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Dundee vs Morton – Match Preview

by Dean McKinnon

Morton will attempt to win four league matches in a row for the first time since October 2016 tomorrow, as they travel to Dens Park to take on Championship newcomers Dundee. Dougie Imrie’s side have bested Queens Park, Hamilton and Raith Rovers in their last three outings and now sit three points off top spot in a characteristically tight Championship.

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Photo - GBR Photographs.

Squad Update

Dougie Imrie should boast a fully available squad for his side’s trip up the A9. Robbie Crawford and Liam Grimshaw appear to be nearing full fitness, as has been reflected in their recent performances. Alan Lithgow should be available following his shoulder injury, however recent defensive performances would suggest he may have slightly longer to wait to claim a place in the gaffer’s starting line-up.

Current Connections

There are no ex-Dundee players in Dougie Imrie’s squad, although Grant Gillespie and Robbie Muirhead both spent brief spells on the opposite side of Tannadice Street with Dundee United.

Paul McMullan joined The Ton on loan in February 2016, making quite possibly the most successful debut in the club’s history, playing a significant part in a 3-0 demolition of Hibs at Easter Road. He would go on to make ten more appearances for Jim Duffy’s side, hitting the net once, before joining Dunfermline on loan the following season.

Dundee vice-captain Paul McGowan arrived at Cappielow is a little-known 19 year old striker, a product of Celtic’s youth academy. McGowan immediately endeared himself to the Cowshed faithful, helping himself to fourteen goals in forty-one appearances in all competitions as Jim McInally’s side would finally clinch the third-tier title. McGowan also scored the third goal in that magical win against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup. Following an apparent six-figure bid for the player from chairman Douglas Rae being rejected, McGowan would join Hamilton on loan in the SPL before crossing the Renfrewshire divide to join St Mirren.

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Photo - GBR Photographs.

Tale of the Tape

Both sides locked horns on Matchday 4 this season in a largely forgettable 0-0 draw at Cappielow. The Ton could claim to have shaded the match in terms on possession and chances, but neither side could have asserted that they deserved maximum points. Paul McMullan saw his effort rebound off the crossbar in the first half, with Robbie Muirhead hitting the post for the hosts in the second half.

Morton’s last win against the Dark Blues on Matchday 6 of the ill-fated 2019/20 season, with Peter Grant’s guided header on the stroke of half time separating the sides in a 1-0 win. Only Lewis Strapp, Cammy Blues and Reece Lyon, who is currently out on loan, remain at the club from the squad that claimed that result.

Eleven years have passed since The Ton left Dens Park with all three points. Andy Jackson scored the only goal on Boxing Day 2011 as a man of the match performance from on-loan Celtic goalkeeper Dominic Cervi played a huge part in Allan Moore’s side claiming the win.

Opposition Analysis

The Dundonian side fell 1-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday night in the League Cup Quarter Final with Steven Davis grabbing the only goal. Having taken only seven points from their last five Championship matches, tomorrow’s match will feel like a must win for Gary Bowyer and his side. Having only nine points to show for their endeavours in five matches at Dens this season, the Championship new boys will be demanding an improvement in their home form as they undoubtedly eye a return to Scotland’s top table.

In their last Championship outing, Dundee bested Ayr United 2-1 to move level on points with the Ayrshire side. This result was much needed for the The Dee following a 3-1 defeat to Cove Rangers and a 1-1 draw with Angus rivals Arbroath.

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Photo - GBR Photographs.

Betting Guide

All match odds are provided by McBookie. Odds are correct as of 10am on 20th October 2022 and are subject to change. Please only bet within your means and visit BeGambleAware if you are struggling.

Dundee head into this match as favourites, listed at 8/13 to keep all three points in Dundee, with the draw chalked at 14/5, and The Ton 15/4 to take all three points. With a Draw/Morton ‘double chance’ bet listed at 13/10, there may be some value in betting on Dundee to drop points.

Regular penalty taker, and Morton’s second top goalscorer so far this term, Grant Gillespie, is a generous 11/2 to score at anytime. If you fancy Robbie Muirhead to continue his impressive goalscoring run, you can back him at 8/1 to score in the match and The Ton to take all three points.

Match Officials

Referee – Lloyd Wilson

AR1 – Stuart Stevenson

AR2 – Ross Nelson

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