Ross County Preview

Dundee travel to Dingwall on Saturday to take on Ross County in the Ladbrokes Premiership and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info

FIXTURE: Ross County v Dundee FC

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

DATE: Saturday 2nd December 2017

KICK OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: The Global Energy Stadium

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1929

STADIUM: The Global Energy Stadium

CAPACITY: 6,541

PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m

MANAGER: Owen Coyle

CHAIRMAN: Roy McGregor

NICKNAME: The Staggies

MASCOT: Rosco The Stag

CLUB COLOURS: Dark blue and white

HONOURS: Scottish League Cup winners 2015/16

Scottish League First Division winners 2011/12

Scottish League Second Division winners 2007/08

Scottish League Third Division winners 1998/99

Scottish League Challenge Cup winners 2006/07, 2010/11

Highland Football League winners 1966/67, 1990/91, 1991/92

RECORD ATTENDANCE: 8,000 v Rangers, Scottish Cup, February 1966

RECORD WIN: 11-0 v St Cuthbert Wanderers 1933 Scottish Cup 1st Round

WEBSITE: www.rosscountyfootballclub.co.uk

Getting to the Ground

The Global Energy Stadium is well signposted once you reach Dingwall. The full address including the postcode for Sat-Nav is The Global Energy Stadium, Victoria Park, Dingwall IV15 9QZ.

The Global Energy Stadium is located only 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of town and less than 500 metres from the Train Station. If using service buses to get to the match then the stop located on Hill Street (beside the Royal Hotel) is the closest to the ground and included on most of the main routes to and from the town and is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the ground.

There is ample free and well signposted car parking in Dingwall Town Centre, whilst there is also car parking available for both home and away fans at the ground on matchdays at a cost of £3. Please note that the standard matchday traffic arrangements implemented by the Council Traffic Wardens and Police Scotland mean that access to the Stadium by car is not possible in the final 30 minutes before kick-off at any game

Match Officials

REFEREE: Steven McLean

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Kylie Cockburn

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Stuart Hodge

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Scott Millar

Thirty-six year old McLean became a referee with the SFA in 1997 and joined the SFL/SPL list in 2007. He became a FIFA referee in 2010 and went on the officiate in the 2011 UEFA Under-17 European Championship.

Domestically McLean was in charge of the 2014 League Cup Final between Aberdeen and Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the 2016 Scottish Cup Final between Hibernian and Rangers.

The match in Dingwall will be McLean’s third Dundee game in charge this season and the Dark Blues will be looking for a similar outcome as both matched ended in 2-1 Dundee wins against Dundee United in the Betfred Cup and against Hearts in the Premiership.

Head to Head v Ross County

LEAGUE: Won 11, Draw 14, Loss 15

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 1, Draw 1, Loss 0

LEAGUE CUP: Won 0, Draw 0, Loss 1

CHALLENGE CUP: Won 0, Draw 0, Loss 1

TOTALS: Won 12, Draw 15, Loss 17

Last Five Dundee v Ross County Matches

5/8/2017 | Home | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 5,032 | Hendry

13/5/2017 | Home | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 6,812 | O’Dea (pen)

4/4/2017 | Away | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 2,819 | O’Dea (pen)

10/12/2016 | Home | Premiership | Drew 0-0 | 4,742

6/8/2016 | Away | Premiership | Won 3-1 | 3,669 | Loy (2), McGowan

Ross County’s Season So Far

Ross County had a tricky Betfred Cup group as their section was the only one with two Premiership sides and qualified as one of the best runners-up behind newly promoted Hibernian.

County’s opening match was a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Alloa with a goal either side of the break from Michael Fraser and Craig Curran.

Curran was target again in County’s second game when he scored a brace in a 6-0 win away at Montrose in their second game and it set up the all Premiership tie with Hibs in their third match.

In a tight encounter at the Global Energy Stadium, the sides were locked at 0-0 at full time but County got the advantage in the group when they won 4-3 on penalties to win the bonus point and make them favourites to top the group.

However they threw the advantage away at Gayfield when the drew 0-0 with Arbroath and despite getting their second bonus point with a 5-4 penalty kick win, the finished in second with Hibs winning 3-0 at Recreation Park.

Ten points was enough to see them qualify but the dropped point cost The Staggies being a seed in the next round and they drew eventual runners-up Motherwell who knocked them out with a 3-2 win in Dingwall.

Four days before that County started their Premiership game with a 2-1 win at Dens Park but with just one point in six games against bottom of the table Partick Thistle, manager Jim McIntyre was replaced by another former Arab, Owen Coyle.

As is so often the case a new manager means an upturn in results and it was the case for the former Burley boss when County beat Kilmarnock and Hamilton and drew with St Johnstone in their three of their first four games under Coyle.

County’s last game was a well merited draw with Hearts at the new look Tynecastle but Dundee’s win over Rangers last weekend means a win for the Dark Blues in Dingwall will see them leapfrog the Staggies in the Premiership table.

Top Scorers

ROSS COUNTY: Curran 6; Mikkelsen, Schalk 4; Gardyne 3: Kiellor-Dunn 2

DUNDEE: Moussa 6; El Bahktaoui, Leitch-Smith 4; O’Hara 3; Hendry, Waddell 2

Last Meetings

The Dee went down to a 2-1 defeat to Ross County at Dens Park in the opening game of the Premiership season. Jamie Lindsay put the Staggies ahead late in the first half. After Christopher Routis added a second on 60 minutes County sat back to defend in depth. Substitute Jack Hendry pulled a late goal back but the visitors clung on in injury time to take the points.

Dundee FC: Bain,Kerr, Waddell (Hendry at half time), O’Dea (c), Holt,O’Hara, Kamara, Deacon, Allan, Wolters (McGowan 66), Moussa (EL Bakhtaoui 50)

Unused subs: Parish (gk), Vincent, Williams, Spence.

Goal: Hendry

Ross County: Fox, Naismith, Davies, Fraser, Kelly, Chow, Routis (Van Der Weg 72), Gardyne (Tumilty 81), Lindsay, Dow, Schalk (Mikkelsen 74)

Unused subs: McCarey (gk), Keillor-Dunn, Dingwall, Malcolm.

Goals: Lindsay (27), Routis (60).

Booked: Chow (foul on Wolters), Gardyne (handball)

Attendance: 5,032.

Referee: Willie Collum. Assistants: Graeme Stewart, Drew Kirkland. Fourth official: Craig Napier.

Ticketing Information

Fans are reminded that for this match you need to buy a ticket at the ticket booth at the Global Energy Stadium before entering the ground. The Dundee support will be housed in the North East Extension (turnstiles 1-4) and fans are encouraged to buy their tickets as soon as they arrive in Dingwall.

Prices are:-

Adults – £24

Concessions (Over 65s or Under-18 ) – £14

Under 18 – £5

Please note that concessions may be required to show proof of age/status at any time on request and failure to do so may result in being refused entry to the Stadium.

How To Watch

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to subscribers of DEETV on Saturday evening while a shorter highlights package will be available to view on Sunday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV from Friday.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.

If you are out with the UK you will also be able to take advantage of our Live Streaming package for every home game

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.