Dundee v Morton Preview

Tomorrow Morton travel to Dundee for the second time this season. In that CIS cup tie we were beaten 2-0 (match report - http://greenockmortonfc.blogspot.com/2007/08/dundee-2-0-morton.html).

This match - a league encounter rather than the cup - should prove to be as difficult as the earlier fixture. Not only are Dundee a decent team, as shown in their battling performance against Celtic in midweek, but Morton have a crippling injury list exacerbated by last Saturday's tussle with a bruising St. Johnstone side.

In today's Greenock Telegraph Roger Graham quotes Jim McInally as saying: “Both Michael [Gardyne] and Dean [Keenan] must be rated very doubtful. Iain [Russell] has been sick and it looks as if it might be flu. We’ll need to play it by ear.” Therefore Russell, Keenan, and Gardyne can be added to a list that already includes David MacGregor, Kieran McAnespie, Chris Millar and although they have both recently featured on the substitutes bench, Scott McLaughlin and David McGurn. Neither are match fit.

Ludovic Roy is out for Dundee while defender David Worrell is doubtful.

For me Dundee's key men are the central midfield pairing of Kevin McDonald and Scott Robertson (pictured). Robertson was particularly impressive when he played against us in August while McDonald was a stand out against Celtic the other night. This match could be won and lost in the midfield and I suspect this could be our downfall.

My Prediction: Dundee 2 - 1 Morton

Tele' match preview: http://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/article.php?sec=2&id=15727

BBC team news: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_div_1/7017208.stm

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