Arabs set for Tayside triumph

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: March 3 2013, 13:39 GMT

Gareth Friel reckons Dundee United can comfortably beat Dundee when they meet in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

Dundee United can continue their good form under McNamara
Dundee United can continue their good form under McNamara

The quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup take place this weekend with two games on Saturday and two on Sunday.

St Mirren knocked Celtic out of the League Cup last month and the two do battle again in Paisley on Saturday lunchtime while later in the day it's an all-First Division clash between Hamilton and Falkirk.

On Sunday, there's a Dundee derby at Dens Park followed by Kilmarnock v Hibs.

I fancy away wins at New Douglas Park on Saturday and at Dens on Sunday.

To the Dundee derby first, and both sides head into the game on the back of midweek draws.

Hosts Dundee will be disappointed with their 2-2 result against St Johnstone having outplayed their Tayside rivals for much of the game. But, and it has been the story of their season, they just didn't have the quality to make their dominance count.

They didn't perform too badly either in both derbies against United this season but still managed to find themselves on the end of two 3-0 defeats and I can see a similar outcome once again this weekend.

Dundee Utd have lost just one of six matches under new boss Jackie McNamara and were the better side in their goalless draw at Inverness on Wednesday night.

Striker Johnny Russell went off injured in that match and if he misses out that will be a huge blow for McNamara, but the Arabs should still have too much about them.

They are a best of evens which doesn't appeal much. Instead, I think it's worth small stakes on United to win by two goals and to win by three or more goals.

There will be a First Division club in the semi-finals as Hamilton take on Falkirk on Satruday.

Accies are still not clear of the relegation play-off place having won just six matches all season while Falkirk sit mid-table with no prospect of going up or down.

They do however boast the fourth best away record in the division. They have also won five of their last six, including their last three to nil.

Hamilton have picked up only 13 of 33 points at home and, in contrast to Falkirk, have won one of their last six.

This Falkirk team is young and inexperienced but seems to be improving and backing them at 15/8 looks good value.

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