Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Queen of the South

Saturday, 2nd Mar 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: Saturday 2nd March 2019, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park.

What a difference three wins make. Not so long ago Dunfermline were looking waryingly over their shoulders as the teams at the foot narrowed the gap on the seventh placed Pars. Nine points later the Fifers can eye up taking fourth place with a win over Queen of the South.

That’s all possible since Inverness Caley Thistle are still involved in the Scottish Cup. Queens have had a spell of indifferent form yet we know that they are capable of big results having this season thumped Ayr United 5-0, Ross County 4-0 and Dundee 3-0.

Milestones Queen of the South (Home)
Last League Victory: 31/03/18: 3-1: Championship
Last League Defeat: 20/10/18: 0-1: Championship
Best League Victory:
30/12/72: 6-1: Div One (old)
16/04/11: 6-1 First Division
Worst League Defeat: 09/12/17: 2-5: Championship

Tom Beadling Preview Queen of the South
Thu, 28th Feb 2019

Dunfermline have won four of the last twelve meetings, QOS have won four and four have been drawn. Only one Pars win in the last six meetings.

Last Twelve League Matches v Queen of the South
Date: H/A F-A WDL League
15/12/18: (A) 0-0 L Championship
20/10/18: (H) 0-1 L Championship
31/03/18: (H) 3-1 W Championship
24/02/18: (A) 0-0 D Championship
09/12/17: (H) 2-5 L Championship
14/10/17: (A) 0-0 D Championship
06/05/17: (A) 1-0 W Championship
07/03/17: (H) 1-1 D Championship
17/12/16 (A) 2-2 D Championship
27/08/16: (H) 0-1 L Championship
16/04/11: (H) 6-1 W First Division
26/02/11: (A) 3-1 W First Division

Last time at East End Park
Saturday 20th October 2018
Dunfermline 0 Queen of the South 1

Dunfermline‘s focus was on Stephen Dobbie who had scored eleven goals in his previous seven league matches. He almost nicked to score a late winner but the attentions of both Danny Devine and James Craigen kept him out. Queens did however get in to score in 84th minute. Malaury Martin was brushed off the ball and sub Adam Frizzell raced away releasing the ball to Josh TODD speeding down the left channel to receive the pass that he swept past Lee Robinson from the edge of the box. 0-1

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Louis Longridge, James Vincent, Malaury Martin (Joe Thomson 85), Aidan Connolly: Andy Ryan (Aidan Keena 79), Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 71).
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Beadling, Ryan Williamson, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Alan Martin: Scott Mercer, Callum Fordyce (Callum Semple 86), Michael Doyle, Jordan Marshall: Andy Stirling (Adam Friizzell 79), Kyle Jacobs, David Norman (Owen Bell 73), Josh Todd: Stephen Dobbie (c), Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS NOT USED: Connor Murray, Robbie Ivison, Daniel Irving, Jack Leighfield (GK).
SCORERS: Todd (84)

Form Last Six Matches

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
Morton (A) D 0-0
Raith Rovers (A) L 0-3

Morton (A) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (H) L 1-2
Dundee United (H) L 0-1
Aberdeen (A) L 1-4
Falkirk (A) L 0-3
Dundee (A) W 3-0

League Form

Having started 2019 with wins over Inverness Caley Thistle and Ross County, Queen of the South went on to lose their next five league games. Queens three away league wins have been at Dunfermline, Inverness and Falkirk.

Since defeating Dundee 3-0 in the William Hill Scottish Cup, QOS have lost five matches in a row.

The Pars have now won three back to back league games. Confidence will be high as will be the expectations.

League Position: 5th
League Points: 34
Goal Difference: -2
Home League Record: P13 W4 D3 L6 GF12 GA14
Last Six League Match Form: LDLWWW

League Position: 7th
League Points: 30
Goal Difference: +3
Away League Record: P13 W3 D4 L6 GF13 GA18
Last Six League Match Form: WLLLLL

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle):
Ryan Scully: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, James Craigen: Kallum Higginbotham (Matthew Todd 84), Tom Beadling: Joe Thomson, Ryan Blair: Louis Longridge (Aidan Connolly 75), Bruce Anderson.
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Durnan, Stuart Morrison, Callum Smith, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH ( v Morton): Alan Martin: Scott Mercer (Andy Stirling 80), Jordan Marshall, Callum Fordyce, Darren Brownlie, Michael Doyle, Barry Maguire, Kyle Jacobs, Iain Wilson (Fraser Aird 89), Stephen Dobbie, Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS NOT USED: Ian McGrath, Jack Leighfield (GK).

Referee will be Gavin Duncan, his first match officiating at East End Park since the match against Falkirk in April 2017 when he awarded the Bairns a hotly disputed penalty and red carded Lewis Martin.

Morton play Falkirk on Friday night but the Dunfermline v Queen of the South match is the only other Championship fixture at the weekend.

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