Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Dundee United

Saturday, 26th Oct 2019

Ladbrokes Championship (away) Saturday 26th October 2019, kick off 3.00pm at Tannadice

Only a few weeks ago it looked like Dundee United were running away with the Championship but defeats to Ayr United, Alloa Athletic and Queen of the South have seen them stage an unexpected reversal. They are still sitting top of the Championship but Dunfermline will need to be cautious as the Tannadice club return home after two bad away results.

In the 142 league meetings Dunfermline have 49 wins and United 55 with 38 match drawn but the Tayside club have a very good record against the Fifers in recent times.

Milestones Dundee United (away)
Last League Victory:
04/08/18: 3-2: Championship
Last Defeat:
12/01/19: 0-1: 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

Last Meeting at Tannadice
Ladbrokes Championship, Saturday 12th January 2019
Dundee United 1 Dunfermline Athletic 0

Following the departure of Allan Johnston, this was the first game with Stevie Crawford in charge of the team. Seventh placed Pars took the road and the miles to Dundee to face third placed United.

In a pretty even first half, the Pars had managed marginally more shots than their hosts and they had shown plenty of effort. Former Celtic youth Aidan Nesbitt replaced Matty Smith for the second half and when Safranko charged down Devine’s pass the United player scurried away down the left and despite Devine’s pursuit got in a shot that Robinson parried away to his left.

United kept the Pars much quieter in the second half. Callum Smith became the first sub of the Crawford era coming on for Aidan Keena but it was to be a well known United sub who that broke the deadlock with just nine minutes remaining.

A quickly taken free kick while the Dunfermline players were arguing with referee Alan Muir over the decision, sent Nesbitt down the left and it was his cross that CLARK met at the near post to glance the ball in. 1-0

DUNDEE UNITED: Benjamin Siegrist: Callum Booth, Frederic Frans, Rachid Bouhenna, Stewart Murdoch (Paul Watson 74), Paul McMullan (Nicky Clark 70), Fraser Fyvie, Sam Stanton, Cammy Smith, Pavol Safranko, Matt Smith (Aidan Nesbitt HT)
SUBS NOT USED: Billy King, Jamie Robson, Archie Thomas, Matej Rakovan (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Tom Beadling, Joe Thomson (Aidan Connolly 76), James Vincent: Myles Hippolyte, Aidan Keena (Callum Smith 64), Kallum Higginbotham (Malaury Martin 76).
SUBS NOT USED: Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Robbie Muirhead, Mark Durnan, Cammy Gill (GK)

The last dozen league games between the two sides have seen United win eight, Pars one with three games ending up all square but that one Dunfermline win is their only victory in the last 22 meetings in all competitions.

Last Twelve Matches v Dundee United

Date | H/A | F-A | WDL | Competition
24/08/19 | H | 0-2 | L | Championship
26/03/19 | H | 0-1 | L | Championship
12/01/19 | A | 0-1 | L | Championship
27/10/18 | H | 0-2 | L | Championship
04/08/18 | A | 3-2 | W | Championship
05/05/18 | 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

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline have won two of their last six matches and undefeated in their last four. Dundee United have only won two of their last six but their home form is vastly better than their away form.

Ayr United (H) W 3-2
Morton (A) D 1-1
Alloa Athletic (H) D 1-1
Partick Thistle (A) W 3-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (H) L 1-2

Queen of the South (A) L 0-4
Alloa Athletic (A) 0-1
Morton (H) W 6-0
Arbroath (H) W 2-1
Ayr United (A) L 0-2
Arbroath (H) D 0-0

Form in First Quarter

With luck and decisions not going their way, Dunfermline have drawn too often as they faced everyone in the league once. This is just the Pars fifth away match of the league campaign and they are seeking to add to their sole away win at Partick Thistle.

Dundee United have impressed having won all four of their home games and their first two away games but losing their last three league games on the road is a stark contrast to their early form.

League Position: 7th
League Points: 10
Goal Difference: 0
League Record: P8 W1 D4 L3 GF11 GA11
Last Six League Match Form: LLWDDW

League Position: 1st
League Points: 18
Goal Difference: +10
League Record: P9 W6 D0 L3 GF22 GA12
Last Six League Match Form: WLWWLL

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Ayr United):
Cammy Gill: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards: Ryan Dow, Paul Paton (c), Harry Cochrane (Josh Coley 51), Kyle Turner (Tom Beadling, 79): Greg Kiltie, Kevin Nisbet (Andy Ryan 61).
SUBS NOT USED: Gabby McGill, Danny Devine, Stuart Morrison, Ryan Scully (GK)

DUNDEE UNITED (v Queen of the South): Benjamin Siegrist: Paul Watson, Brown, Mark Reynolds, Liam Smith: Callum Butcher, Ian Harkes (Nicky Clark 59), Sam Stanton, Paul McMullan, Louis Appere, Lawrence Shankland
SUBS NOT USED: Adrian Sporle, Cammy Smith, Adam King, Ross Graham, Nathan Cooney, Denis Mehmet (GK).

Other Championship Fixtures

Ayr United v Dundee (Friday night)
Alloa Athletic v Queen of the South
Morton v Inverness Caley Thistle
Partick Thistle v Arbroath

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