Preview ArbroathSaturday, 28th Nov 2020
Betfred Cup Second Round: 3.00pm kick off at Gayfield behind closed doors
Arbroath host Dunfermline in this their fourth successive home match. This Saturday’s Betfred Cup Second Round tie takes the Pars to a venue they failed to take a win from in their two visits last season.
The sides have met nine times in the League Cup, Dunfermline have won six times, Arbroath twice and one has been drawn. The Fifers have scored 23 goals and conceded eight on those nine games.
Milestones Arbroath (away)
Last Victory | 25/07/15 | 4-1 | Challenge Cup
Last Defeat | 31/08/19 | 1-0 | Championship
Best Victory | 14/09/57 | 5-0 | Division Two
| 09/08/52 | 5-0 | League Cup
Worst Defeat | 03/10/25 | 0-5 | Division Two
| 23/01/54 | 0-5 | Division B
Last Goalless Draw | 04/03/20 | 0-0 | Championship
First Meeting | 04/02/22 | 0-0| Division Two
Last Meeting at Gayfield
Arbroath 0 Dunfermline 0
Ladbrokes Championship, Tuesday 4th March 2020
The teams were level on points going into this game and that’s the way it stayed. It was a well contested game in which the visitors had chances to win it but didn’t take them. Stevie Crawford observed:-
"From our point of view, did we get the ball down enough, play as many passes and create chances that way? Probably not as much as we would have liked but that is credit to Arbroath. They made it very very difficult and they have done that for every team in this league this year. Credit to Dick and his coaching staff for that."
ARBROATH: Derek Gaston: Jason Thomson, Rickie Little, Thomas O’Brien, Colin Hamilton: Miko Virtanen: David Gold (James Craigen 77), Mark Whatley (Luke Donnelly 80), Gavin Swankie (Bobby Linn 65), Dale Hilson: Craig Wighton
SUBS NOT USED: James Murphy, Scott Stewart, Omar Kader, Darren Jamieson (GK)
DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft (Josh Edwards 89), Danny Devine, Euan Murray: Joe Thomson (Ethan Ross 77), Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner, Dom Thomas: Gabby McGill (Lewis McCann 64), Jonathan Afolabi.
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Beadling, Matthew Todd, Miller Fenton, Cammy Gill (GK)
Twelve Most Recent Meetings
The Fifers have won nine of the last twelve fixtures, Arbroath two including the one last season at Arbroath and one game, the most recent, ended a draw.
04/03/20 | Arbroath 0-0 Dunfermline | Championship
29/10/19 | Dunfermline 2-0 Arbroath | 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
Dunfermline are undefeated in their nine matches this season are unbeaten away from home since 11th January. Arbroath are undefeated in their last three games but their only wins this season have been against three lower league teams in the Betfred Cup.
Hearts (H) W 2-1
Clyde (H) W 3-2
Ayr United (A) D 0-0
Queen of the South (H) W 3-2
Alloa Athletic (A) W 4-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 3-1
Morton (H) D 0-0
Elgin City (H) W 3-0
Queen of the South (H) D 1-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 1-3
Hearts (H) L 0-1
Raith Rovers (A) L 0-3
Current League Stats
League Position: 1st
League Points: 13
Goal Difference: +7
League Record: P5 W4 D1 L0 GF12 GA5
Last Six Match Form: WWWDWW
League Position: 9th
League Points: 2
Goal Difference: -6
League Record: P5 W0 D2 L3 GF2 GA8
Last Six Match Form: LLLDWD
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Hearts): Owain Fôn Williams: Lewis Mayo, Paul Watson, Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Steven Whittaker: Ryan Dow, Kerr McInroy, Dom Thomas (Fraser Murray 85): Kyle Turner: Declan McManus (Kevin O’Hara 83).
SUBS NOT USED: Aaron Comrie, Iain Wilson, Matty Bowman, Lewis McCann, Cammy Gill (GK)
ARBROATH (v Morton): Derek Gaston: Jason Thomson (Miko Virtanen 38), Thomas O ‘Brien, Ricki Little, Colin Hamilton: Bobby Linn, James Craigen, David Gold, Dale Hilton (Scott Stewart 78), Michael McKenna, Kris Doohlan (Luke Donnelly 68).
SUBS NOT USED: Connor Smith, Gavin Swankie, Michael Ruth, Rab Douglas (GK)
The referee will be Nick Walsh.
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