket Information - From The Official Dundee Website
Tickets for the match against Ayr United at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park are now available and the prices are follows:
Over 65s and Full Time Students: £12
Under 18s: £6
Tickets are available from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) or online at www.dundeefc.co.uk