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Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 17th December 2016

On Saturday, Ayr United make their third trip to the Paisley 2021 Stadium this season for the first of four crucial league games for the Honest Men over the festive season. United are currently seventh in the league table, with a six point advantage over the Buddies and two points ahead of Dumbarton, the visitors to Somerset Park on Christmas Eve. Ayr then face the two clubs above them in the table: sixth placed Queen of the South – currently three points ahead – and then Dunfermline, ahead of United only on goal difference.

If Ian McCall’s men are to emerge from this quartet of matches in a positive position, they will need to reverse a run of results which has borne just two points from a possible 18 and in which goals have been hard to come by.

St. Mirren have kick started their season under new boss Jack Ross, recording their first league victory with a last minute goal away to Queen of the South 10 days ago and following that up with a 1-0 home win over Raith Rovers at the weekend.

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Ian says:”Every game in this league is tough and this game will be no different. We always felt that St Mirren would start start to pick up, they have a good manager and good players. What we have proved is that we can compete with any team in this league. Last week I felt we dominated most of the match we just need things to click in the final third and we are sure they will.”

Head-to-Head (league):
Ayr United wins – 27
Draws – 33
St. Mirren wins – 37

United’s last league win in Paisley came in November 2001 courtesy of a late Pat McGinlay goal.

Last meeting: In each of the three meetings between the sides this season, the Buddies have netted late, snatching victory at home in the League Cup and Challenge Cup and a point at Somerset Park in the league at the end of August.

On this day: in 1994, Ayr defeated Kilmarnock 4-1 in the Ayrshire Cup at Somerset Park.

Match Officials:
Referee – Andrew Dallas
Assistant Referee 1 – Douglas Ross
Assistant Referee 2 – Willie Ferguson

Adult – £20
OAP (Over 65) – £10
Child (under 18) – £10
Child (under 12) – £5
Wheelchair User* – £10
Carer – FREE

United fans will occupy the West Stand and enter through turnstiles 15 and 16.

Our fans can purchase tickets from the window at the away end of the ground (North Stand) from 1:30pm to kick-off time (3:00pm).