Saturday, 11th Feb 2023
cinch League One: (away) v Airdrieonians, Saturday 11th February 2023, kick off 3.00pm at the Excelsior Stadium.
Dunfermline Athletic face Airdrieonians at the Excelsior Stadium this Saturday and it will be their first visit there since the League One match in April 2016. This match is the re-arranged fixture after the postponement of the original date, 17th December and is the first of two consecutive league matches against the Diamonds.
The Lanarkshire side are two places and ten points behind the league leaders but they are unbeaten in their last four league matches and only FC Edinburgh have so far registered wins at the Excelsior Stadium this season.
In league meetings Dunfermline and Airdrie, the Diamonds are marginally ahead of the Pars with 41 wins to Dunfermline`s 39, 32 matches have been drawn including the last one at East End Park in August this year.
Pars v Airdrie: The Full League Record
At East End Park
League One, 27th August 2022
Dunfermline 1 Airdrieonians 1
Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians
Sat, 27th Aug 2022
Dunfermline took the lead midway through the second half when Edwards launched another throw in from the right. Todorov rose for it with former Pars captain Callum FORDYCE at the near post and the goal came off the Airdrieonians centre back. Ironically Dycey first goal for Dunfermline, 1-0.
The noise level increased significantly as East End Park celebrated and just four minutes later it came close for them to celebrating two but Todd smashed the ball narrowly wide left. Fordyce then almost made amends with a shot that went over off the crossbar.
It was Airdrieonians who scored the only other goal with FRIZZELL taking advantage of an unfortunate attempt to clear and whacking a low shot into the bottom right of the Pars goal. The 78th minute goal was the first this season to be scored against the Pars in League One. 1-1
The one point meant Airdrieonians returned to North Lanarkshire top of the league on goal difference.
DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards: Chris Hamilton (Joe Chalmers 62): Kyle Macdonald, Matthew Todd, Chris Mochrie: Kevin O’Hara (Lewis McCann 50), Nikolay Todorov
SUBS NOT USED: Sam Fisher, Andrew Tod, Taylor Sutherland, Max Little (GK)
AIRDRIEONIANS: Murray Johnson: Cammy Ballantyne, Rhys McCabe, Euan Deveney (Ben Wylie 73), Callum Fordyce, Adam Frizzell, Callum Smith, Lewis Jamieson (Calum Gallagher 43), Craig Watson, Justin Devenny, Gabby McGill (Salim Kouider-Aïssa 85).
SUBS NOT USED: Cole Gibson, Trialist, Dean McMaster, Alex Henderson.
Airdrieonians have won as many points at home this season as Dunfermline. They have won four of their last six games and lost only one league match since 29th October.
Dunfermline are undefeated in their last ten league matches and have lost only three away from home this season – against Premierleague Ross County, Championship Dundee and at Montrose. In League One the Pars away form is better than their home form with eight wins, 17 goals and only four conceded on the road.
League Position: 1st
League Points: 49
Goal Difference: +23
Away League Record: P11 W8 D2 L1 GF17 GA4
Last Six Match Form: WWDLDW
League Position: 3rd
League Points: 39
Goal Difference: +14
Home League Record: P11 W7 D2 L2 GF28 GA15
Last Six Match Form: WLWDWW
Last Time Out
DUNFERMLINE (v Montrose): Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen (Kevin O’Hara 59): Kyle Macdonald, Chris Hamilton (Chris Mochrie 90+9), Joe Chalmers, Josh Edwards: Matthew Todd: Craig Wighton (Nikolay Todorov 85), Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Sam Young, Andrew Tod, Robbie Mahon, Max Little (GK)
AIRDRIEONIANS (v Clyde): Josh Rae: Cammy Ballantyne, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Callum Fordyce, Euan Deveney, Rhys McCabe, Adam Frizzell, Charlie Telfer (Ben Stanway 65), Callum Smith, Gabby McGill (Lewis McGregor 45),
SUBS NOT USED: David Hutton, Salim Kouider-Aïssa, Dean McMaster, Craig Watson, Justin Devenny, Lachie Byrd, Bright Prince
This is the only League One fixture this weekend.
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