Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Raith Rovers

Saturday, 5th Nov 2016

Ladbrokes Championship, Fife Derby: 3.00pm kick off at East End Park

Guy Fawkes Night is the date of the first home league game against Raith Rovers since 2nd January 2013. Both sides will be hoping to light up the derby match but the Pars possible are in greater need of the points.

While the Rovers this season have won six and drawn two of their 11 Championship matches to lie third, Allan Johnston`s men lie eighth with just two wins and two draws from their campaign.
There have been 95 league meetings between these teams. Dunfermline have won 39, Raith 33 and 23 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

02/01/13

1-0

First Division

Last League Defeat

29/08/09

0-2

First Division

Best League Victory

08/09/62

6-0

Div One (old)

Worst League Defeat

1927/28

0-4

Div One (old)

Raith`s 2-0 win over the Pars in August this year was their first in six meetings. Dunfermline have won seven of the last dozen league meetings, Raith three and two ended all square.

Last twelve league meetings
2016/2017
First Division Raith Rovers 2-0 Dunfermline 20/08/16
2012/2013
First Division Raith Rovers 1-1 Dunfermline 17/11/12
First Division Dunfermline 1-0 Raith Rovers 02/01/13
First Division Raith Rovers 1-3 Dunfermline 17/11/12
First Division Dunfermline 3-1 Raith Rovers 01/09/12
2010/2011
First Division Dunfermline 2-1 Raith Rovers 23/04/11
First Division Raith Rovers 2-1 Dunfermline 02/01/11
First Division Dunfermline 2-2 Raith Rovers 13/11/10
First Division Raith Rovers 2-0 Dunfermline 21/08/10
2009/2010
First Division Raith Rovers 1-2 Dunfermline 20/03/10
First Division Dunfermline 2-1 Raith Rovers 16/03/10
First Division Raith Rovers 1-2 Dunfermline 07/11/09

The Rovers have visited East End Park in the interim both times on League Cup business. The Kirkcaldy side won 2-0 in August 2013 while Dunfermline won 1-0 in August 2014.

Dunfermline Raith Rovers
Current League Position
8 3
League Results
LWDLLD LWLDWW
League Points
8 20
Goal Difference
-8 +5
League Record
P11, W2, D2, L7 P11, W6, D2, L3

Last League Meeting at East End Park
Wednesday 2nd January 2013

For the first time since 1997 Raith were the Pars first foots at East End Park. Shaun Byrne makes his first start. In 71 minutes a corner from the right was defended out as far as Byrne, he switched it right and when the ball was crossed Andy GEGGAN appeared from nowhere to head the ball in at the near post. The first Dunfermline goal for Geggan. 1-0

DUNFERMLINE: Paul Gallacher. Andy Geggan, Andy Dowie, Callum Morris, Stephen Jordan (c), Josh Falkingham, Shaun Byrne (Stephen Husband 80), Ryan Thomson, Joe Cardle (Craig Darg 86), Ryan Wallace, Andy Kirk (Andy Barrowman 69).
SUBS NOT USED: John Potter, Michal Hrivnak (GK)

RAITH ROVERS: Ross Laidlaw. Jason Thomson, Dougie Hill, Simon Mensing, Eddie Malone (Reece Donaldson 26). Allan Walker (c), Joe Hamill, Grant Anderson (Pat Clarke 83), David Smith, Greig Spence, Brian Graham.
SUBS  NOT USED: Laurie Ellis, Stuart Anderson, David McGurn (GK)

 . . . . . . . Form last six matches
 . . Dunfermline  .  . Raith Rovers
 . Dumbarton (A) D

2-2

 . Queen of the South (H) W 1-0
 . Hibernian . (H) L  .1-2  . Falkirk (A) L 2-3
 . Falkirk (A) L 1-2  . Hibs (H) D 0-0
 . Queens Park (H) L 2-1  . .Morton (A) L

0-1

 . Ayr United (A) D

0-0

 . Dumbarton (H) W 3-2
 . St Mirren (H)  .W

 .4-3

 . Queen of the South (A) L 1-3

Raith won their first three Championship games but then failed to win in four. . Since 24th September Raith have won three out of five matches and that is the date of the Pars last win. Dunfermline`s two wins have come at home - against Dumbarton on the opening day of the Championship season and then against St Mirren in September. On both occasions the Pars had to score four goals to secure the win.

Last weekend Mark Stewart`s stoppage-time strike gave Raith Rovers victory over Queen of the South and moved them up to third.

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Dumbarton): Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Michael Paton (Joe Cardle HT), Andy Geggan (c), Nat Wedderburn, Kallum Higginbotham: Nicky Clark, Gavin Reilly (Michael Moffat 67)
SUBS NOT USED: Rhys McCabe, Johnny Galloway, Callum Fordyce, Paul McMullan, David Hutton (GK)

RAITH ROVERS (v Queen of the South): Kevin Cuthbert: Iain Davidson, Jean-Yves Mvoto, Kyle Benedictus, Kevin McHattie: Ross Matthews, Jordan Thompson (Rudi Skacel 89), Ross Callachan, Johnston (Scott Roberts 75), Mark Stewart, Declan McManus (Lewis Vaughan 65)

SUBS NOT USED: Joel Coustrain, Aaron Lennox, Liam Smith, Conor Brennan (GK).

The referee will be Craig Thomson.



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