Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Queen of the South

Saturday, 2nd Nov 2019

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

This Saturday Dunfermline will host Queen of the South. Both teams have 13 points from their opening eleven matches, they have the same goal difference and the Pars are only listed above their opponents in the Championship table by virtue of having scored three more goals. So this is what many term a six pointer.

As if that is not enough to stimulate the taste buds then there is the return to East End Park for Queens management team of Allan Johnston and Sandy Clark. Then there will also be possibly three former Pars players in the Queens line up - Scott Mercer, Michael Paton and Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

The first match between the teams at Palmerston Park in August ended up 1-1 after Kyle Turner’s early goal was cancelled out by a 62nd minute Gary Oliver goal. Queens have won league matches at East End Park in every one of the last three seasons so on the back of two home wins, Stevie Crawford’s men will be wanting to halt that.

Milestones Queen of the South (Home)
Last League Victory | 02/03/19 1-0 | 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

Last meeting at East End Park
Dunfermline 1 Queen of the South 0
Saturday 2nd March 2019, Ladbrokes Championship

Ryan Blair’s only goal for Dunfermline Athletic secured the Pars fourth successive win, one that lifted them into a play off position.

He had produced the best effort of the first half so it was justice when Ryan BLAIR made the 74th minute breakthrough. Jackson Longridge sent the square ball in from the left and the on loan Swansea City player opened his Dunfermline account with a powerful shot low to the keeper’s left. 1-0

The Dumfries men finished strongly and had two really good opportunities to grab an equaliser. Some dogged defending and a Ryan Scully save from a Barry Maguire header kept them out. The home side extend their shut out record to 373 minutes.

The win, their fourth successive in the Championship, took Dunfermline to their highest league position since the opening day of the season.

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, James Craigen: Kallum Higginbotham (Jackson Longridge 68), Tom Beadling: Joe Thomson, Ryan Blair (Mark Durnan 89): Aidan Connolly (Louis Longridge 59), Bruce Anderson.
SUBS NOT USED: Matthew Todd, Callum Smith, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH: Alan Martin: Scott Mercer, Jordan Marshall, Callum Fordyce, Darren Brownlie (Andy Stirling 85, Michael Doyle, Fraser Aird (Ian McGrath 78), Kyle Jacobs, Iain Wilson (Barry Maguire 85), Stephen Dobbie, Lyndon Dykes.
SUBS NOT USED: Connor Murray, Jack Leighfield (GK).

Last Twelve League Matches v Queen of the South
Date: H/A F-A WDL League
10/08/19: (A) 1-1 D Championship
20/04/19: (A) 1-2 L Championship
02/03/19: (H) 1-0 W Championship
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

In the last twelve meetings, Dunfermline have won three, Queen of the South four and five have been drawn.

Form Last Six Matches

Dunfermline have won three of their last six matches, Queen of the South have won two of their last six.

Arbroath (H) W 2-0
Dundee United (A) L 0-2
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 0-2
Alloa Athletic (A) D 2-2
Dundee United (H) W 4-0
Partick Thistle (A) L 0-1
Dundee (H) D 1-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 0-2

Current League Stats

League Position: 6th
League Points: 13
Goal Difference: 0
League Record: P11 W3 D4 L4 GF13 GA13
Last Six League Match Form: WDDWLW

League Position: 7th
League Points: 13
Goal Difference: 0
League Record: P11 W3 D4 L4 GF10 GA10
Last Six League Match Form: LDWWDL

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Arbroath):
Ryan Scully: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards: Ryan Dow (Harry Cochrane 87), Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner, Greg Kiltie, Kevin Nisbet (Gabby McGill 90+3) Andy Ryan (Tom Beadling 75).
SUBS NOT USED: Danny Devine, Josh Coley, Miller Fenton, Cammy Gill (GK)

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (v Inverness Caley Thistle): Robby McCrorie: Scott Mercer, Darren Brownlie, Lee Kilday, Kevin Holt: Daniel Pybus, Michael Paton (Connor Murray 45), Abdul Osman, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Jack Hamilton (Gary Oliver 74), Stephen Dobbie.
SUBS NOT USED: Andrew McCarthy, Darren Lyon, Callum Semple, Ewan Gourlay, Craig Burns (GK).

Other Championship Fixtures
Dundee v Morton (Friday)
Arbroath v Alloa Athletic
Ayr United v Partick Thistle
Inverness Caley Thistle v Dundee United

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