Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ayr United
Saturday 12th January 2019. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United travel north to Inverness looking to get back to winning ways after falling to their first league defeat since October last weekend. Since thrashing Dundee United 5-0 at the end of November, the Honest Men have drawn three and lost one but remain in touch with top-of-the-table Ross County, sitting just three points behind with a game in hand.
The Opposition: A poor run of form has seen Inverness slide down in the league table in recent weeks. Back-to-back 2-1 defeats at the hands of Ross County and at home to Queen of the South leaves Caley in sixth position, albeit only two points off Greenock Morton in the final promotion play-off spot.
Remarkably, Inverness have just one home win in the Championship this season, coming against Partick Thistle in mid-September. Seven of their 10 league matches at the Caledonian Stadium have ended in a draw.
John Robertson has added former Hearts, Kilmarnock and Raith Rovers defender Kevin McHattie to his squad during the January transfer window, following a spell with Derry City.
Form Guide (League):
Ayr United – WDDDL
Inverness – LDWLL
Team News: Lawrence Shankland, Jamie Adams, Mark Kerr, Liam Smith and Alan Forrest are out with injuries. Andy Murdoch is suspended.
Ian says: “Last week was very frustrating. We didn’t play well but it was a game we definetly should not have lost. Falkirk didn’t really create anything of note and we had a lot of the ball. We can’t allow ourselves to get into a habit of not taking chances so of course that is something we have been working on. Inverness are a very difficult team to beat and it will be an extremely difficult game but after a loss we can’t wait to get back out there.”
Head to Head:
Ayr United wins – 7
Draws – 11
Inverness wins – 12
United have only ever won once at the Caledonian Stadium in 15 matches, that victory coming in Division One in January 2003. Stewart Kean scored in the third minute and the Honest Men held on despite Paul Lovering’s late red card.
Last Match: Ayr United left the Highland capital in August frustrated not to take all three points despite having full back Daniel Harvie sent-off for two bookable offences and playing for over an hour with 10 men. The game ended goalless.
The first scheduled fixture between the sides at Somerset Park this season was postponed last month due to high winds.
On this day: in 1957, United defeated Rangers 1-0 at Somerset Park.
Referee – Willie Collum
Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe
Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Macleod
Adults – £20
Concessions – £15 (16-25, Senior Citizens)
Under 16s – £6
MESSAGE FROM INVERNESS
Ayr support should park in the South car park including buses.
Entry is via turnstiles 7&8 and they will be housed in sections D-F of the South stand (Behind the goal).
The sports bar at the front of the main stand is open to all fans in possession of a valid match ticket from 13:30 with last orders at 14:30 at which time there will be no further admission to the bar and the bar will close at 14:45 when all remaining fans should leave and then enter through the turnstiles
Tickets will be available from the windows at the front of the main stand and possibly from the kiosk but that has yet to be confirmed We recommend fans arrive in good time as there will likely be queues at the ticket windows which are used by both sets of supporters