Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Queen of the South

Saturday, 20th Apr 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: (away) Saturday 20th April 2019, kick off 3.00pm at Palmerston Park

This really is a crazy old league and no club is better placed to testify that than the Pars next opponents Queen of the South. A Stephen Dobbie inspired Queens were looking likely candidates for a play off place in mid January when they defeated Dundee in the Scottish Cup. Then a run of seven successive defeats saw them sink into the relegation struggle.

An excellent out of the blue win at Tannadice at the end of March eased the pressure but even after two draws they now find themselves really threatened. They will treat this as a must win game but is definitely a match where Stevie Crawford and his players want the three points too.

Even though remaining fixtures pitch teams against each other, any of the bottom six teams could still be relegated. An away win would take Dunfermline to 44 points and mean QOS could only reach 42 but a home win would take the Dumfries side to within three of the Pars.

Milestones away to Queen of the South
Last League win | 06/05/17 | 1-0 | Championship
Last League defeat | 02/10/10 | 0-2 | Division One
Best League win | 02/05/09 & 14/04/82 | 3-0 | Division One
Worst League defeat | 13/12/75 | 2-5 | Division One
Last Goalless Draw | 15/12/18 | 0-0 | Championship
First Fixture | 24/04/26 | 1-2 | Division Two (old)
Highest Aggregate | 13/12/75 | 2-5 | Division One

Last meeting at Palmerston
Queen of the South 0 Dunfermline 0
Ladbrokes Championship: 15 December 2018

Only 727 fans braved the weather warnings and watched the last encounter at Palmerston. Despite the horrid weather the Pars created the better chances and felt unlucky to leave with just the one point.

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Alan Martin: Scott Mercer, Jordan Marshall, Callum Fordyce, Michael Doyle, Callum Semple, Kyle Jacobs, Gary Harkins (Connor Murray 80), Josh Todd, Adam Frizzell (David Norman 60), Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Stirling, Daniel Irving, Jack Leighfield (GK).
YELLOW CARD: Dykes (80)

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: James Vincent: Kallum Higginbotham, Tom Beadling, Joe Thomson: Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 67), Aidan Keena.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis McCann, James Craigen, Mark Durnan, Stuart Morrison, Cammy Gill (GK)

Dunfermline have won four of the last twelve meetings, QOS have won three and five have been drawn. The Pars are undefeated in the last five matches between the sides at Palmerston Park.

Last Twelve League Matches v Queen of the South
Date | H/A | F-A | WDL | League
02/03/19 | (H) | 1-0 | W | Championship
15/12/18 | (A) | 0-0 | D | 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

Form Last Six Matches
Dunfermline have taken four points from their last six league games, Queen of the South five.

Falkirk (H) L 0-1
Ross County (A) L 0-1
Partick Thistle (A) D 2-2
Ayr United (H) L 0-1
Dundee United (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0

Alloa Athletic (A) L 0-1
Ayr United A) L 0-1
Morton (H) D 1-1
Falkirk (H) D 1-1
Dundee United (A) W 2-1
Inverness Caley Th (H) L 0-2

Recent Form
Since Dunfermline’s run of five winning games, they have lost four of their next five games by 1-0. At Firhill they went two up against Partick Thistle. Only for the battling Jags to claw it back to a draw.

Queen of the South have won just one of their last twelve league matches and of the other eleven, actually lost nine of them. Such lack of form has seen them slip down the Championship table to 8th where they currently lie just one point off the bottom.

League Position: 5th
League Points: 41
Goal Difference: -4
Away League Record: P16 W6 D5 L5 GF19 GA19
Last Six League Match Form: WLLDLL

League Position: 8th
League Points: 35
Goal Difference: -1
Home League Record: P16 W4 D7 L5 GF24 GA18
Last Six League Match Form: LWDDLL

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Falkirk):
Ryan Scully: James Craigen, Danny Devine, Lee Ashcroft (c), Jackson Longridge: Tom Beadling (Kallum Higginbotham 38): Matthew Todd (Robbie Muirhead 87), James Vincent, Ryan Blair: Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 76), Bruce Anderson.
SUBS NOT USED: Aidan Connolly, Stuart Morrison, Mark Durnan, Cammy Gill (GK)

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (v Alloa Athletic): Jack Leighfield: Scott Mercer (Fraser Aird 79), Jordan Marshall, Darren Brownlie, Michael Doyle, Barry Maguire, Andy Stirling, Kyle Jacobs (Ian McGrath 84), Josh Todd, Ian Wilson, Lyndon Dykes
SUBS NOT USED: Callum Fordyce, Ewan Gourlay, Robbie Ivison, Connor Murray, Deniz Dogan Mehmet (GK).

Referee will be Steven Reid who officiated the Pars home match against Queen of the South in October.

Other Championship Fixtures
Ayr United v Ross County (Friday)
Falkirk v Morton
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee United
Partick Thistle v Alloa Athletic

Admission Prices
Adults - £18
OAP/Concessions - £10
Students and age 16-21 - £10
Under 16 - £5
Pre School kids - free

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