Here’s how we think Dundee United will fare over the festive period

The Tangerines’ stiffest test will come in the form of St Mirren in Paisley. United beat the Buddies at home in November and will be hoping for a repeat performance before the new year.

Dundee United will be doing as much travelling this festive period as Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.

With three of four games away from home, Csaba Laszlo’s men will be hoping to fly back to Tayside with 12 points in their sack.

Maximum points from four tough ties would be a dream gift for the Arabs but a more realistic target may be eight and an unbeaten run to keep them in the Championship driving seat.

So, how can they do that? The Tele looks at their advent run-in.

United boss Csaba Laszlo is hoping for a Merry Christmas at Tannadice.

Saturday, December 9

Greenock Morton v Dundee United

First up, United head west to take on a resurgent Morton side following three-goal winning-margins over Falkirk and Brechin in their last two.

United do, however, have a good record against Jim Duffy’s men, beating them 2-1 at home in September, and going unbeaten in the league against them last campaign.

Three draws and a win in regular season action, with that solitary victory another 2-1 success at Tannadice, but this could be a tricky away tie in testing conditions at Cappielow.

Both sides need a win to their keep promotion hopes on track.

Verdict: One point.

Saturday, December 16

Queen of the South v Dundee United

A period of poor form has seen Queens drop out of the play-off spots.

The Dumfries side haven’t won in their last three with a heavy 3-0 defeat to Livingston and draws against Dumbarton and Inverness slightly stalling their season.

With a tough away trip to face Dunfermline before welcoming the Terrors to Palmerston, the Doonhamers could be at a low ebb.

There are, as we all know, no easy games in the Championship.

However, due to United’s 2-1 win against Queens in August and the need for wins under new manager Csaba, the Tangerines should be up for this one.

Verdict: Three points.

Saturday, December 23

Dundee United v Livingston

United return to Tannadice two days before Christmas hoping to put a smile on the faces of the Arabs ahead of the big day.

Their home park has been a happy hunting ground for the men in Tangerine with their only defeat in Dundee a 2-0 reverse by Inverness in October.

Livingston did overturn them in West Lothian in the same month but this is a new United.

They were impressive in wins against Falkirk and Dunfermline. So Livingston, a team punching above their weight this season, should hold no fears.

Verdict: Three points.

Friday, December 29

St Mirren v Dundee United

Arguably United’s toughest test before the new year, St Mirren away on a Friday night under the lights in Paisley could define the 2017/18 Championship season.

If both teams can keep up their current pace and star men Scott Fraser and Lewis Morgan perform like they can, we are in for a tasty affair.

Neither will want to lose this one and, with the scores at one win apiece this season, both sides could cancel each other out.

Verdict: One point.

Overall: Eight points.

Although not a perfect Christmas, going unbeaten with eight points from a possible 12 would ensure United remain near the top of the Championship and boss Csaba and his players stay on the Arabs “nice” list for a little while longer.