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Ayr United vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
SPFL Championship
Saturday 20th February 2021. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men welcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Somerset Park. Severe weather saw our matches at Dundee and Kirkcaldy postponed over the last 10 days meaning United return to action after a narrow defeat at home to leaders Heart of Midlothian
a fortnight ago.

Just six points separate fourth and ninth places in the Championship table, with sixth place Ayr seven points off Raith Rovers in second, meaning it is still all to play for in this typically competitive division.

Opposition :
Since Boxing Day, Inverness have suffered 11 league and cup postponements leaving them playing catch-up in the Championship. John Roberston’s side have played 12 league games, two fewer than the Honest Men and four less than Hearts, Queen of the South and Arbroath.
The Highlanders were in action during midweek, however they were unable to get their first win since early December, going down to a 2-0 defeat at home to Queen of the South. That result saw them remain in 9th place in the table albeit they are within three points of the
three clubs above them in the table, including United.

That last victory came in the return fixture at Queen of the South and is Caley Thistle’s only away win of the season but also their biggest; Kai Kennedy, Roddy Mcgregor and Miles Storey all getting on the scoresheet in a 3-0 victory.

Team News :  Jordan Houston returns to the squad after injury.

Mark says : We have watched the footage from Inverness game midweek and they should have taken something from the game. They dominated throughout and will be fired up with a point to prove. We head into the game with confidence, although we ended up with no points from the Hearts game there was plenty we could take from it and adding that to the Alloa and Dunfermline games previously we definitely feel we have the ability now to really get some momentum going. Although we lost last week we still have a strong record at Somerset and we want to create another unbeaten run here.”

League Form :
Ayr United : DLDWL
Inverness : LDDDL

Head to head
Ayr United wins : 8
Draws : 13
Inverness wins : 18

United’s 1-0 win over the Highlanders at Somerset in January 2020 ended a 17 year, 14 match run without a league win over Inverness.

Last Meeting :
The sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Caledonian Stadium back in October. Innes Cameron opened the scoring with his first touch after coming on as a second-half after good work by Cammy Smith by Nikolay Todorov grabbed a late equaliser for the home side
to ensure the points were shared.

Ayr: Sinisalo; Muirhead, Reading, Baird, Roscoe; Chamlers (Cameron) Murdoch, Miller; Smith (Hewitt), Moffat (Houston), Anderson.

Match Officials :
Referee – Peter Stuart
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Doyle

Live Coverage:
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