Dundee United 

Raith Rovers 

Saturday 15th July 2017

Tannadice

Kick off: 3.00pm

 Betfred Cup 

 

 Admission Information: 

Adults – £10 

Concessions – £5*

*Concessions are Over-65s, Under-18s and full time students upon production of valid matriculation card.

Admission to this match is by paying at the turnstiles.

Raith Rovers fans are allocated the West Stand.

Match Preview: 

After their impressive pre-season ended on Monday evening with a 3-0 win over Dunfermline, Raith Rovers start their competitive campaign with a difficult looking trip to Tannadice to face Dundee United, in the opening game of the group stages of the Betfred Cup.

With the two Dundee sides in the group, as well as Buckie Thistle and Cowdenbeath, it’s a difficult looking pool for Rovers, although they came close to winning last season’s group which included Ross County, before faltering in the final match against Alloa Athletic.

United manager Ray McKinnon has embarked on his second overhaul of the squad since arriving at Tannadice, after the disappointment of the last campaign, which saw them lose to Hamilton in the play-off final.

Defender, Tam Scobbie has joined from St. Johnstone, while the midfield has been bolstered by the additions of Billy King from Hearts, Paul McMullan from Celtic, and Dutchman, Jordie Briels, who arrived from Fortuna Sittard after impressing as a trialist over the summer.

Up front, the departures of Simon Murray and Tomas Mikkelsen, has freed up space for James Keatings from Hibernian, and Patrick N’Koyi, who was acquired after leaving Maastricht, a side from the second tier of the Dutch league.

There were some exciting encounters between these two teams last season, with the 2-2 draw at Tannadice last August, arguably the pick of the bunch, with goals from Jordan Thompson and Kevin McHattie, bringing Rovers level after they found themselves two down early in the match.

A 0-0 draw followed at Stark’s Park in December, in a game where Rovers impressed, but had to rely on Kevin Cuthbert saving a lateTony Andreu penalty to seal a point.

United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners the last time the two teams met at Tannadice at the start of February, but it was a different story just a month later, when goals from Craig Barr and Ryan Hardie saw Rovers win 2-1 at Stark’s Park.

Rovers have a good record against United, with the most recent ten meetings producing four wins and two draws.

Saturday’s match referee will be Steven McLean.

Head-To-Head Cup Record Versus Dundee United:

Won: 1 | Draw: 1 | Lost: 5

Goals For: 10 | Goals Against: 13

Match Odds:

Dundee United: 3/5 | Raith Rovers: 9/2 | Draw: 3/1

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