Posted by: palmerstonblue | December 8, 2011


Queens will make their first visit of the season to Dens Park on Saturday where they will take on a revitalised Dundee side who have won their last 5 league and cup games on the spin, including last weekend’s emphatic 6-1 win at Hamilton.

Whilst Queens will be looking to build on last weekend’s morale boosting victory over Ayr, the two teams have had mixed fortunes since they shared a goalless ‘non-event’ of a game at Palmerston in October. On that day, Dundee began the game in bottom place in the division, and a run of  5 league wins and just 2 defeats from 7 games has seen them rise to their current position of 3rd in the table. On the other hand, Queens form over the same period has seen them lose 3, draw 2, and win 2, and the victory over Ayr was the first time  that they have been outside the bottom two since the victory over Morton in September.

Recent form for Queens at Dens as been average, but over the last 14 league games played between the 2 teams at Dens, Queens have lost 8 times, drawn 3 times, and won 3 times, and coincidentally all three victories have been by the same 3-2 scoreline.

For Queens, Mark Campbell looks set to miss the game as it appears as though he may have to undergo surgery on his problem groin injury, but Ryan McGuffie who has been absent from the last 2 games, may return to the squad.

Dundee will have a strong squad to pick from, and it will be hard to see Dens boss Barry Smith making many, if any, changes to the side that won so well at Hamilton, and in leading scorer Steven Milne, they have a striker playing at the top of his game. Queens will be hoping that they catch the home side on an off day, and as Dundee have already lost 4 league games at home so far this season, they may fancy their chances of following in the footsteps of Morton, Hamilton, Partick, Ross County, and Ayr who have all left Dens without losing this season. It will be tough for Queens, and Dundee will start as favourites for this one, but I think Queens might well take something from the game and I’m going for a draw, if they do manage to avoid defeat, it will represent Queens best run of the season to date, making them unbeaten in 3……but there’s an awful lot of work to do before that can happen.

Pb’s prediction :   Dundee  1-1 Queens



  1. Simmons to score 1st at Dundee.

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