Ayr United vs. Raith Rovers Match Preview
Saturday 20th March 2021. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, David Hopkin takes charge of his first match in charge of Ayr United at Somerset Park. Hoppy makes his home debut against Raith Rovers on the back of an important win at Dundee on Tuesday night, which lifted the Honest Men up into seventh place.
After three consecutive home defeats, United picked up seven points from a possible 12 on the road, losing only to league leaders Hearts at Tynecastle. With just six points separating 4th and 9th place in the table, it is another hugely important match as the Championship hurtles towards its climax.
Rovers head to Ayrshire without a win in their last three matches. On Tuesday night, they were defeated 1-0 by Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Starks Park. Veteran defender Iain Davidson was sent-off after just 11 minutes, with Caley grabbing what proved to be the winner 10 minutes into the second-half.
Despite a poor run of form, John McGlynn’s side remain in third place, just a point behind rivals Dunfermline.
Andre Wright misses out through injury however we are hopeful he will be taking part in within a week.
The Manager Says:
Head to Head
Ayr United wins: 35
Raith Rovers wins: 18
United are unbeaten in the last five meetings between the sides and six of the last seven at Somerset Park.
There is yet to be a goal in the two meetings between the sites this season. It was an entertaining but ultimately goalless draw at Starks Park just 10 days ago, when David White was in temporary charge of the Honest Men, and the same scoreline at Somerset Park in December.
Referee – David Dickinson
Assistant Referee 1 – Drew Kirkland
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine
Supporters of both sides can purchase a PPV Pass to watch this game for £12.50 by visiting Ayr United Football Club | Pay Per View (ayrunitedfc.co.uk). Season ticket holders should use their QR code to log-on to watch the match.
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