In the build up to the match The Glasgow Herald writer Jim Reynolds stated that he could not recall a major final in Scotland, including those contested by the Old Firm, which had attracted so much interest. Describing Dundee as the "football capital of Scotland" for the day of the match, Reynolds noted that the match had some features of a David vs Goliath struggle, albeit one with a difference as the two teams fortunes seemed to have switched over the previous few years. United who were the holders of the trophy had traditionally been the weaker side in Dundee, but were enjoying a period of success. By contrast, Dundee had for most of their history been the more successful club, but were now no longer in the top flight. This made United favourites with bookmakers and Reynolds also expected them to win.