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Ross County – Preview

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

Match Info

FIXTURE: Dundee FC v Ross County

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

DATE: Saturday 3rd February 2018

KICK OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: Dens Park

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 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 & rail. From Dundee City Centre you can use the no. 1A or no. 24 National Express Dundee bus service, both of which can be boarded at the Albert Square. For a taxi to the ground, call Tay Taxis on 01382450450.

Match Officials

REFEREE: John Beaton

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Douglas Ross

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Graeme Leslie

FOURTH OFFICIAL: Greg Aitken

Head to Head v Ross County

LEAGUE: Won 12, 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 13, Draw 15, Loss 17

Last Five Dundee v Ross County Matches

2/12/2017 | Away | Away | Premiership | won 2-0 | 3,896 | O’Hara, El Bahktaoui

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

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 then had a well merited draw with Hearts at the new look Tynecastle but the following week lost 2-0 to Dundee in Dingwall at the start of December which signalled a slump in form.

December saw The Staggies take just two points in seven games in draws with Killie and St Johnstone and when they returned from the winter break it was Killie who knocked them out of the Scottish Cup.

Back in the Premiership County lost to Motherwell and Rangers and on Wednesday lost 4-2 at home to Aberdeen leaving them bottom of the league leaving them six point behind Partick in 11th.

Top Scorers

DUNDEE: Moussa 9; O’Hara, Leitch-Smith 6; El Bahktaoui 5; Haber, McGowan, Hendry, Waddell 2

ROSS COUNTY: Curran 9; Schalk 7; Mikklesen 4; Gardyne 3

Last Meetings

Dundee rewarded the travelling supporters with a richly deserved 2-0 win against Ross County in Dingwall last December. The Dark Blues were the better side throughout. It looked like Mark O’Hara’s spectacular early goal would be enough for three points but Faissal El Bakhtaoui’s late goal on the break ensured the points would be heading back down the A9 with the Dee. A solid, professional team performance, a clean sheet and two fine goals meant this was a very good day out.

Ross County: McCarey, Naismith, Fraser (c), van der Weg (Curran at half time) Kelly, Gardyne (Keillor-Dunn 76), Draper, Routis, Lindsay, Eagles, Schalk (McKay 56)

Unused subs: Fox (gk), Chow, Dow, Mikkelsen.

Booked: Draper (foul on Parish).

Dundee FC: Parish, Kerr (c), Hendry, Meekings, O’Hara, Kamara, McGowan (Waddell 79) Aurtenetxe, Deacon (Allan 70), Moussa (Haber 73) El Bakhtaoui

Unused subs: Ferrie (gk), Holt, Leitch-Smith, Curran.

Goals: O’Hara (17), El Bakhtaoui (88).

Booked: McGowan (foul on Gardyne), Haber (foul on Keillor-Dunn)

Attendance: 3,896 (383 Dees).

Referee: Steven McLean Assistants: Kylie Cockburn, Stuart Hodge. Fourth official: Scott Millar.

Ticketing Information

Tickets for the match against Ross County 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 £26
Two adults and two children under 12 £50
With additional children under 12 at £2
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 £24 for Adults, £16 for concessions and £10 for Under 18

Tickets are available from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) or online

Match Programme

Dundee’s 2017/18 match programme The Dee will be available to buy at the Ross County 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 Neil McCann

A message from managing-director John Nelms

This Week in History

DFC in the Community update

The regular series of articles looking at the players who have worn the different squad numbers over the years featuring this week number 34

Where are they now?

Profile on visitors Ross County

Junior Dees News

Classic Match

Dundee Supporters Association news


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 Ross County 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

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