Four per­sonal be key for Dee

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - By TOM DUTHIE

DUNDEE face Kil­marnock at Dens on Satur­day in what’s their big­gest game of the sea­son so far.

Win and the Dark Blues are off the bot­tom of the league for at least 24 hours. Lose and a wor­ry­ing gap will be open­ing up.

That makes vic­tory vi­tal and it’s likely to be de­cided by who comes out on top in sev­eral key bat­tles on and off the pitch.

Tonight we l ook at where the des­ti­na­tion of those mas­sive points will be de­cided.

Josh Meek­ings v Kris Boyd

He’s 34 and has made as many head­lines this sea­son for his new-found ca­reer in me­dia pun­ditry than for his per­for­mances on the park.

Even so, Kil­lie striker Kris Boyd is a man Dundee will have to stop if they are to achieve their aim of get­ting the three points that would take them off the bot­tom of the Pre­mier­ship.

It won’t be easy be­cause, if for­mer Rangers and Scot­land man Boyd is not the force he once was, he is still a dan­ger­ous striker with an eye for goal.

A re­spectable haul of six goals from 14 ap­pear­ances this term shows that and he was on tar­get as Steve Clarke’s men won at Hearts last time out.

Stop­ping him will take a team ef­fort but the man handed most of the re­spon­si­bil­ity could be Josh Meek­ings.

As an ex­pe­ri­enced top-flight de­fender, he’ll know all about the threat of Boyd and, while the Dee de­fence has been leaky this term, Meek­ings’ own form has been good.

Dark Blues de­fender Josh Meek­ings will need to be at his best to keep Kil­lie striker Kris Boyd quiet. Full-back Cammy Kerr tan­gles with Kil­marnock’s Jor­dan Jones the last time the

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