Raith match preview
Ayr United vs. Raith Rovers
Tuesday 7th September 2021. Kick-off 6pm
Tonight (Tuesday), the Honest Men return to competitive action for the first time in 17 days with the rescheduled cinch Championship fixture versus Raith Rovers at Somerset Park.
After defeat away to Inverness last time out, David Hopkin’s side will be looking to put the enforced lay-off behind them and pick up their first win of the league campaign and build on our last home result where United came from two-goals down to grab a draw against Arbroath.
Rovers recorded a 1-0 win at home to Forfar Athletic in the SPFL Trust Trophy on Saturday but this fixture’s COVID postponement - plus a power cut leading to the late postponement of the Fife derby at Starks Park - mean Raith have played just two league fixtures this season. Rovers held a 4-0 lead going into the last 30 minutes of their opening match of the campaign at home to Hamilton Accies but saw the visitors roar back to claim an unlikely point. John McGlynn’s men followed this up with a 1-0 defeat at Inverness.
The Kirkcaldy side eased through their Premier Sports Cup without conceding a goal; defeating Cowdenbeath and Brechin and recording goalless draws against Livingston and Alloa Athletic. A bonus point against the Lions set up a Second Round match at home to Aberdeen which saw Rovers shock their Premiership opponents with a 2-1 win. Celtic await in the next round.
Grabbing the winner for Raith against the Dons was forward Dario Zanatta, who has three goals in eight appearances since his switch from Somerset Park. Other new faces at Starks Park include veteran former Hearts and Scotland defender Christophe Berra, Irish youngster Ethon Varion, signed on loan from Stoke City, and striker James Keatings. Rovers were recently dealt a blow with the news that forward Lewis Vaughan will miss the whole season after suffering a fourth ACL injury.
Michael Hewitt misses out through injury.
The Manager Says:
Head to Head
Ayr United wins - 52
Draws - 50
Raith wins - 55
Tuesday is the 150th league meeting between the sides. The Honest Men are unbeaten in the last six and edge the series 51 wins to 50.
All three meetings between the sides last season ended in a draw. In March, second-half goals from Aaron Muirhead and Kyle Benedictus led to a share of the points at Somerset Park. The two previous matches ended goalless.
Referee – Chris Graham
Assistant Referee 1 – Ralph Gordon
Assistant Referee 2 – Andrew McWilliam
Entry to Somerset Park is by ticket only. Tickets are available online up until kick-off. Buy on your smartphone and show your QR code at the turnstile.
Supporters unable to be at Somerset Park can stream the game at a cost of £18. Visit the following link to purchase your PPV pass https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/live-streaming. Ayr United season ticket holders can log on and watch for free using their QR code.
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