Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Arbroath

Wednesday, 4th Mar 2020

Ladbrokes Championship: (away) Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7.45pm kick off at Gayfield

The Pars will want to make amends for their defeat there earlier in the season when they return to Gayfield. The sides sit equal on 34 points, the Fifers with a better goal difference but having played one more match. Dunfermline might have felt lacking in action since 1st February but Dick Campbell’s team have played one less game than their visitors in February.

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. Arbroath won the first Championship meeting in August but that was their first home win over Dunfermline since January 1984.

Milestones Arbroath (away)
Last League Victory | 26/04/14 | 2-1 | League One
Last League Defeat | 31/08/19 | 1-0 | Championship
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

Last Meeting at Gayfield
Arbroath 1 Dunfermline 0
Ladbrokes Championship, Saturday 31 August 2019

It was a very windy afternoon in Arbroath for the Pars first league match at Gayfield for five years. The teams changed ends after the toss and it was the home side who were to play into the wind in the first half.

Goalless at the break Luke Donnelly replaced the already yellow carded, Greig Spence upfront for Arbroath before the second 45 got going. The sub was to make an immediate impact finding the net after five minutes with his first significant touch of his game. The goal came from a break out of his own half by Bobby Linn and his pass to DONNELLY on the right allowed the sub to coolly net with a low shot to the near post from 20 yards. 1-0

Really Dunfermline did not test the Arbroath defence nearly enough, they did not capitalise on the strong first half wind on their backs and they only managed two shots on target, both from Turner that were easily kept out by Jamieson.

ARBROATH: Darren Jamieson: Jason Thomson, Ricky Little, Thomas O`Brien, Colin Hamilton: David Gold (Josh Campbell 78), James Murphy, Mark Whatley (c), Michael McKenna, Bobby Linn (Omar Kader 90), Greig Spence (Luke Donnelly HT).
SUBS NOT USED: Steven Doris, Robert Wilson, Ben Stirling, Derek Gaston (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Danny Devine, Lewis Martin: Josh Coley (Harry Cochrane 65), Paul Paton (c), Tom Beadling (Gabby McGill 76), Lewis McCann (Andy Ryan 83): Kyle Turner: Kevin Nisbet, .
SUBS NOT USED: Stuart Morrison, Matthew Todd, Josh Edwards, Cammy Gill (GK)

Twelve Most Recent Meetings
The Fifers have won ten of the last twelve fixtures, Arbroath the other two including the last one earlier this season at Arbroath.

29/10/19 | Dunfermline 2 Arbroath 0 | Championship
31/08/19 | Arbroath 1-0 Dunfermline | Championship
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

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline have won three of their last six matches and away from home have won three of their last nine games.

Arbroath were knocked out of the William Hill Scottish Cup at Falkirk but they have won four of their last six league games including an impressive result from Tannadice.

Dundee United (H) W 2-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 1-2
Queen of the South (A) W 3-2
Dundee (H) W 2-0
Morton (A) L 2-3
Ayr United (H) L 0-1

Queen of the South (H) W 2-0
Dundee United (A) W 1-0
Falkirk (A) L 0-2
Partick Thistle (H) 2-1
Alloa Athletic (A) L 0-2
Falkirk (H) D 0-0

Current League Stats

League Position: 6th
League Points: 34
Goal Difference: +5
League Record: P25 W10 D4 L10 GF39 GA34
Away League Record: P11 W3 D2 L6 GF15 GA18
Last Six League Match Form: LLWWLW

League Position: 7th
League Points: 34
Goal Difference: +2
League Record: P24 W10 D4 L10 GF23 GA25
Home League Record: P12 W6 D3 L3 GF14 GA10
Last Six League Match Form: WLLWWW

Teams last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Dundee United):
Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie (Lewis Martin 16), Lee Ashcroft, Danny Devine, Euan Murray: Dom Thomas, Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner, Ethan Ross (Joe Thomson 67): Jonathan Afolabi: Kevin Nisbet (Tom Beadling 76).
SUBS NOT USED: Josh Edwards, Matthew Todd, Lewis McCann, Cammy Gill (GK)

ARBROATH (v Queen of the South): Derek Gaston: Jason Thomson, Rikki Little, Thomas O’Brien, Colin Hamilton: Mike Virtanen: David Gold (James Craigen 53), Mark Whatley (James Murphy 85), Gavin Swankie (Scott Stewart 70): Dale Hilson: Craig Wighton
SUBS NOT USED: Omar Kader, Bobby Linn, Luke Donnelly, Darren Jamieson (GK).

Referee for the match on Wednesday night will be as at East End Park in October, John McKendrick.

Other Championship Fixtures this midweek

Ayr United v Dundee United (Tuesday) 0-0
Dundee v Alloa Athletic (Tuesday) 0-0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Greenock Morton (Tuesday) 3-2
Partick Thistle v Queen of the South (Tuesday) 0-0

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