Scottish Championship leaders Ayr United gave Dundee United a footballing lesson last weekend and dented the Tangerines’ hopes of gaining automatic promotion back to the Premier League. The Honest Men came to Tannadice confident of strengthening their position at the top of the division, however even the travelling fans must have been somewhat surprised at the one-sided nature of the encounter with Lawrence Shankland banging-in four goals (including one from the penalty-spot) and Michael Moffat getting one of his own. Boss Robbie Neilson will doubtless be demanding an immediate response from his charges when they travel to Cappielow for their weekend meeting with Greenock Morton and given that the Taysiders have been enjoying some excellent form on their travels, we do believe that they will manage something for their efforts on Saturday afternoon, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Greenock Morton v Dundee United.
Greenock Morton remain very much in the mix with regard to a play-off place, the Ton sitting sixth in the Championship table as things stand. Nevertheless they have been very much a mixed bag in recent weeks with just a single win coming in their last five games across all competitions – this being against League Two side Peterhead in the Scottish Cup third-round replay. They head into this match on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Dunfermline Athletic and it’s hard to get too excited about the home side’s chances of success when Dundee United come to town this weekend. Jonatan Johansson’s men have enjoyed some excellent results in front of their home fans – most notably a 5-0 thrashing of Patrick Thistle early last month – however we don’t fancy their chances of managing anything more than a consolation goal in this weekend’s outing, Ladbrokes Bookmakers going 3/1 on Dundee United to win and both teams to score.