Here’s how we think Dundee will fare in a crucial month

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Dundee will be looking to the likes of striker Marcus Haber, who opened the scoring against St Johnstone last weekend, to finally break their duck at the fifth attempt when they visit Hamilton.

Good news Dundee fans! The Cran-o-meter of Dark Blues results was a bit wonky and I short-changed them a bit at the start of December.

I wrote at the beginning of the festive period I thought they’d only pick up seven points from their seven games.

And I have to say I’m delighted to be proved wrong as last weekend’s 2-0 victory over St Johnstone put them on 10 points from the seven December games.

To be honest, it should even have been 12 — the one point picked up at Motherwell should have been three but for the woodwork and some outstanding goalkeeping from Trevor Carson.

Looking back at the predictions, it’s no surprise the bookies welcome me in with open arms these days — only four right out of seven and two of them were the easiest to call against the league’s top two.

Just so everyone can point and laugh, here was my the predictions for December:

Ross County v Dundee — one point

Dundee v Aberdeen — no points

Hearts v Dundee — one point

Dundee v Partick — three points

Motherwell v Dundee — one point

Dundee v Celtic — no points

St Johnstone v Dundee — one point

The form over the month was probably a bit more up and down than manager Neil McCann would have ideally liked but three wins from seven isn’t to be sniffed at.

Looking at the three defeats in there, getting nothing from Aberdeen and Celtic at home and losing at Tynecastle brings no shame.

Three of the last four, though, with seven points picked up, send the side into the winter break on a real high, optimistic about what the second half of the season might bring.

I’m a glutton for punishment, so, deep breath, here goes another wee go at getting Dundee’s results wrong.

January is obviously a bit truncated by the winter break but the powers-that-be have still managed to squeeze in four games at the end of the month.

Saturday, January 20

Dundee v Inverness CT

Scottish Cup fourth round

Last season, the Dark Blues were dumped out of the Scottish Cup at this stage by a struggling Championship side in St Mirren.

This time they have a resurgent Caley team moving quickly up the second-tier table.

The difference, though, between the top two divisions has got a lot wider in recent seasons and I’d expect Dundee to see off John Robertson’s side comfortably.

Verdict: Win.

Wednesday, January 24

Dundee v Hibs

A tough restart to league life sees Neil Lennon’s men travel to Dens just a few days after the cup matches. The Hibees are a dangerous unit but the Dark Blues picked up a 1-1 draw the last time they met at Dens and they’ve come a long way since then.

Verdict: One point.

Saturday, January 27

Hamilton v Dundee

The Dee just don’t like playing Hamilton, that much is obvious.

Accies have won the last four meetings, scoring 12 goals, and have shown big improvements this season. A tough ask but it’s about time Dundee stopped that run.

Verdict: Three points.

Wednesday, January 31

Kilmarnock v Dundee

Steve Clarke has shown his credentials as a top-class coach in his short time at Killie and even has them winning at home. I expect the Dark Blues’ inconsistency to strike, however.

Verdict: No points.

It’s difficult to know how any side will react after a couple of weeks off and, despite expecting Dundee to continue to improve as the season wears on, their inconsistency and — at time of writing — lack of a real goalscorer will still cost them.

Total: Four points and a cup win.

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