Ayr United vs Dundee United Betting Tip Dundee United – 14 August 2021

Dundee United to progress in League Cup

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ScotlandAyr United vs Dundee UnitedScotland
14 August 1500hrs
Football – Scotland – League Cup
Pick Dundee United
Bookmaker Betvictor
Odds: Evens odds taken 2000 GMT, Tuesday 10 August


Championship side Ayr United have not got off to the best start in the league but will be hopeful of bringing Dundee United back down to earth after their exploits last week.


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David Hopkin is coming up six months in charge of Ayr United and he will be aware of the challenge on his hands. Ayr finished third bottom last season but only outside the relegation playoff spot on goal difference. On the early evidence so far this season it could well be a similar sort of campaign. Ayr have taken a point from their first two games. Kilmarnock comfortably dealt with them in the Ayrshire derby whilst they rescued a point at home to Arbroath last weekend having been two goals down.

Hopkin knows preserving the club’s status in the Championship is the main priority but will also be aware of the benefits that a prolonged cup run could have and the knock on effect on their league form.


Our betting prediction
Dundee United win/Under 2.5 goals
(odds taken 2000 GMT, Tuesday 10 August)

Ayr ended up topping their League Cup section, finishing on 10 points. That’s despite losing to Albion Rovers on penalties. The highlight of the group stage was a 1-0 win away to Hamilton whilst they benefited from Falkirk not being able to fulfil that fixture. The Honest men qualified for the knockout phase last year as well and faced Premiership opposition as well. They lost that one 4-0 away to Livingston.

If Ayr are to upset their Premiership opponents then Tomi Adeloye will have to play a big part. He’s scored three goals already in his short career at Somerset.

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Tam Courts has managed to do something in his short managerial career that every Scottish Premiership manager failed to do last season, and that’s beat Rangers. Dundee United turned in their best performance since returning to the Premiership to get the better of Steven Gerrard’s men. Charlie Mulgrew provided excellent leadership and experience whilst the Arabs were able to unsettle their opponents with energy and a high press throughout the game.

Jamie Robson got the winning goal and it was the perfect response to an opening day defeat and limp performance when losing to Aberdeen.

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United were flawless in the group stage of the League Cup. They won four from four, scored nine goals and conceded just once. It may not have been the strongest of sections but they done what they had to do. Courts will know that his team face a stubborn challenge in this one if they are to progress to the quarter-finals.

Traditionally this is not a competition that they have fared well in. The last time they have went beyond this stage was back in 2016 and they ended up losing to Morton. You sense this a good opportunity for them to put that poor run of form in the League Cup to bed.

Ayr United vs Dundee United Betting Advice

The Scottish League cup moves from the group stage into the first knockout stage and both Ayr and Dundee United will have hopes of making it into the quarter-finals. Something they don’t have much experience of in recent years.

The two teams are familiar with each other, however, with Dundee United only winning promotion from the Championship in 2020.


Key Facts – Ayr United vs Dundee United Betting Tip

  • Ayr topped their League Cup section taking 10 points from four games
  • Dundee United are attempting to reach the quarter finals for the first time in five years
  • These teams last met in March 2020 in a league match which ended in a goalless draw


This could be a tight match and Ayr will attempt to keep it that way for long spells. Dundee United are coming off a big win last week, however, and should prevail in the 90 minutes.


Best Betting Odds for Ayr United vs Dundee United

Ayr United: 11/4 at Betfred
Draw: 12/5 at Betfred
Dundee United: 19/20 at Betfred