Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Airdrieonians

Saturday, 13th Dec 2014

After the disappointment of Tuesday night, Jim Jefferies stressed that the only way to make up for the Scottish Cup defeat was to go out and win League One.

Currently the Pars lie second just two points behind league leaders Forfar Athletic but fellow challengers Stranraer and Morton are on the same points as the Pars making it very competitive at the top.

While Morton are at home to Brechin City, Stranraer are away to Peterhead and Dunfermline travel to the Excelsior Stadium to face Airdrieonians.
Airdrieonians currently lie eighth and are having another mediocre start to a season.

Last season they finished off by remaining unbeaten in the final eight league games but that followed a record of two wins in 20 matches. This season they have won only three times - at Ayr and at home to Brechin and Stenhousemuir - but they are actually one win better off than they were at this time last year!

Stats

Airdrie United  Dunfermline
Current League Position
8 2
League Points
14 27
Goal Difference
-3 +13
Last 6-Match Form
DWLLLD DLWDWL
Home / Away League Record
P7, W2, D2, L3 P7, W3, D1, L3

Recent Form  

Airdrieonians 14 points tally masks a month long undefeated run from mid October. At home they have lost only twice since mid August and even then it was only high flying Morton and Forfar Athletic who have left with full league points. Airdrieonians have not won in their last four games but then Dunfermline failed to win four consecutive league games before winning the last two against Stirling Albion and Ayr United.

  Recent Form
   Airdrieonians  Home      Dunfermline Away 
  Morton L 0-1   Stranraer D 2-2
  Morton L 0-2   Stenhousemuir L  0-1
  Stenhousemuir W 2-0   East Stirlingshire W 4-1
  Brechin City W 4-0   Ayr United W 1-0
  Forfar Athletic L 1-2   Stirling Albion W 2-0
  Stranraer D 3-3   Morton L 1-2

In league meetings Dunfermline lead 39 to 36 on wins; 29 matches have been drawn.

Pars v Airdrie: The Full League Record

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

At East End Park

54

24

17

13

91

81

At Airdrie

50

15

12

23

77

106

Division One (up to 1975)

42

19

6

17

83

90

Division Two (up to 1975)

12

1

3

8

24

42

Premier League (since 1975)

4

0

1

3

4

8

First Division (since 1975)

41

16

19

6

49

43

League One (since 2013) 5 3 0 2 8 4

TOTALS

104

39

29

36

168

187

Since Airdrie United came into being Dunfermline have won ten, lost five and drawn five.

Matches v Airdrie United / Airdrieonians

Date

H/A

F-A

Competition
23/08/14 H 3-0 League One
05/04/14 A 0-2 League One
18/01/14 H 0-1 League One
16/11/13 A 3-0 League One
21/09/13 H 2-1 League One
04/05/13 H 1-2 Division One
09/09/13 A 3-3 Division One
12/01/13 H 1-3 Division One
25/08/12 A 2-1 Division One
01/05/10 A 1-0 Division One
09/03/10 A 1-1 Division One
06/03/10 H 2-0 Division One
22/08/09 H 2-0 Division One
04/04/09 A 1-1 Division One
17/02/09 A 2-1 Scottish Cup
17/01/09 A 1-1 Division One
04/11/08 A 3-1 Division One
23/08/08 H 0-0 Division One
18/09/07 A 2-0 Challenge Cup
07/01/06 H 3-4 Scottish Cup

Teams last meeting
23rd August 2014: SPFL League One: two changes for Pars, Gregor Buchanan and Chigozie Ugwu start. Ugwu (23) 1-0; Moffat (40) 2-0; Ugwu (81) 3-0

Teams last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Stranraer): Ryan Scully; Ross Millen, Gregor Buchanan, Stuart Urquhart, Alex Whittle; Shaun Byrne, Andy Geggan, Josh Falkingham, Andy Stirling (Sorel Chemin 69); Allan Smith (Faissal El Bakhtaoui 63), Ryan Thomson (Michael Moffat 63)
SUBS NOT USED: Ross Forbes, John Potter, Lewis Spence, Ryan Goodfellow (GK)


AIRDRIEONIANS (v Brechin City): Andrew McNeil; Chris O'Neil, Luca Gasparotto, Ben Richards-Everton, Paddy Boyle, Nathan Blockley (Bryan Prunty 75), Steven Docherty, Marc Fitzpatrick, Scott Fraser, Jim Lister, Keighan Parker (Scott Gray 75)
SUBS NOT USED: Jamie Bain, John Boyle, Liam Watt, Scott Stewart, Rohan Ferguson
(GK).

Referee for the match will be Alan Newlands 33 year old from East Kilbride; a relative rookie who has been refereeing since he was 24.

C'mon Ye Pars!



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