This will be the first visit to KDM Group East End Park for an Arbroath team since Boxing Day 2021. For Arbroath this is the fourth of a sequence of five aways games while this is the fourth of five back to back home games for the Pars. Both teams on a run of failing to win matches will be seeking to record a win in this match postponed originally due to a waterlogged pitch.
These two clubs have met 103 times and the Fifers have the advantage with 48 wins to Arbroath’s 34 with 21 games drawn. The sides have met 82 times in the league, Dunfermline have won 35, Arbroath 29 and 18 matches have been drawn. The last twice the Red Lichties have been the visitors they have recorded 3-0 wins.
James McPake took Dunfermline to Arbroath in the SPFL Trust Trophy in December last year and recorded an impressive 5-1 win. This time around any kind of win would be welcome.
Milestones Arbroath (home)
Last Victory | 24/04/21 | 4-3 | Championship
Last Defeat | 26/12/21 | 0-3 | Championship
Best Victory | 02/04/32 | 6-0 | Div Two*
Worst Defeat | 12/12/36 | 1-4 | Div One*
Last Goalless Draw | 22/03/86 | Div Two*
First Meeting | 17/04/22 | 5-1 | Div Two*
*Pre league reconstruction
Last time at East End Park
cinch Championship, Sunday 26th December 2022
Dunfermline 0 Arbroath 3
Dunfermline conceded an early goal in just the sixth minute. Anton Dowds was sent down the left and his cross was deflected past Owain Fôn Williams by Rhys Breen finding the goal in the bottom right. 0-1
Arbroath found the net in the final minute of the half, Dowds laid the ball off to McKENNA some 20 yards out and their top goalscorer sent a screamer past Fon Williams to give the visitors a two goal advantage at half time.
Arbroath’s third goal came from a Nouble break down the right channel to tee up DOWDS for an 81st minute goal. 0-3
DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Mark Connolly, Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards: Matthew Todd (Kai Kennedy 62), Graham Dorrans (c), Paul Allan, Ryan Dow: Craig Wighton (Kevin O’Hara 62), Lewis McCann
SUBS NOT USED: Ross Graham, Kyle Macdonald, Nikolay Todorov, Dan Pybus, Deniz Mehmet (GK)
ARBROATH: Derek Gaston: Jason Thomson, Ricki Little, Thomas O’Brien (c), Colin Hamilton (David Gold 89): Chris Hamilton, Scott Stewart, Liam Henderson, Michael McKenna, Joel Nouble, Anton Dowds.
SUBS NOT USED: Gavin Swankie, Bobby Linn, Luke Donnelly, Nicky Low, Harrison Clark, Callum Antell (GK)
Arbroath’s run of five wins on the run was halted by Inverness Caley Thistle last Saturday. Caley clearly got the new manager lift with Duncan Ferguson in charge of his first game.
Dunfermline have only won two of their last six matches but they will be hoping to replicate the form that saw them convincingly defeat Morton in their last home game. Both sides have faced Partick Thistle in Glasgow lately. While Dunfermline lost 3-0, Arbroath won 3-0. Every game is different and that’s probably a good thing!
League Position: 5th
League Points: 15
Goal Difference: -1
Home League Record: P6 W2 D1 L3 GF7 GA7
Last Six Match Form: LLWLDL
League Position: 9th
League Points: 12
Goal Difference: -6
Away League Record: P5 W2 D0 L3 GF7 GA10
Last Six Match Form: WLLLLL
Last six matches
Raith Rovers (H) L 0-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 1-1
Dundee United (H) L 1-2
Morton (A) D 1-1
Raith Rovers (A) L 0-1
Ayr United (H) L 0-1
Spartans (A) L 1-2
New Saints (A) L 1-4
Airdrieonians (A) L 0-2
Partick Thistle (H) L 1-3
Dundee United (A) L 0-6
Queen of the South W 2-1
Last time out
DUNFERMLINE (v Raith Rovers): Deniz Mehmet: Sam Fisher, Chris Hamilton (c), Ewan Otoo (Craig Wighton 77): Aaron Comrie, Paul Allan, Joe Chalmers (Kane Ritchie-Hosler 52), Josh Edwards: Owen Moffat: Alex Jakubiak (Matty Todd 52), Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Michael O’Halloran, Max Little (GK)
ARBROATH (v Spartans): Derek Gaston: Aaron Steele, Thomas O’Brien (c), Colin Hamilton, Scott Stewart: David Gold (Kenan Dunnwald-Turan 79), Craig Slater: Ryan Dow (Mark Stowe 19), Michael McKenna, Jermaine Hylton, Jay Bird.
SUBS NOT USED: Keaghan Jacobs, Jess Norey, Darren Lyon, Ally Adams (GK).
Referee will be Ross Hardie.
Other cinch Championship fixtures
Airdrieonians v Ayr United
Inverness Caley Thistle v Partick Thistle
Queen’s Park v Morton
Raith Rovers v Dundee United
Inverness Caley Thistle
The New Saints
Queen of the South
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