Ayr United vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Saturday 5th October 2019. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United look to extend their unbeaten run to six games when Inverness are the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men have been in magnificent form of late, scoring seven goals in their last two games. Comfortable away wins over Alloa Athletic and Arbroath mean we remain level on points with Dundee United at the top of the Championship table.
It is the first home game in charge for the interim management team of Sandy Stewart, Mark Kerr and Kenny Brannigan, who will be hoping for another victory going into the international break. United have won all three of their home games in the Championship this season, including against Dundee United last time out.
Opponents: Inverness saw their own six-game unbeaten run ended by Partick Thistle at the Caledonian Stadium last Saturday. John Robertson’s side had conceded just two goals in wins over Arbroath, Morton (twice, once in the Challenge Cup), Dunfermline and Queen of the South – plus a goalless draw at home to Dundee – but were undone by Thistle, who won 3-1.
Caley Thistle currently occupy third place in the league table, five points behind the joint-leaders.
Team News: Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Steven Bell, Mark Kerr and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries.
Sandy says: “Our fans must have really enjoyed the recent performances and we hope that encourages even more to turn up tomorrow. We always try and play football in an attractive way so getting bigger crowds at Somerset would be a great boost for the boys. The players have handled the last couple of weeks brilliantly, we have had another great weeks training and there is a great spirit in the dressing room. We know all about the different problems Inverness will give us and we have been working on that all week.”
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Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 7
Draws – 12
Inverness wins – 16
Caley Thistle are unbeaten in the last 12 league matches between the sides.
Luke McCowan’s first goal for the club gave United hope in the second-leg of the Premiership play-off quarter-final at the end of last season but, despite a brave display in the Highlands, we were unable to overcome a two goal deficit from the first leg at Somerset Park.
Inverness took 10 points from a possible 12 in the four regular season games and have won on each of their last five league visits to Somerset Park, a run stretching back to 2003.
Referee – Steven McLean
Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe
Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney
Adults – £18
Concessions (18-21, Students, 65+) – £12
Under 18 – £6