Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Inverness Caley Thistle

Tuesday, 13th Mar 2018

Ladbrokes Championship: (home) Tuesday 13th March 2018, kick off 7.45pm at East End Park

This Championship fixture has been rescheduled for a second time after the previous attempt was snowed off by the bitter wintery `Beast from the east”. While the Pars were facing St Mirren on Saturday, Inverness’ match at Livingston fell foul of the weather meaning that the Highlanders have played only one league match since their 3-1 defeat at Falkirk on 27 January.

Dunfermline have only taken three points from their six league matches and Inverness have not gained any points since the six from two home matches in five days at the start of January.

Milestones v Inverness Caley Thistle (home)
Last League Victory 18/12/99 1-0 Division 1
Last League Defeat 18/01/12 1-3 Division 1
Best League Victory 07/08/99 4-0 Division 1
Worst League Defeat 18/01/12 1-3 Division 1
Last Goalless Match 02/05/12 0-0 Premier League
First Meeting 07/08/99 4-0 Division 1

Inverness have only lost six of the 32 matches between the sides. The Pars win in August was their first against ICT in over ten years.

Last 12 League matches v Inverness CT

28/10/17: (A) [0-1] Bell (23)
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.
17/04/10: (A) 0-2 [1-0] Rooney, [2-0] Foran.
19/12/09: (H) 0-0
17/10/09: (A) 1-1 [0-1] Proctor, [1-1] Kirk.
08/08/09: (H) 0-1 [0-1] Cox.
12/05/07: (A) 1-2 [1-0] McIntyre, [1-1] Hastings, [1-2] McAllister.
17/03/07: (A) 3-1 [0-1] Paatelainen, [1-1] Glass, [2-1] McIntyre, [3-1] Glass.
23/12/06: (H) 0-0

Last Meeting at East End Park
Ladbrokes Championship, Saturday 12th August 2017
Dunfermline 5 Inverness Caley Thistle 1

Within 90 seconds Callum Smith put the Pars into the lead. A Matthew Elsdon free kick on half way was pumped to the far right where Joe Cardle gathered and fed the ball forward. Running through SMITH headed the ball on and when Mark Rodgers came to meet it 20 yards out the ball broke left and the seventeen year old slipped the ball in for his first ever league goal. 1-0

Kallum Higginbotham sent the ball in from the right for Lee ASHCROFT to meet at the near post and glance his 14th minute header in at the far post. 2-0

The visitors cut the deficit back just four minutes later. A Talbot challenge on Mulraney handed Caley a free kick 25 yards out VIGURS hit the setpiece low and the ball nestled in the far left of the home net. 2-1

Four minutes from the break a strong and determined run from Higginbotham cutting in from the right, brushed off challenges to set up CARDLE who netted from 20 yards out, in off the right post. 3-1

Midway through the second half HOPKIRK was presented with the opportunity to net from the edge of the box with a fine finish. 4-1

In the last minute of the match CARDLE rubbed more salt in the Highlanders wounds in a typical run along the 18 yard line until the opportunity arose to hit a low right footed shot into the bottom left. 5-1

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c) Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot (Lewis Martin 70): Kallum Higginbotham, Dean Shiels, Nat Wedderburn (Aaron Splaine 81), Joe Cardle: David Hopkirk (Scott Lochhead 74), Callum Smith
SUBS NOT USED: Jean Yves M`Voto, Michael Paton, Fraser Aird, Cammy Gill (GK)

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE: Mark Ridgers: Colin Seedorf, Joe Chalmers, Matthew Elsdon, Riccardo Calder, Brad Mackay, Liam Polworth, Jake Mulraney (Alex Cooper 71), Iain Vigurs (David Raven 81), John Baird, George Oakley (Felitciano Zschusschen 71).
SUBS NOT USED: Connor Bell, Liam MacDonald, Ryan Esson (GK)

League Stats

League Position: 6th
League Points: 35
League Record: P26 W9 D8 L9 GF39 GA30
Goal Difference: +9
Last Six League Match Form: DLLDDL

League Position: 7th
League Points: 30
League Record: P24 W8 D6 L10 GF30 GA30
Goal Difference: 0
Last Six League Match Form: DLWWLL

Form last six matches

Inverness Caley Thistle`s only win in their last six matches was against Crusaders in the Irn Bru Cup semi final. Dunfermline are without a win in their last six matches.

St Mirren (A) L 0-2
Queen of the South (A) D 0-0
Livingston (A) D 0-0
Morton (A) L 1-2
St Mirren (H) L 1-2
Morton (H) L 1-2

Morton (H) L 0-2
Crusaders (H) W 3-2
Dundee (H) L 0-1
Falkirk (A) L 1-3
Dundee (A) D 2-2
Queen of the South (H) W 3-1

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v St Mirren):
Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Jean-Yves M`Voto, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: James Craigen (Lewis Martin 71), Tom Beadling, James Vincent, Dan Armstrong (Joe Cardle 57), Declan McManus (Callum Morris 74), Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Nat Wedderburn, Kallum Higginbotham, Andy Ryan, Cammy Gill (GK)

INVERNESS CALEY TH (v Morton): Mark Ridgers: Joe Chalmers, Gary Warren, Riccardo Calder, Collin Seedorf, Brad McKay, Liam Polworth, Aaron Doran Cogan, Iain Vigurs, Charlie Trafford (Nathan Austin 47 (Daniel Mackay 65)), George Oakley.
SUBS NOT USED: Carl Tremarco, Cameron Harper, Connor Bell, Zak Elbouzedi, Ryan Esson (GK).

Referee will be Kevin Clancy.

Other Championship Fixtures on Tuesday 13th March
Dumbarton v Brechin City
Livingston v Morton
Queen of the South v Dundee United

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