Queen of the South v Dundee United

Palmerston Park hosts the stand-out game in the Championship today as fourth-placed Queen of the South entertain Dundee United in second, with just three points separating the sides before kick-off.

Queen of the South made a fantastic start to the season that saw them top the table ahead of Hibernian having not lost any of their opening eight league games, as well as making the quarter-finals of the Irn-Bru Cup with a memorable victory over Northern Irish side Linfield.  Since that victory however, things haven’t quite gone to plan for Gavin Skelton’s side.  The Doonhammers went from the highs of the Linfield game to a disaster the very next week as they were humiliated by Morton in a 5-0 home defeat.  Another two successive 1-0 defeats in the league have followed against Ayr United and Raith Rovers, respectively.

It’s been a different scenario for Dundee United who struggled at the beginning of the season but have hit form of late and are enjoying a four game winning streak in all competitions, beginning with a 1-0 victory over Stranraer in the Irn-Bru Cup before winning Championship meetings with St Mirren, Dumbarton and most recently, Falkirk.  The Tangerines are just three points behind league leaders Hibs and will come into this fixture high on confidence.

Nothing could split the teams in their first meeting of the season as Nick van der Velden’s second half strike for United cancelled out Mark Millar’s first half goal.  In a meeting of two sides on two very different runs of form, Dundee United will be the favourites but Queen of the South definitely should not be ruled out in what promises to be quite the battle.

Match preview by back4: “Scottish football’s newest website and podcast, dedicated to covering all four tiers – not just two teams.”

Kick off is at 3pm.

Admission is on the gate priced: Adults £15 ~ Concessions (OAP/Students/16-21 yrs) £9 ~ U16s £5