Dunfermline Athletic

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Saturday, 24th Mar 2018

Ladbrokes Championship (away) Saturday 24th March 2018, 3.00pm kick off at Tannadice.

The Pars have had some memorable encounters with United over the years, but few, if we are going to be really honest, in recent times. Games can quite often be close, but almost always United seem to have the slight advantage that makes all the difference. It is thirteen games back since we experienced a Dunfermline win.

To avoid being too negative Dunfermline have managed to come up trumps when it really counts - like winning the First Division title in 1996, or staving off relegation by the skin of the teeth in 2006. Now is perhaps time for it all to come together.

United have not had their most impressive season and changing manager midstream didn’t have the hoped-for effect.

Tannadice Park is one of those grounds that fans enjoy travelling to with fairly easy off street parking and a ground with a good atmosphere. There have been 136 league meetings between the teams, United have won 51, Dunfermline 48 and 37 matches have been drawn.

Milestones Dundee United (Away)
Last League Victory:
20/08/11: 1-0: SPL
Last League Defeat:
02/12/17: 1-2: Championship
Best League Victories:
29/01/66: 4-0: Div 1*
22/08/62: 4-0: Div 1*
28/02/48: 4-0: Div B*
Worst League Defeat
29/04/61: 0-5: Div 1*
*Pre league reconstruction

The last dozen league games between the two sides have seen United win ten, with two games have ended up all square.

Last Twelve Matches v Dundee United

Date | H/A | F-A | WDL | Competition
13/01/18 | H | 0-0 | D | Championship
02/12/17 | A | 1-2 | L | Championship
30/09/17 | H | 1-3 | L | Championship
11/04/17 | A | 0-1 | L | Championship
28/01/17 | H | 1-1 | D | Championship
12/11/16 | H | 0-1 | L | Irn Bru Cup
08/11/16 | A | 0-1 | L | Championship
10/09/16 | A | 0-2 | L | Championship
31/08/16 | A | 0-3 | L | League Cup
22/09/15 | A | 1-3 | L | League Cup
31/03/12 | A | 0-3 | L | SPL
29/10/11 | H | 1-4 | L | SPL

Last Meeting - Ladbroke Championship
Dundee United 2 Dunfermline 1
Saturday 2 December 2017

Two poor goals were conceded and although Declan McManus clawed them back into the match from the penalty spot, they could not find an equaliser in the final quarter of an hour.

United went in front when a 15th minute setpiece was swept over the Pars wall by Scott FRASER to find the right side of the net. 1-0

The Fifers conceded a cheap goal in 42nd minute. A Robson throw in on the left side picked out FRASER who despatched the ball with a right footed shot at an angle into far side of the goal. 2-0

DUNDEE UNITED: Harry Lewis, Paul Quinn, Mark Durnan, Jamie Robson: Stewart Murdoch, Scott Fraser (Paul McMullan 90), Billy King, Sam Stanton (James Keatings 70), Willo Flood (c)(William Edjenguele 90+3), Fraser Fyvie, Scott McDonald
SUBS NOT USED: Scott Allardyce, Matty Smith, Logan Chalmers, Deniz Mehmet (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Nat Wedderburn, Lewis Martin. Kallum Higginbotham (Fraser Aird 55), Michael Paton, Joe Cardle: Declan McManus.
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Smith, Dean Shiels, Jean-Yves M`Voto, Cammy Gill (GK).

Form last six matches

Brechin City (A) W 3-0
Morton (H) D 0-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 1-0
St Mirren (A) L 0-2
Queen of the South (A) D 0-0
Livingston (A) D 0-0

Queen of the South (H) L 2-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 1-1
Queen of the South (A) W 3-1
Livingston (A) L 1-2
Aberdeen (A) L 2-4
Morton (H) L 0-3

Recent Form

League Position: 5th
League Points: 43
League Record: P29 W11 D9 L9 GF43 GA30
Goal Difference: +13
Last Six League Match Form: DDLWDW

League Position: 3rd
League Points: 44
League Record: P26 W13 D5 L8 GF37 GA33
Goal Difference: +4
Last Six League Match Form: DLLWDL

Defeat at home to Dunfermline Athletic would see the Pars leapfrog United as would victories for Morton over Brechin City and Queen of the South who take on Livingston.

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Brechin City)
Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin: Kallum Higginbotham, James Vincent (Fraser Aird 72), Tom Beadling, James Craigen: Declan McManus (Dan Armstrong 64), Nicky Clark (Andy Ryan 64).
SUBS NOT USED: Jean-Yves M`Voto, Nat Wedderburn, Jason Talbot, Cammy Gill (GK)

DUNDEE UNITED (v Queen of the South) Deniz Dogan Mehmet: Tam Scobbie, Mark Durnan, Willie Edjenguele, Anthony Ralston (Willo Flood 82): Stewart Murdoch, Paul McMullan (Scott Fraser 64), Billy King (Matt Smith 77), Sam Stanton: Scott McDonald, T Mikkelsen.
SUBS NOT USED: Jamie Robson, Craig Slater, Grant Gillespie, Harry Lewis (GK)

Other Championship fixtures on Saturday
Morton v Brechin City
Queen of the South v Livingston

Ticket Prices

Jim McLean Stand (Upper tier): Adults £22, Concessions £12.
Jim McLean Stand(Lower tier): Adults £20, Concessions £10

Concessions apply to Over 65s and Under 18s. Full time students can also qualify for the concessionary price for this part of the stadium providing they have a valid matriculation card.

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