Dunfermline match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dunfermline

Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 3rd December 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United will hope return to second place in the Championship when they return from a lengthy lay-off at home to Dunfermline Athletic. With a frozen pitch postponing Saturday’s fixture versus Arbroath, which will now go ahead next Tuesday, it is now three-and-a-half weeks since the Honest Men were last in action.

 

Opponents: Dunfermline Athletic bounced back from their shock Scottish Cup defeat at Stranraer by thrashing Ian McCall’s Partick Thistle on Saturday. The Pars capitalised on Thomas O’Ware’s fourth minute red card to rack up five goals against the hapless Jags, with striker Kevin Nisbet helping himself to four goals in a 5-1 win against his former club.

 

That result sees Dunfermline in sixth place in the league table and Stevie Crawford’s side will break into the top four with a win at Somerset Park tonight.

 

Team News: Steven Bell joins Kris Doolan (ankle) and long-term absentees Jamie Adams and Andy Murdoch on the sidelines. Luke McCowan serves the first of his two match ban.

Mark says: “It is great to get back into it after so long without a game. We were hugely disappointed with Saturdays game being off as we were raring to go and had prepared extremely well for it. It is great that we haven’t had to wait long to get back out there and a Tuesday night under the lights at Somerset is always something to look forward to. Dunfermline are on a good run and had a very good result at the weekend, we have had them watched and know what to expect. We need to get some momentum going again and that starts tonight. “

Championship Form:

Ayr United: LLWWL

Dunfermline: LWWLW

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 37

Draws – 30

Dunfermline wins – 57

 

The Pars are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 visits to Somerset Park on league duty.

 

Previous Meeting:

An end-to-end game at East End Park in October saw the home side pick up their first home win of the season. Greg Kiltie opened the scoring for the Pars but Lee Ashcroft’s own goal levelled the scoreline before the break. A fine Alan Forest strike put Ayr in the lead before Ashcroft atoned for his own goal with the goal of the month – a spectacular volley to draw Dunfermline level before Andy Ryan netted the fifth goal of the game to make it Dunfermline 3, Ayr United 2.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Euan Anderson

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross McLeod

 

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.