Inverness Caledonian Thistle preview

Dundee travel to the Highlands on Saturday to take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info
FIXTURE:        Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee
COMPETITION:    Ladbrokes Premiership
DATE:            Saturday 4th February 2017
KICK-OFF:        3.00pm
VENUE:        Tulloch Caledonian Stadium

Opposition Info
FORMED:        1994
STADIUM:        Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
CAPACITY:        7,512
PITCH SIZE:        105m x 68m
MANAGER:        Ritchie Foran
CHAIRMAN:        Kenny Cameron
NICKNAMES:    Caley Jags. The Pride of the Highlands
MASCOTS:        InverNessie
CLUB COLOURS:    Royal Blue and Red
SHIRT SPONSOR:    McEwan Fraser Legal
HONOURS:        Scottish Cup winners: 2014/15
Scottish League First Division (2nd tier) champions: 2003/04,
Scottish League Third Division (4th tier): 1996/97
Scottish League Challenge Cup winners: 2003/04
RECORD WIN:    8-1 v Annan Athletic, Scottish Cup, 24/1/1998

Getting to the Ground
By Car from South:
The full address of the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium is East Longman, Inverness, IV1 1FF
From Perth head north on the A9 until you reach Inverness. At the Longman roundabout before the Kessock Bridge take the third exit and carry on around until you come to the stadium and away car park.
Note: be prepared for delays of up to 15 minutes on the A9 northbound approaching the bridge roundabout

By Public Transport:
Trains – The nearest railway station is in Inverness city centre about 1 mile from the ground. Change at Perth for trains from Dundee

Buses – There are regular coaches daily from Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen from operators Megabus and Scottish Citylink.
A bus departs from the bus station at Farraline Park to the stadium 45 minutes before kick-off returning after the game.
Taxis – Taxi ranks are located at both the bus and railway stations

Walking – The stadium is a 20 minute walk from the city centre and we advise you use the designated walking route through the Industrial Estate which is signposted from Longman Road and avoids crossing the A9 trunk road.

Head to Head v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
LEAGUE:        Won 2, Drawn 10, Lost 9
SCOTTISH CUP:    Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 0
LEAGUE CUP:    Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 1
CHALLENGE CUP:    Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 0
TOTALS:        Won 6, Drawn 10, Lost 10

Last Five Dundee v Inverness Caledonian Matches
26/11/2016 | Home | Premiership | Won 2-1 | 5,094 | Wighton, Gadzhalov
24/9/2016 | Home | Premiership | Lost 3-1 | 2,884 | Low
14/5/2016 | Away | Premiership | Lost 4-0 | 3,794 |
27/2/2016 | Home | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 5,048 | Hemmings
31/10/2015 | Away | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 2,940 | Loy

Last Meeting
Dundee continued their recent improved form with a close and hard fought 2-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Dens Park in November. Craig Wighton put the Dee ahead with a beautifully taken goal in the first half and Kosta Gadzhalov added a second after an hour. Carl Tremarco pulled a late goal back for Caley Thistle, who had Lewis Horner red carded in injury time. The Dark Blues held out for a valuable win that lifted them to up to 7th in the Premiership table.

Dundee FC: Bain, Gomis, Gadzhalov, O’Dea (c), Kerr, Hateley, McGowan, Vincent (Williams 63), Holt, Haber (Etxabeguren 89), Wighton
Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Loy, Duffy, El Bakhtaoui, Curran.
Goals: Wighton (24), Gadzhalov (60).
Booked: Vincent (simulation), Hateley (foul on Mulraney), O’Dea (dissent).

Inverness Caledonian Thistle: Fon Williams, Horner, Warren (c), Meekings, Tremarco, Vigurs (Cole 81), Tansey, Doran (Boden 74), Draper, King (Mulraney 65), Doumbouya
Unused subs: Esson (gk), Sutherland, MacRae.
Goal: Tremarco (80).
Booked: Doumbouya (dissent).
Sent off: Horner (denying Wighton a goal-scoring opportunity).

Attendance: 5,094 (204 away fans).
Referee: Andrew Dallas. Assistants: Graeme Leslie, David Roome. Fourth official: William Collum

Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s Season So Far
Inverness started the season in a tough Betfred Cup group with Dundee United, Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath and Arbroath and finished above the Arabs on goal difference despite losing to the bonus point to them in the shoot out after the 1-1 draw.

Caley, with new manager Ritchie Foran, beat the other three sides with the 7-0 win at home to Arbroath helping them top Group C but in the first knock out game were the wrong side of a shock when they lost 1-0 to an impressive looking Alloa at Recreation Park.

Thistle league campaign got off to a disastrous start with three straight defeats away at Partick (0-2), at home to Ross County (2-3) and away to Hearts (1-5). Having lost the Highland derby at home and then a heavy defeat in Edinburgh, it was a relief for the rookie manager when he got his first win in the league before the international break with a 2-1 win over St Johnstone at the Caley Stadium.

A tricky trip to Aberdeen yielded another point after the break in a 1-1 draw but it also got Inverness off the bottom of the Premiership for the first time since the opening day. They were back on the bottom by the time they played Celtic the following week but an excellent 2-2 draw against the champions saw them leapfrogging Partick into 11th.

Most of their season have been spent at or hovering around last place and since the first meeting with Dundee in September, Inverness have only won one match; a 3-0 win away at Motherwell in October but have also picked up points in six draws. They returned to winning ways in the Scottish Cup when they beat fellow Highlanders Elgin City 2-1 at Borough Briggs but not before the Black and Whites gave them a scare by taking the lead in the first half but were back to drawing in their last game at home to Partick last weekend.

Top Scorers
DUNDEE: Stewart 6; McGowan, Loy 4; Haber, Hemmings 3
INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE: Tremarco 6; Boden, Vigurs, Doumbouya 5; Draper 4

Ticketing Information
Dundee fans will be housed in the South Stand and the prices are as follows:

Adults (26-64)            £22
Senior (65+)*             £17
Young Person (16-25)*    £17
Under 16*            £10

Away fans have to purchase a ticket before going through the turnstile and Dundee fans should proceed to the Ticket Office in the Main Stand for card sales or to the Ticket Kiosk adjacent to the South Stand for cash sales.

Please allow yourself enough time to purchase a ticket before entering the stadium.

*Please note proof of age may be required

Match Officials

The referee for the Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee match this weekend is Nick Walsh. Walsh has officiated at three Caley games this season already while it will be his first Dundee game in charge.

The Assistant Referees are Michael Banks and Gary Hilland while the Fourth Official is Ryan Milne

Match Programme
Inverness’ match programme is produced by our programme partners Curtis Sport and is a full colour, 52 page edition that is priced at £3 and will be available in around the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on matchday.

If you can’t make the match but would like a programme from the Inverness CT v Dundee game, you can purchase one online at the Curtis Sport website

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 Thursday.

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.

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