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Ayr United vs. Queen of the South
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 8th April 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United look to bounce back from a heavy defeat in Paisley when Queen of the South are the visitors to Somerset Park. Only a win for the Honest Men will guarantee the Honest Men stay off the bottom of the table, and with the bottom six teams in the Championship all playing each other, would see Ian McCall’s men close the gap on some of their rivals.

Queen of the South beat Dundee United 4-2 last weekend, ended a run of five matches without a win. The Doonhamers lie in fifth position in the league table, eight points behind the final promotion play-off position and eight points ahead of Ayr in ninth.

Elsewhere in the bottom-half of the Championship, St Mirren are at home to Dumbarton and there is a Fife derby between Dunfermline and Raith Rovers at East End Park.

Team News: Conrad Balatoni and Jamie Adams miss out. Everyone else is available for selection.

Ian McCall says: “After last week I hear a lot of people writing us off however we have beaten 3 of the teams around us in recent games and we have trained well all week and are fully focused on this game. We need to win our battles all over the pitch and with our fans behind us there is no doubt we can get a positive result.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 23
Draws – 8
Queen of the South wins –14

Last meeting: The sides played out a goalless draw in their last encounter, at Palmerston Park on Hogmanay. Queen of the South’s previous visit to Somerset Park ended in a 1-0 win to the home side courtesy of a second-half Paul Cairney goal but it was a 4-1 win for the Doonhamers in the first meeting between the two clubs this season.

On this day: United’s record on the 8th April reads W6, D6, L6. One of those defeats came in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup against Rangers at Hampden in 2000. The last two league matches on this date have ended 1-1, against Alloa in 2006 and Dundee in 1995.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe
Assistant Referee 2 – Garry Doherty

Admission:
Adults – £17
OAP’s and students – £10
Under 16s – £5

Queen of the South supporters buses can park in Craigie Park