Arbroath match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Arbroath

Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 10th December 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tomorrow night (Tuesday), Ayr United return to action looking to bounce back from three consecutive defeats. Mark Kerr’s side returned from Inverness empty handed on Saturday and, following defeat at home to Dunfermline last Tuesday and away to Queen of the South at the start of November, will hope to put three points on the board against Arbroath under the lights at Somerset Park.

 

Dunfermline moved ahead of United at the weekend with their win over Greenock Morton, but the Honest Men can retake third place and move within two points of second placed Inverness with victory.

 

Opponents: Arbroath continued their positive start to the season on Saturday, holding near-neighbours Dundee to a draw at Gayfield. Bobby Linn opened the scoring during a dominant first-half performance from the Red Lichties, his eighth goal of the season, but there were no complaints from manager Dick Campbell when Kane Hemmings’ second-half header salvaged a point for the visitors.

 

A win for Arbroath in Ayrshire would see them draw level on points with the Honest Men and move above Dundee in the league table into fifth place.

 

Team News: There are no new injury concerns for Mark Kerr who is boosted by the return of Luke McCowan from suspension.

Mark says: “There is no question there will be a few changes for the game as the last couple of displays have not been good enough. The goals we lost on Saturday were very poor but going forward we didn’t do enough. Luke comes back into the squad for this game and there is no doubt we have missed him. We need to make sure that we still pick up points even when the performance isn’t great as that is something we have been failing to do. With home games tomorrow and Saturday we have an opportunity to get back to winning ways and we will be doing everything we can to do just that.”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: WWLLL

Arbroath: LWWLD

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 56

Draws – 20

Arbroath wins – 28

 

Arbroath won both league meetings between the sides at Somerset Park the season Ayr were promoted from League 1 – despite United taking the lead in both games.

 

Previous Meeting:

The Honest Men were comfortable winners over Arbroath in the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. An Alan Forrest double and Stephen Kelly strike completed the scoring within the first 27 minutes at Gayfield, United’s first match under the interim management of Sandy Stewart and Mark Kerr following Ian McCall’s departure.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Michael Banks

Assistant Referee 2 – Gary Hanvidge

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)

U18’s – £6

 

Supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets online in advance of kick-off to avoid queuing on matchday.