Stevie Crawford has warned Dunfermline that the motivational powers of pal Robbie Neilson pose a massive threat to their unbeaten run.
A superb strike from Bobby Linn ensured Dundee could only draw 1-1 against Arbroath at Gayfield.
Dunfermline are on the lookout for a new manager after Allan Johnston left East End Park.
Declan McManus was left stunned by the red card shown to Dunfermline teammate Lee Ashcroft but insists it should not affect them when they head to Tannadice.
Arbroath chairman Mike Caird relishing season ahead in Championship and big games against both Dundee teams
The champagne may finally have stopped flowing but the excitement for Arbroath and their chairman Mike Caird is only just beginning as the club look forward to life in the Championship.
Declan McManus spent last season trying all he could to avoid the play-offs - but is desperate to see Dunfermline seal their place this afternoon.
Last year, Rachid Bouhenna experienced the agony of just missing out on winning a league title while playing in Algeria.
Two men have been charged for throwing plastic eyeballs at a Dunfermline Athletic player in early January.
Dunfermline have sold defender Jackson Longridge to English League 2 side Bradford City.
New Dundee United owner Mark Ogren was at Tannadice for the first time since taking control of the club and he saw his team secure a vital victory over Dunfermline.