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Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 8th April 2017, kick-off 5.15pm

On Saturday, Ayr United play their penultimate home game of the league season when Dundee United are the visitors to Somerset Park for the early evening kick-off. The Honest Men dropped to the bottom of the table last weekend following the loss to Queen of the South but with four points separating the bottom four clubs and 12 points up for grabs it is still all to play for.

Dundee United picked up a valuable win during midweek, defeating Dunfermline 1-0 at Tannadice on Tuesday. That result, coupled with Morton’s defeat in the Renfrewshire Derby, saw them climb into third place in the table, a point ahead of Morton and one point behind second-placed Falkirk, with whom they drew last weekend.

Elsewhere in the bottom-half of the Championship on Saturday, Dumbarton are at home to Dunfermline, Raith Rovers host Morton and St. Mirren travel to face Falkirk.

Team News: Paddy Boyle is suspended. Conrad Balatoni and Robbie Crawford are out with injuries.

Ian McCall says: “Quite simply we have to be miles better than last week. We have to show a passion, a desire, a commitment that wasn’t there last Saturday. We have quality in the team but we have to work a lot harder and the boys will do that tomorrow. There will be a few changes to the team after last weeks display and with the injuries and suspension so that will give an opportunity to some of the boys that have been on the sidelines recently. We feel like we owe Dundee United one so we are really looking forward to the game as we know we can perform against them.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 23
Draws – 11
Dundee United wins –11

Ayr have lost the last seven league meetings between the sides, with their last league win over the Tangerines coming in April 1977.

Last meeting: Ian McCall’s side will be looking to prevent Ray McKinnon’s men becoming the only side to take maximum points off them this season. The Honest Men came close to snatching a point at Tannadice in the last encounter between the sides at the end of last month, Mark Durnan netting the winner after Gary Harkins had equalised Simon Murray’s opener.

The Arabs’ visit to Somerset Park earlier in the season saw an early Tope Obadeyo breakaway goal secure them the win.

On this day: in 1972, Ayr defeated Dundee United 4-2 at Somerset Park. More recently, the Honest Men were involved in a nine goal thriller away to Dumbarton. United were 3-0 up after 12 minutes through Ray Logan, Christ Strain and Jerome Vareille. Two Andy Rodgers goals either side of Kieran McAnespie’s strike brought the Sons back into it, who went on to equalise with goals from John Gemmell and Paul McQuilken but Ayr were not to be denied, Chris Robertson making it 5-4 in the 79th minute.

Match Officials:
Referee – Crawford Allan
Assistant Referee 1 – Gordon Crawford
Assistant Referee 2 – Paul O’Neill
Fourth Official – Grant Irvine

Admission:
Adults – £17
OAP’s and students – £10
Under 16s – £5

Away turnstiles:
• Stand – 9 & 10
• Terracing – 2, 3 & 5

We look forward to welcoming all fans to Somerset Park. Your support is vital. However, we all need to be able to enjoy watching games in a safe and considerate environment. We ask that you support the players and team without resorting to unacceptable behaviour that can lead to the Club and individuals facing charges.

Like all Scottish grounds, Ayr United have a searching policy as a condition of entry.
Possessing or using any pyro device and anyone detected will be liable to prosecution and a lifetime ban from Somerset Park.

Copies of our Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found around the stadium, Match programme and on our website. https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

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