Kilmarnock come to Dens this weekend for a Ladbrokes Premiership fixture and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.
FIXTURE: Dundee v Kilmarnock
COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership
DATE: Saturday 11th February 2017
VENUE: Dens Park
STADIUM: Rugby Park
PITCH SIZE: 100m x 64m
MANAGER: Lee Clark
CHAIRMAN: Michael Johnston
MASCOTS: Nutz the Squirrel
CLUB COLOURS: Blue and White
SHIRT SPONSOR: QTS
HONOURS: Scottish League Division One (1st tier) champions: 1964/65
Scottish League Division Two (2nd tier) champions: 1897/98, 1898/99
Scottish Cup winners: 1920, 1929, 1997
Scottish League Cup winners: 2011/12
Scottish Qualifying Cup winners: 1896/97
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup semi-finalists: 1966/67
RECORD WIN: 13-2 v Saltcoats Victoria, Scottish Qualifying Cup, 12/9/1896
CLUB WEBSITE: www.kilmarnockfc.co.uk
Getting to the Ground
The full address of Dens Park for Sat-Nav is Dens Park, Sandeman Street, Dundee, DD3 7JY
The city centre of Dundee can be reached easily by both road and rail. From Dundee City Centre you can use the no 1A or no 24 National Express Dundee bus services, both of which can be boarded at the Albert Square. For a taxi to the ground, call Tay Taxis on 01382 450450.
Head to Head v Kilmarnock
LEAGUE: Won 67, Drawn 49, Lost 64
SCOTTISH CUP: Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 4
LEAGUE CUP: Won 5, Drawn 7, Lost 4
CHALLENGE CUP: Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 0
ANGLO-SCOTTISH CUP: Won 0, Drawn 2, Lost 0
TOTALS: Won 76, Drawn 60, Lost 72
Last Five Dundee v Kilmarnock Games
3/12/2016 | Away | Premiership | Lost 2-0 | 3,615
10/9/2016 | Home | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 5,111 | El Bahktaoui
11/5/2016 | Home | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 4,335 | Loy
20/2/2016 | Away | Premiership | Drew 0-0 | 3,688
24/10/2015 | Home | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 4,970 | Healey
Dundee went down 2-0 at Rugby Park, losing out to Kilmarnock who took the points with goals in each half from Rory McKenzie and Souleymayne Coulibaly. The Dark Blues had chances but never managed to get their game going and were second best for most of the match.
Kilmarnock: MacDonald, Hendrie, Boyle, Boyd, Taylor, Dicker, Smith, Coulibaly, McKenzie, Jones (Frizzell 89), Tyson
Unused subs: Mackay (gk), Bojaj, Cameron, McFadzean, Adams, Wilson
Goals: McKenzie (21), Coulbaly (69).
Booked: Hendrie (foul on Hateley), Coulibaly (foul on McGowan).
Dundee FC: Bain, Etxabeguren, Gadzhalov (Loy 82), O’Dea (c), Kerr, Hateley, McGowan, Vincent (Williams 24), Holt, Haber, Wighton (El Bakhtaoui 71)
Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Duffy, Ross, Curran.
Booked: Kerr (foul on Jones), Gadzhalov (foul on Coulibaly), McGowan (foul on Coulibaly).
Attendance: 3,615 (465 Dees)
Referee: Crawford Allan. Assistants: Brian Templeton, Ralph Gordon. Fourth official: Mat Northcroft.
Kilmarnock’s Season So Far
Kilmarnock’s season started with a disappointing Betfred Cup campaign where they failed to qualify from their section after losing to Jim Duffy’s Morton and drawing with Albion Rovers.
Manager Lee Clark had rebuilt the side in the summer, bringing in eleven new players and it took a while for the new team to gel with only one win in August and September.
Although they drew with Rangers in August, Killie were mauled 6-1 by Celtic in September but have shown occasional glimpses of their potential. The team displayed its capabilities in a 2-0 defeat of Hearts and a win in Perth, while the fans had been wowed by Coulibaly’s breathtaking goals, including a superb scissors kick in the 1-1 draw at Dens in August.
However, top scorer Couilbaly was sold in the January transfer window to Egyptian side Al Ahly for a fee in the region of £800,000 and so the onus will be on the likes of Kris Boyd and Nathan Tyson to get the goals. They will be helped by Connor Samson who re-joins Kilmarnock on loan from Hearts, one of nine players to come in, in January.
Injuries to key personnel has hampered Lee Clark’s progress. The December 4-0 defeat at Tynecastle was case in point when Clark fielded a patched-up side. Away from home, Killie have been too much of an easy pushover, conceding 23 goals in 11 games. The recruitment strategy could be described as scattergun at best with few of the plethora of signings have had a positive effect.
Rory McKenzie has been reinvented as a central midfielder, using his boundless energy to support the forwards. Coulibaly has scored eight of Killie’s 16 league goals, the majority of which have been thrilling and these goals will need to be replaced if they are to climb away from the bottom. Greg Taylor has also shown promise at left back and in midfield.
Killie, like Dundee exited the Scottish Cup in the fourth round after a last minute winner for Hamilton at Rugby Park, hence the moving on this fixture from midweek to weekend with both free of Scottish Cup duty. Both clubs will therefore have their focus firmly fixed on the league and getting into the top six, while Dundee will be looking to beat Kilmarnock for the first time in six games having drawn and lost to Killie earlier in the campaign.
DUNDEE: Stewart 6; McGowan, Haber Loy 4; Hemmings 3
KILMARNOCK: Coulibaly 11; Boyd 4, McKenzie 3
Tickets for the match against Kilmarnock at Dens Park are on sale now online and from the Ticket Office.
This match is a Category B match and prices are as follows:
Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand
Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows:
Adult and one child under 12 £24
Two adults and two children under 12 £46
With additional children under 12 at £2
Children under 16 in the family area are £12
Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group
Prices for all areas in Dens Park are priced at £22 for Adults, £15 for concessions and £12 for juveniles
Tickets are available from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) or online
Dundee’s 2016/17 match programme The Dee will be available to buy at the Kilmarnock game in and around the ground and in the club shop. It is a full, colour 52 page edition packed with news, views, features and exclusive interviews which this week include:
A message from manager Paul Hartley
A message from managing-director John Nelms
A message from captain James McPake
The story of former Dee James Logan who was rescued from a pauper’s grave by Notts County fans last year
This Week in History
The regular series of articles looking at the players who have worn the different squad numbers over the years featuring this week number 13 worn by the likes of Zura Khizanishvili
Profile on visitors Kilmarnock
Junior Dees News
Dundee Supporters Association news
Match stats from last week’s game at Inverness
The Dee, produced by our partners Curtis Sports will be available on Saturday for just £3 and can also be ordered on the Curtis Sport website.
How To Watch
Fans from outside of the UK who are virtual season tickets will be able to watch the Kilmarnock match live on DEETV or alternatively they can view it for just £5.
The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to every subscriber of DEETV on Saturday while a shorter highlights package will be available to view during the weekend 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.