Dunfermline match preview

Queen of the South vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 7th January 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United look to start 2017 with a win when Dunfermline Athletic are the visitors to Somerset Park. It is another crucial match in the Championship, with sixth placed Dunfermline just two points ahead of the Honest Men in ninth.

Ayr United have lost just one of their last six games, drawing the last three, but are without in win in the last nine league games.

Dunfermline Athletic are the division’s form team with 12 points from their last six games (three wins and three draws). On Monday, they defeated local rivals Raith Rovers 2-0 at Starks Parks with goals from Nicky Clark and Lee Ashcroft.

Team News: “Ross Docherty is suspended, Craig McGuffie and Craig Moore are out injured.”

Ian McCall says: “First game of 2017 at Somerset Park and it is one we are looking forward to. We are unbeaten in our last 3 however we need to start turning these draws into wins. Last week was probably our poorest performance for a wee while however in difficult conditions we still came out of it with a point. After last season our games with Dunfermline always have that wee bit of spice to them and there always seems to be excitement galore when we play them. They are on a really good run and like every game in this league it will be difficult. Jamie Adams comes back into the squad and Craig Moore is hopefully only a couple of weeks away.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 22
Draws – 16
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 21

The Pars are unbeaten in their last 10 visits to Somerset Park.

Last meeting: Both league meetings between the sides this season have ended in draws. It was goalless when the sides met at Somerset Park at the start of October before the sides drew 1-1 in Fife a month ago – a match which saw Greg Fleming save two spot kicks.

On this day: in 2012, Ayr defeated Livingston away from home in the Scottish Cup. Michael McGowan and Andy Geggan netted for the Honest Men in a 2-1 win.

Match Officials:
Referee – Craig Thomson
Assistant Referee 1 – Stuart Hodge
Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney

Admission:
Adults – £17
Concessions – £10
Under 16 – £5