Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Ayr United

Tuesday, 3rd Dec 2019

Ladbrokes Championship (away) v Ayr United, Tuesday 3rd December 2019, kick off 7.45m at Somerset Park.

Ayr United had their match against Arbroath frozen off on Saturday which probably means they will be fresher for Tuesday night’s rescheduled Championship match against Dunfermline. With the Pars picking up three points from their 5-1 home win over Partick, a win for them would take them into fourth place.

Usually a trip to Somerset Park holds no fears for the Pars have a great record there. They had been undefeated there from 2009 until the first league match of the season between the two last season when Ayr won convincingly 4-1 with former Pars Lawrence Shankland and Michael Moffat both scoring in the match.

The Pars record versus the Honest Men shows just three defeats in the last 25 meetings but those three Ayr wins have been in the six games since March 2017.

Milestones v Ayr United (away)

Last League Victory | 19/10/19 | 3-2 | Championship
Last League Defeat | 25/08/18 | 1-4 | Championship
Best League Victory | 12/03/94 | 4-0 | First Division
Worst League Defeat | 07/04/51 | 0-8 | Div Two (old)

Dunfermline have won two of the last three meetings against Ayr United who have only one victory to show from the last thirteen Dunfermline visits to Somerset Park. In the last twelve fixtures Dunfermline have won six, drawn three and lost three.

Last Twelve League Meetings v Ayr United
Date | H/A | F-A | W D L | League

19/10/19 | H | 3-2 | W | Championship
29/03/19 | H | 0-1 | L | Championship
23/02/19 | A | 1-0 | W | Championship
22/12/18 | H | 0-0 | D | Championship
25/08/18 | A | 1-4 | L | Championship
18/03/17 | H | 0-1 | L | Championship
07/01/17 | A | 2-0 | W | Championship
03/12/16 | H | 1-1 | D | Championship
01/10/16 | A | 0-0 | D | Championship
12/03/16 | A | 2-0 | W | League One
13/02/16 | H | 3-2 | W | League One
12/12/15 | A | 2-1 | W | League One

Last time at Somerset Park
Ayr United 0 Dunfermline 1
Championship, 23rd February 2019

This was a match separated only by a converted penalty. When Ryan Williamson cut back was handled by Michael Rose, referee David Munro awarded a 71st minute spot kick. Louis LONGRIDGE stepped up and scored netting on the right side with the keeper going the other way. 0-1

It had been a superb second half performance from Stevie Crawford’s men to record back to back wins against top four teams. The win coupled with results elsewhere lifted Dunfermline to fifth place.

AYR UNITED: Ross Doohan: Liam Smith, Michael Rose, Aaron Muirhead, Daniel Harvie: Nicky Cadden (Declan McDaid 69), Steven Bell (c) (Jamie Adams 79), Andy Murdoch, Robbie Crawford (Calvin Miller 69): Michael Moffat, Lawrence Shankland.
SUBS NOT USED: Ross Docherty, Chris Higgins, Mark Kerr, Ellis Hare-Reid (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, James Craigen: Tom Beadling: James Vincent, Joe Thomson, Ryan Blair: Aidan Connolly (Louis Longridge 66), Bruce Anderson (Myles Hippolyte 82).
SUBS NOT USED: Kallum Higginbotham, Mark Durnan, Matthew Todd, Cammy Gill (GK)

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline have won their last four home matches and coupled with three away defeats means three wins in their last six matches. Ayr United have only won two of their last six and there form has dipped since winning five league games in a row in August and September.

Partick Thistle (H) W 5-1
Stranraer (A) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) L 1-2
Queen of the South (H) W 2-0
Arbroath (H) W 2-0
Dundee United (A) L 0-2

Queen of the South (A) L 1-3
Partick Thistle (H) W 4-1
Morton (A) W 3-2
Dundee (H) L 1-2
Dunfermline (A) L 2-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 0-2

Current League Stats

League Position: 6th
League Points: 19
Goal Difference: +5
League Record: P14 W5 D4 L5 GF22 GA16
Last Six League Match Form: WLWWLW

League Position: 3rd
League Points: 24
Goal Difference: +9
League Record: P13 W8 D0 L5 GF28 GA19
Last Six League Match Form: LLLWWL

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle):
Cammy Gill: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Danny Devine, Lewis Martin: Ryan Dow (Joe Thomson 63), Paul Paton (c) (Harry Cochrane HT), Tom Beadling, Greg Kiltie: Kevin Nisbet (Gabby McGill 56), Andy Ryan.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Turner, Josh Edwards, Lewis McCann, Ben Swinton (GK).

AYR UNITED (v Queen of the South): Ross Doohan: Aaron Muirhead, Sam Roscoe, Jordan Houston, Daniel Harvie: Alan Forrest (Mark McKenzie 83), Luke McCowan, Ross Docherty, Stephen Kelly: Michael Moffat, Craig Moore
SUBS NOT USED: Finn Ecrepont, Craig McGuffie, Steven Bell, Ellis Hare-Reid (GK)

Luke McCowan is suspended and the referee will be Euan Anderson.

There are no other Ladbrokes Championship fixtures this midweek

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