But it will be a considerably different Tangerines line-up to the one that faced the Doonhamers just three months ago.

The Tangerines opened their Championship campaign in a Tannadice draw with Queens on August 6.

But when they run out on the plastic pitch at Palmerston for this clash, more than half the starting line-up could be different.

If gaffer Ray McKinnon does go with the side that battled to a late victory over Falkirk last Saturday, only five of the opening-day starters will remain.

They are Cammy Bell, Mark Durnan, Willo Flood, Tope Obadeyi and Nick van der Velden, whose equaliser that day secured the first league point of the season.

Coming in to face the Doonhamers for the first time this term would be Paul Dixon, Charlie Telfer, Scott Fraser, Tony Andreu, William Edjenguele and Frank van der Struijk.

On the opening day, Dixon was injured, Telfer and Fraser out of favour, while Andreu, Edjenguele and Van der Struijk had still to arrive at Tannadice.

Even the subs bench will have a different look. Henry Anier and Justin Johnson both came on in the 1-1 draw but have since left Tannadice, as has Harry Souttar who was an unused sub.

Injuries mean Queens could also show a few changes from the opening day.

Experienced pair Jamie Hammill and Derek Lyle, as well as former United reserve Dale Hilson have all been sidelined for a while now and that’s contributed to three defeats on the trot for boss Gavin Skelton.