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Why Dundee United Can Avoid Ladbrokes Premiership Relegation

| 23.03.2016

This has been a difficult campaign in the Ladbrokes Premiership for Mixu Paatelainen’s side, with Dundee United registering just five league wins so far this season.

But recent results and much-improved performances show United are building momentum. Here’s why it isn’t too late for the Tannadice club to beat the drop. We’re offering 3/1 on them to beat the drop.

McKay is the Man

Unlike fellow relegation candidates Hamilton and Kilmarnock, the Terrors have a proven goalscorer. Billy McKay has struck 12 times so far in the Ladbrokes Premiership and grabbed a vital double to earn United a hard-fought point in last weekend’s Dundee derby. And his teammates are getting in on the act too.

With nine goals in their past five games in all competitions, United aren’t lacking inspiration up front. Fellow strugglers Hamilton, who are 25/1 to finish bottom, have just four goals in their last six Premiership games.

They’re catching up

United have taken seven points from their last five games in the Ladbrokes Premiership. That’s six more than Kilmarnock have managed, and three more than Hamilton. With a game in hand on 11th-placed Killie and the gap now down to seven points, a good result this weekend against Motherwell – who United beat 2-0 away earlier this season – could put serious pressure on their closest rivals.

Performances have improved

Even the recent 2-1 defeat at Fir Park was a game where United were unfortunate not to get something, as they led and dominated the possession. A swashbuckling win away at current top-six side Ross County also showed the silky attacking football of Mixu’s men.

Loyal Support

If there’s ever a time when the players need the fans turning out in numbers and offering vocal support, it’s during a relegation battle. And the crowd for United’s last three home games has been over 8,000 each time, with a turnout of 11,603 who helped roar United back to parity in the derby. They haven’t given up hope, and neither should the players.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.




Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.