Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Raith Rovers

Thursday, 27th Aug 2009

We waited nine years for a Fife Derby then get two in a week. Its advantage Pars after the cup match but Saturday's another day.

DAFC request all fans attending this Saturday's Fife derby against Raith Rovers to please come along early, to avoid any last minute queues at the turnstiles.  

Dunfermline v Raith Rovers

The Rovers return for another Fife Derby just three days after losing out to a very impressive showing by Jim McIntyre's team to inflict a 3-1 defeat over the Kirkcaldy club in the Co-operative Insurance Cup.  

There have been 82 league meetings between these teams.  Dunfermline have won 32, Raith 21 and 29 matches have been drawn. The best result was a 6-0 win in September 1962 when George Peebles hit a hat trick, Charlie Dickson a double and Alex Edwards scored.

Milestones v Raith Rovers (home)

Last League Victory

01/01/97

2-0

SPL

Last League Defeat

18/03/00

0-1

First Div

Best League Victory

08/09/62

6-0

Div One (old)

Worst League Defeat

1927/28

0-4

Div One (old)

In the last dozen league fixtures the Pars have won half of them, Raith three and three have ended all square. The Pars last win was in the SPL in 1997 which completed a complete whitewash over the Rovers that season.  The most recent game on 18th March 2000 was a 2-0 win for the Rovers in West Fife. 

Since those days Raith have struggled and have taken four seasons to get out of the Second Division but under former Hrearts coach, John McGlynn they have thrived and after the frustrations of losing out in the play offs in previous seasons, made sure this time with a convincing title-winning season in 2008-09.

Last twelve league meetings
1999/2000
First Division Dunfermline 0-2 Raith Rovers 18/03/00
First Division Raith Rovers 3-0 Dunfermline 03/01/00
First Division Dunfermline 1-1 Raith Rovers 06/11/99
First Division Raith Rovers 2-2 Dunfermline 18/09/99
1996/97
SPL Raith Rovers 0-1 Dunfermline 15/03/97
SPL Dunfermline 2-0 Raith Rovers 01/01/97
SPL Raith Rovers 1-2 Dunfermline 16/11/96
SPL Dunfermline 3-1 Raith Rovers 28/09/96
1994/95
First Division Raith Rovers 0-0 Dunfermline 06/05/95
First Division Dunfermline 0-1 Raith Rovers 11/01/95
First Division Raith Rovers 2-5 Dunfermline 29/10/94
First Division Dunfermline 1-0 Raith Rovers 27/08/94

Dunfermline v Raith Rovers

How things have changed from match day one to match day four.  Joint bottom after losing to Inverness Caley Thistle, the Pars go into this match sitting top of the table.  Raith are just a point behind so a home win is very necessary. 

Dunfermline Raith Rovers
Current League Position
1 3
League Results
LWW DDW
League Points
6 5
Goal Difference
+3 -1
Home/Away Record
P2, W2, D0, L1 P2, W1, D2, L0

Raith are undefeated in the league this season.  A draw at Palmerston Park against Queen of the South was followed by a draw at home against Dundee and last Saturday they travelled to Dingwall and took all three points away from Ross County with a 1-0 win.

Dunfermline will be looking for their third successive home win; their first such sequence since taking the scalps of Ross County, St Mirren and Partick Thistle in the autumn of last year.

  Recent Form
   Dunfermline       Raith Rovers
  Raith Rovers (H) W 3-1   Dunfermline (A) L 1-3
  Airdrie United (H) W 2-0   Ross County (A) W 1-0
  Queen of the South (H) L 1-2   Dundee (H) D 2-2
  Morton (A) W 2-0   Queen of the South (A) D 1-1
  Inverness CT (H) L 0-1   East Fife (A) W

3-2

  Dumbarton (A) W 5-0   Stirling Albion (A) L 1-2
  Arbroath (H) W 2-1

Last Time Out

Not much research required her.  Wednesday night's line ups:-

DUNFERMLINE (v Raith Rovers): Greg Fleming; Calum Woods, Neil McGregor, Chris Higgins, Austin McCann; Willie Gibson (Steven McDougall 76), Steven Bell, Alex Burke (Nick Phinn 79), Joe Cardle (Scott Muirhead 89); Andy Kirk, Graham Bayne (c).
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Dowie, Greg Paterson (GK)

RAITH ROVERS (v Dunfermline): David McGurn; Craig Wilson, Laurence Ellis, Mark Campbell, Douglas Hill, Grant Murray, Iain Williamson, Allan Walker, Gregory Tade (Robert Sloan,77), Graham Weir (Iain Davidson HT), Darren Smith (Lee Bryce 77)
SUBS NOT USED: Gary O'Connor (GK), Mark Ferry

Referee will be David Somers.

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