Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Arbroath

Saturday, 31st Aug 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: Saturday 31st August 2019, 3.00pm kick off at Gayfield Park

Management, players and fans alike are all looking forward to the trip up the Angus coast where Dunfermline Athletic are the guests of League One Champions, Arbroath. Adding spice to the afternoon will be the meeting with the Gayfield club`s manager Dick Campbell.

Since the mid eighties Dunfermline and Arbroath have only played in the same league once. That was in League One in season 2013-2014 and that brought about three Dunfermline wins and one Arbroath. The last time Arbroath won a home league match over Dunfermline was in January 1984.

Milestones Arbroath (away)
Last League Victory | 26/04/14 | 2-1 | League One
Last League Defeat | 21/01/84 | 0-3 | Second Division
Best League Victory | 14/09/57 | 5-0 | Division Two
09/08/52 | 5-0 | League Cup
Worst League Defeat | 03/10/25 | 0-5 | Division Two
| 23/01/54 | 0-5 | Division B
Last Goalless Draw | 22/03/86 | 0-0 | Second Division
First League Meeting | 04/02/22 | 0-0| Division Two

Twelve Most Recent Meetings
The Fifers have won ten of the last twelve fixtures, Arbroath one and one drawn

15/08/17 | Dunfermline 2-0 Arbroath | Challenge Cup
19/07/16 | Dunfermline 3-0 Arbroath | League Cup
25/07/15 | Arbroath 1-4 Dunfermline | Challenge Cup
26/04/14 | Arbroath 1-2 Dunfermline | League One
25/02/14 | Dunfermline 3-0 Arbroath | League One
21/12/13 | Arbroath 0-3 Dunfermline | League One
17/08/13 | Dunfermline 2-3 Arbroath | League One
31/07/10 | Dunfermline 5-2 Arbroath | League Cup
24/07/10 | Dunfermline 1-0 Arbroath | Challenge Cup
25/07/09 | Dunfermline 2-1 Arbroath | Challenge Cup
22/04/86 | Dunfermline 2-0 Arbroath | Second Division
22/03/86 | Dunfermline 0-0 Arbroath | Second Division

Last League Meeting at Gayfield Park
Arbroath 1 Dunfermline 2, League One
Saturday 26th April 2014

For the last away fixture of the league season, the Pars were in Arbroath to meet the team at the foot of the table. Paul Sheerin`s team began the match just one point behind fellow relegation candidates East Fife and there was clearly going to be a fight to the end.

After just 14 minutes Stephen Husband launched a fierce shot from distance at the Arbroath goal and when keeper Scott Morrison could not hold on to the ball, Ryan THOMSON reacted first to chest the ball into the net. 0-1

Nine minutes into the second half, the home side scored the equaliser they had sought in spectacular fashion. Bobby Linn sent in the corner from the left and Michael TRAVIS made the run to the near post and his diving header was glanced into the top corner. 1-1

Arbroath were to lose to a 79th minute goal. Danny Grainger played the free kick short to Lewis Spence when everyone was expecting the ball to be lobbed into the box. Banjo was left in Grainger`s slipstream as he received the return and took off down the left from where he delivered a great ball into the box that Andy GEGGAN turned it into the net. 1-2

ARBROATH: Scott Morrison, Michael Travis, Alex Keddie, Colin Hamilton, Ryan McGeever, Kevin Nicoll, Paul Sheerin (Ross Chisholm 75), Bobby Linn, Paul McManus, Kenny Deuchar (Leighton McIntosh 73), Alan Cook (David Banjo 78).
SUBS NOT USED: Lari Yao, Chris Scott, Ricky Little, Sandy Wood (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully; Ross Millen, Callum Morris, Jonathan Page, Danny Grainger; Andy Geggan (c), Stephen Husband (Shaun Byrne 68), Josh Falkingham, Ross Forbes (Lewis Spence 68); Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Ryan Wallace 78), Ryan Thomson.
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Goodfellow (GK), Ryan Williamson, Allan Smith, Lewis Martin.

Form Last Six Matches

Dundee United (H) 0-2
Celtic (A) L 1-2 AET
Queen of the South (A) D 1-1
Dundee (H) D 2-2
East Kilbride (H) 4-0
Edinburgh City (A) L 0-1

Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 1-2
Queen of the South (H) L 0-2
Alloa Athletic (H) L 2-3
Hibernian (A) L 0-3
Stirling Albion (A) W 6-1

Recent Form

Dunfermline are seeking their first league win of the season. It is eleven league matches back since they picked up three league points.

Arbroath won their first two Betfred Cup games and with a Bobby Linn strike, won their first Championship match at Alloa on Saturday.

League Position: 8th
League Points: 2
Goal Difference: -2
League Record: P3 W0 D2 L1 GF3 GA5
Last Six Match Form: LWDDDL

League Position: 5th
League Points: 4
Goal Difference: 0
League Record: P3 W1 D1 L1 GF2 GA2
Last Match Form: WLLDLW

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE v Dundee United):
Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Stuart Morrison, Lewis Martin: Paul Paton (c), Ryan Dow, Tom Beadling (Matthew Todd, 78), Josh Coley (Kyle Turner HT): Andy Ryan (Lewis McCann 68), Kevin Nisbet.
SUBS NOT USED: Josh Edwards, Gabby McGill, Danny Devine, Cammy Gill (GK)

ARBROATH v Alloa Athletic: Darren Jamieson: Jason Thomson, Ricky Little, Thomas O`Brien, Colin Hamilton: David Gold (Josh Campbell 70), James Murphy, Mark Whatley, Michael McKenna (Omar Kader 76), Bobby Linn, Greig Spence (Steven Doris 75).
SUBS NOT USED: Luke Donnelly, Robert Wilson, Ben Stirling, Derek Gaston (GK).

Other Championship Fixtures

Dundee United v Dundee (Friday)
Inverness Caley Thistle v Morton (Friday)
Partick Thistle v Ayr United
Queen of theSouth v Alloa Athletic

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