Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Scottish Cup: Motherwell v Dundee United

A bit delayed, this quarter final replay.

It was supposed to be played last night but the clubs decided the attendance would be badly hit by the first of Scottish election leader's debates on STV.

Three dull men and a scary lady.

Actually, that might not be true.

But the fits and starts of our recent scheduling have dictated that this game is being played during the international break.

That means Motherwell defender Stephen Craigan played the full ninety minutes in Northern Ireland's goalless draw with Slovenia in Belfast last night.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph was also on international duty, risking a chill as he sat on the bench throughout the Republic of Ireland's 3-2 defeat to Uruguay in Dublin.

It ain't ideal. And, with Steven Saunders set to miss out and Stevie Hammond doubtful, Motherwell manager Stuart McCall might be facing a few problems in defence.

All of which serves to reinforce the idea that Dundee United are favourites this evening. A prediction I also confidently made before the first game when United twice had to come back from a goal down at Tannadice.

But recent form suggests that United have, as they say, got their shit together in time for the business end of the season.

Motherwell are about as reliable as Scotrail in the face of a light dusting of snow.

United never know when they're beaten, Motherwell never know what they're going to do.

Which could at least provide the right mix for an exciting night.

Away win.