United front to sweep aside County

  • By: Gareth Friel
  • Last Updated: December 21 2013, 15:04 GMT

Gareth Friel previews this weekend's action in the Scottish Premiership and fancies Dundee United to win again.

Dundee United can produce another display of attacking fluency
Dundee United can produce another display of attacking fluency

Dundee United are absolutely flying under Jackie McNamara and plenty of scouts from across the UK and Europe have been taking in their games in recent weeks as the young Tangerines surge up the Scottish Premiership table, banging in the goals in the process.

They've scored 21 times in their last five games with last weekend's 4-1 win at Kilmarnock marking the ninth occasion in which they've scored four or more in a match this season.

Saturday's opponents are Ross County, a side saved from bottom spot only by Hearts' 15-point deduction.

Derek Adams' side have lost six of their last seven in all competitions, picking up just three wins all season.

So it's hardly surprising to see United chalked up as 2/7 favourites for this one.

Ross County really are up against it here. They will be encouraged that United have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven but will know that if they try to attack that defence, they will be exposed by the pace and dynamism of McNamara's exciting young forwards.

The Staggies have only failed to score four times in 17 despite their miserable results so 19/10 on a home win and both teams to score looks decent.

Partick are only three points ahead of Ross County and that is largely down to their home form where they've taken three points from a possible 21.

The good news for Jags fans is that they are away from Firhill this weekend, making the short trip down to Ayrshire to take on Kilmarnock, the side directly below them.

Alan Archibald's Thistle have won plenty of plaudits for their style of play but have consistently failed to turn good performances into good results and that is why they find themselves in a scrap to avoid the relegation play-off position.

If the league was purely based on away form though, the Jags would be in the hunt for a European place.

Their opponents Killie have been comfortably beaten by Dundee United and Motherwell in their last two home outings and the fans are beginning to turn on boss Allan Johnston, who has only been in charge since the summer. Five home defeats in eight certainly hasn't helped that.

Thistle are more than capable of making it four wins on the road and getting on them at 15/8 could pay dividends.

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