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Saturday, 21st Dec 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: (away) Saturday 21st December 2019 3.00pm kick off at the Caledonian Stadium.

The Saturday before Christmas sees Stevie Crawford take his team up the A9 to face John Robertson’s Inverness Caley Thistle. The Pars do not have a good record at the Caledonian Stadium, it being more than twelve years since winning their last league match there.

Both sides lost their last league matches and will hoping to get back on track with a win. There are only four points separating Inverness in second from Dunfermline in fourth. The Pars have the better goal difference so points from this match will be very significant.

Milestones Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Away)
Last League Victory: 17/03/07: 3-1 SPL
Last League Defeat: 04/05/19: 0-1 Championship
Best League Victory: 22/04/00 2-1 Sc Div 1
Worst League Defeats: 15/08/04 & 29/01/05 0-2 SPL
Last Goalless Draw: 03/05/12: 0-0 Premier League
First visit: 23/10/99: 1-1 Sc Div 1

The last dozen league matches between the teams have seen three Dunfermline wins, five draws and four Caley Thistle wins.

Last 12 League matches v Inverness Caley Thistle
14/09/19: (H) 0-1 [0-1] Welsh
04/05/19: (A) 0-1 [0-1] Austin
16/02/19: (H) 1-0 [1-0] Thomson
30/10/18: (A) 2-2 [1-0] Keena, [1-1] Calder, [2-1] Keena, [2-2] White
01/09/18: (H) 0-3 [0-1] Rooney, [0-2] Polworth, [0-3] Oakley
21/04/18: (A) 2-2 [1-0] Ryan, [1-1] Chalmers, [1-2] Austin, [2-2] Clark.
13/03/18: (H) 1-0 [1-0] Craigen
28/10/17: (A) 0-1 [0-1] Bell
12/08/17: (H) 5-1 [1-0] Smith, [2-0] Ashcroft, [2-1] Vigurs, [3-1] Cardle, [4-1] Hopkirk, [5-1] Cardle.
18/02/12: (H) 1-1 [1-0] Cardle, [1-1] Ross.
22/10/11: (A) 1-1 [0-1] Tade, [1-1] Buchanan (pen.)
06/08/11: (H) 3-3 [1-0] Kirk, [1-1] Tansey, [2-1] Kirk. [2-2] Hayes, [2-3] Tansey, [3-3] Hardie.

Last time at Caledonian Stadium
Inverness Caley Thistle 1 Dunfermline 0
Ladbrokes Championship, Saturday 4th May 2019

The last visit to Inverness was for the final match of season and it was played on a cold Saturday in May. Ryan Scully was ill and Jackson Longridge was suspended so Stevie Crawford brought in Lewis Martin, Stuart Morrison, Kallum Higginbotham and Cammy Gill. Myles. For 21 year old Gill and 20 year old Morrison this was their league debut for Dunfermline but they both members of the last Pars team to win in Inverness.

Throughout it was a fairly even, typical end of season match. Disaster struck however in 35 minutes when a mix up between Morrison and his keeper let Nathan AUSTIN in to slot the ball home. Morrison’s pass back to Gill was too high and that proved fatal. 1-0

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE: Mark Ridgers (c): Shaun Rooney, Coll Donaldson (Jamie McCart HT), Brad McKay, Kevin McHattie, Joe Chalmers, Darren McCauley, Tom Walsh, Charlie Trafford (Liam Polworth 65), Nathan Austin (Aaron Doran 73), Jordan White.
SUBS NOT USED: Anthony McDonald, Cameron Harper, Matheus Machado, Cameron Mackay (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Cammy Gill (GK): Mark Durnan, Danny Devine, Lee Ashcroft (c) Lewis Martin: Stuart Morrison: Louis Longridge (Andy Ryan 73), James Craigen, Ryan Blair (Matthew Todd 62), Kallum Higginbotham (Lewis McCann 88): Bruce Anderson.
SUBS NOT USED: Myles Hippolyte, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Paul Allan, Craig Burt (GK)

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline and Inverness Caley Thistle have both won three of their last six matches, and both lost their last league games.

Dundee (A) L 3-4
Morton (H) W 3-1
Ayr United (A) W 1-0
Partick Thistle (H) W 5-1
Stranraer (A) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) L 1-2

Partick Thistle (A) L 1-3
Ayr United (H) W 2-0
Alloa Athletic (A) W 2-0
Dundee (H) W 1-0
Clyde (H) D 0-0
Arbroath (A) L 0-3

Current League Stats

League Position: 4th
League Points: 25
Goal Difference: +7
League Record: P17 W7 D4 L6 GF28 GA21
Last Six League Match Form: WLWWWL

League Position: 2nd
League Points: 29
Goal Difference: +4
League Record: P17 W9 D2 L6 GF25 GA21
Last Six League Match Form: LLWWWL

Last time out

Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Danny Devine, Lee Ashcroft (c), Lewis Martin: Ryan Dow, Harry Cochrane (Paul Paton 49), Tom Beadling (Lewis McCann 83), Kyle Turner (Joe Thomson 58, Greg Kiltie, Kevin Nisbet.
SUBS NOT USED: Stuart Morrison, Anthony McDonald, Miller Fenton, Cammy Gill (GK)

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (v Partick Thistle):Mark Ridgers: Shaun Rooney, Coll Donaldson, Jamie McCart, Carl Tremarco (Cammy Harper 85): David Carson, Aaron Doran (Mitchell Curry 84), Charlie Trafford, James Keatings, Jordan White (Nikolay Todorov 84), Miles Storey
SUBS NOT USED: Kevin McHattie, Brad McKay, Roddy Macgregor, Cammy Mackay (GK)

Other Championship Fixtures
Alloa Athletic v Morton
Dundee United v Ayr United
Partick Thistle v Dundee
Queen of the South v Arbroath

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