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Tuesday, 26th Mar 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: (home) Tuesday 26th March 2019, kick off 7.45pm at East End Park

Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United will meet ten days after their original fixture was postponed by the weather. The Pars are at home for the next two matches. Inverness who play Alloa on the same evening have now retaken fourth place so it is as fifth placed side that they take on second placed Dundee United on Tuesday and on Friday, third placed Ayr United. The Pars will be trying to win six league games back to back for the first time since the 2011 First Division title run in.

Milestones Dundee United (Home)
Last League Victory | 27/04/07 | 1-0 | SPL
Last League Defeat | 20/10/18 | 0-2 | Championship
Best League Victory | 11/08/45 | 7-0 | Div B*
Worst League Defeat | 29/10/11 | 1-4 | SPL
Last Goalless Draw | 01/05/18 | 0-0 | Premiership Play off
First League Meeting | 08/10/21 | 4-1 | Div 2 (old)
*Pre league reconstruction

Dunfermline have not defeated Dundee United at East End Park since 2007 but that was the last in a run of seventeen home games against the Tannadice club without defeat.

The last dozen games between the two sides have seen United win seven, Dunfermline one with four games ending up all square.

Last Twelve Matches v Dundee United

Date | H/A | F-A | WDL | Competition
12/01/19 | A | 0-1 | L | Championship
27/10/18 | H | 0-2 | L | Championship
04/08/16 | A | 3-2 | W | Championship
04/05/18 | A | 1-2 | L | Premiership Play off
01/05/18 | H | 0-0 | D | Premiership Play off
24/03/18 | A | 1-1 | D | Championship
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

Last time at East End Park
Saturday 27 October 2018
Dunfermline 0 Dundee United 2

The second quarter of the Pars Championship campaign began like the first, with Dundee United as opponents. This time the encounter was hosted by East End Park.

Midway through the first half Referee Steven Kirkland earned the wrath of the home crowd as he awarded Robbie Neilson’s side a free kick on the left after it looked much more like Faissal El Bakhtaoui had been fouled. Fraser Aird sent the ball in from the setpiece 40 yards out and Paul McMULLAN met it at the near post to head in at the near post. 0-1

Disaster struck on the hour when a wayward pass from Jackson Longridge was perfect for McMullan who advanced and squared to Billy KING on the right side of the Pars box. He took a touch, wrong footing his defender before planking his left footed effort in the Pars net. 0-2

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Louis Longridge (Andy Ryan 69), James Craigen (Aidan Connolly 62), James Vincent ( Joe Thomson 77), Tom Beadling, Myles Hippolyte, Faissal El Bakhtaoui. .
SUBS NOT USED: Malaury Martin, Aidan Keena, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)

DUNDEE UNITED: Benjamin Siegrist: Stewart Murdoch, Rachid Bouhenna, Frederic Frans, Callum Booth: Billy King (Nicky Clark 63), Fraser Fyvie, Sam Stanton, Fraser Aird (Christoph Rabitsch 78), Pavol Safranko (Craig Curran 90+1), Paul McMullan.
SUBS NOT USED: Yannick Loemba, William Edjenguele, Matty Smith, Matej Rakovan (GK)

Form Last Six Matches

Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0
Queen of the South (H) W 1-0
Partick Thistle (H) W 3-0
Ayr United (A) W 1-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 1-0
Ross County (H) L 1-2

Alloa Athletic (H) W 2-1
Ross County (H) W 1-0
Partick Thistle (A) L 1-2
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 1-2
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 1-0
Falkirk (H) D 1-1

Recent Form

Had the sides met as originally planned Dunfermline would have been looking to close a six points gap. However since the postponement United have played two league matches and taken full points. Stevie Crawford has Dunfermline going well with five successive league wins since the 2-1 home defeat to Ross County on 2nd February.

Dundee United have only lost four league matches away from home - at Ayr (2), Alloa and Partick. That defeat to Partick two weeks ago came as a result of an added time winner from Aidan Fitzpatrick.

League Position: 4th
League Points: 40
Goal Difference: 0
Home League Record: P14 W5 D3 L6 GF13 GA14
Last Six League Match Form: LWWWWW

League Position: 2nd
League Points: 52
Goal Difference: +5
Away League Record: P14 W6 D4 L4 GF16 GA13
Last Six League Match Form: WDWLWW

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Alloa Athletic):
Ryan Scully: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Tom Beadling, Ryan Blair: Joe Thomson, Louis Longridge, Kallum Higginbotham (James Vincent 77): Bruce Anderson (Myles Hippolyte 85).
SUBS NOT USED: Ryan Williamson, Mark Durnan, Matthew Todd, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)

DUNDEE UNITED (v Alloa Athletic): Benjamin Siegrist: Jamie Robson, Callum Booth, Rachid Bouhenna, Mark Reynolds: Paul McMullan, Sam Stanton (Ian Harkes 67), Paul Watson (Charlie Seaman 76), Calum Butcher, Nicky Clark, Cammy Smith (Paul Pawlett 43).
SUBS NOT USED: Aidan Nesbitt, Fraser Fyvie, Matty Smith, Ross Laidlaw (GK)

Referee will be Barry Cook, just his second match in charge at East End Park this season, the first being the 2-1 defeat to Ross County early last month.

Other Championship Fixtures
Inverness Caley Thistle v Alloa Athletic

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