Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Brechin City

Saturday, 14th Apr 2018

Ladbrokes Championship (home) Saturday 14th April kick off 3.00pm at East End Park

Just two home games left in this season’s Ladbrokes Championship and they are against the bottom two. Brechin are already relegated but Dunfermline will be keen to maintain their pursuit of a play off place.

Results elsewhere along with Dunfermline’s continued winning run mean now that if they can win their remaining three games then a play off place will be secure.

There have been some high scoring games against Brechin and the Pars have only ever lost four home games against their Angus opponents. Brechin`s win in February 2015 was their first at East End Park since April 1987.

Milestones v Brechin City (home)
Last Victory: 26/12/17: 2-1 Championship
Last Defeat: 24/02/15: 0-1 League One
Best Victory: 14/12/29: 10-1: Div Two
Worst Defeat: 18/04/87: 0-2: Div One

Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin
Sat, 23rd Dec 2017

Last fifteen meetings
Dunfermline have won 10 of the last 15 meetings, two have been lost, three drawn.

Championship: Brechin City 0-3 Dunfermline : (W) : 20/03/18
Championship: Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin City : (W) : 23/12/17
Championship: Brechin City 0-3 Dunfermline : (W) : 23/09/17
League One: Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City : (W) : 26/03/16
League One: Brechin City 1-2 Dunfermline : (W) : 20/02/16
League One: Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City : (W) : 05/12/15
League One: Brechin City 1-6 Dunfermline : (W) : 08/08/15
League One: Brechin City 0-3 Dunfermline : (W) : 18/04/15
League One: Brechin City 1-1 Dunfermline : (D) : 02/03/15
League One: Dunfermline 0-1 Brechin City : (L) : 24/02/15
League One: Dunfermline 0-0 Brechin City : (D) : 09/08/14
League One: Dunfermline 2-1 Brechin City : (W) : 29/03/14
League One: Brechin City 3-2 Dunfermline : (L) : 25/01/14
League One: Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin City : (W) : 23/11/13
League One: Brechin City 1-1 Dunfermline : (D) 14/09/13

Last Meeting at East End Park
Ladbrokes Championship, 23rd December 2017
Dunfermline 2 Brechin City 1

Dunfermline took the lead midway through the first half. It came from a simple cross from Nat Wedderburn on the right to Nicky Clark beyond the far post. His header back across the face of goal was stuck away by Declan McMANUS. 1-0

Four minutes into the second half and a great ball from Clark on halfway picked out Joe Cardle on the left and he set off for goal before slipping the ball to Michael PATON on his right. The Pars no.15 made no mistake smacking his shot home for 2-0.

Connor McLENNAN came on for Kalvin Orsi ten minutes into the second half and he was to score just four minutes later. A strong run created the opening for the sub who unleashed a great strike from 25 yards out that gave Sean Murdoch little chance. 2-1

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Michael Paton, Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels (Kallum Higginbotham 77), Joe Cardle (Fraser Aird 77): Nicky Clark, Declan McManus (Andy Ryan 79).
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Callum Smith, Jean-Yves M`Voto, Cammy Gill (GK)

BRECHIN CITY: Graeme Smith, Sean Crighton, Paul McLean (c) (James Dale HT), Gary Fusco, Aron Lynas, Jordan Sinclair (Finn Graham 77), Euan Smith, Euan Spark, Liam Watt, Kalvin Orsi (Connor McLennan 55), Isaac Layne
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Jackson, Ally Love, Chris O`Neil, Patrick O`Neil (GK)

Form last six matches

Dunfermline are unbeaten in their last seven matches. Brechin City have lost their last 13 matches and have not won since defeating Buckie Thistle 3-2 at Victoria Park in November.

Falkirk (A) W 2-1
Livingston (H) W 1-0
Queen of the South (H) W 3-1
Dundee United (A) D 1-1
Brechin City (A) W 3-0
Morton (H) D 0-0

St Mirren (H) L 0-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 0-4
Falkirk (A) L 0-3
Morton (A) L 0-2
Dunfermline (H) L 0-3
Dumbarton (H) L 1-3

Recent Form

League Position: 3rd
League Points: 52
League Record: P33 W14 D10 L9 GF50 GA33
Goal Difference: +17
Last Six League Match Form: DWDWWW

League Position: 10th
League Points: 4
League Record: P32 W0 D4 L28 GF19 GA73
Goal Difference: -54
Last Six League Match Form: LLLLLL

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Falkirk):
Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin: Kallum Higginbotham (Jean-Yves M’Voto 85), Tom Beadling (Joe Cardle 90+2), James Craigen, Fraser Aird (Nat Wedderburn 67): Declan McManus, Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Ryan, Dan Armstrong, Jason Talbot, Cammy Gill (GK)

BRECHIN CITY (v St Mirren): Graeme Smith: Willie Dyer (Aron Lynas 50) Gary Fusco, Euan Spark, Euan Smith, James Dale, Callum Tapping, Finn Graham, Kalvin Orsi (Dylan Mackin 62) Jordan Sinclair, Isaac Layne
SUBS NOT USED: Liam Watt, Callumn Morrison, Patrick O`Neill, Scott Costello (GK).

Referee will be John McKendrick.

Other Ladbrokes Championship Fixtures on Saturday
Dundee United v Falkirk
Inverness Caley Thistle v Dumbarton
Morton v Queen of the South
St Mirren v Livingston

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