Alloa Athletic v Dundee United: match preview

Dundee United are looking to continue their recent good form by securing a victory against newly promoted Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park.

Csaba László’s side go into this match in improved form with recent back-to-back wins over Queen of the South and Partick Thistle, ensuring that the Tangerines are only one point behind Scottish Championship leaders Ayr United.

Alloa now occupy ninth place in the table. They secured their first point of the season with a comeback in the Highlands against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their last match.

Fraser Fyvie and Billy King have returned to first team training. Despite training fully with the squad, it remains to be seen how quickly the club captain will return to match action.

It has been suggested that Alloa Athletic have narrowed their artificial pitch for the visit of United. Paul Watson, who scored a double in the 3-1 win over Partick Thistle last week, revealed to Discovery Sports Media that they had received word about the plan.

Paul Watson © Grant McKenzie/Discovery Sports Media

However, Watson believes that Alloa will prove a stern test regardless, “It will be a very tough game. They’ve narrowed their pitch, I believe to make it difficult, which they are allowed to do. It will be one of the toughest games of the season to go away to Alloa. They will sit in and make it difficult for us.”

Meanwhile, Csaba László has underlined the need for focus and hard work if the season is to be a success, “If at the end of the season we are also in the top of the league I am really proud about the boys but at the moment we have to work very hard and focused to keep this position. Especially now against Alloa.

“Alloa is a very dangerous team especially that they have come from the third division (League One). They are very positive.

Csaba László © Grant McKenzie/Discovery Sports Media

“They have an artificial pitch, we can train also on artificial pitch, that is not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that you have to put that in the players head that now you come again in a game which you have to win.

“You have to win if you want to stay there at the top. For this reason, we have to work very focused. At the moment my message to the player is: don’t get any injuries. This is very important, but I wish also that they stay sharp and focused.”

United have added further signings to their squad. Algerian defender Rachid Bouhenna has signed on a two-year deal. Meanwhile, striker James Keatings has left for Hamilton Accies.

The stats

Dundee United have not lost a league match against Alloa Athletic since March 1960. Understandably, this will give United fans confidence. However, Alloa did hold United to a 1-1 draw last time they met. Alloa went on to secure the bonus point in the Betfred Cup Group A match earlier this season.

All the recent stats in the league against Alloa would point to a Dundee United win.

United won the last four matches at Recreation Park. They also kept a clean sheet in all four of those games and have scored two goals or more into the bargain.

Therefore, the smart money would be on United to keep their good form going with a win against Jim Goodwin’s side. A win would see United on nine points after four games and, depending on other results, could see them go top of the Scottish Championship.


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