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Saturday, 13th Jan 2018

Ladbrokes Championship: (home) v Dundee United, Saturday 13th January 2018, 3.00pm at East End Park.

The Pars take on Csaba László`s Dundee United. Fresh from a resounding defeat at The Falkirk Stadium United will be out to make amends while on the back of three consecutive victories the home side will be looking for another which would close the gap between them and their opponents to just four points.

Last season the six fixtures in Betfred and Irn Bru Cups and in four league matches resulted in five United wins and one draw. The two matches this season has seen two more United wins. It has not always been so one sided. In the 133 previous league meetings Dunfermline have 48 wins and United 51 with 36 match drawn.

Milestones Dundee United (Home)
Last League Victory | 21/04/07 | 1-0 | SPL
Last League Defeat | 10/09/16 | 1-3 | Championship
Best League Victory | 11/08/45 | 7-0 | Div B*
Worst League Defeat | 29/10/11 | 1-4 | SPL
Last Goalless Draw | 06/10/87 | 0-0 | SPL
First League Meeting | 08/10/21 | 4-1 | Div 2 (old)
*Pre league reconstruction

The last dozen league games between the two sides have seen DA win just one and United win ten, with one game ending up all square. United are unbeaten in the last eleven meetings.

Last Twelve Matches v Dundee United

Date | H/A | F-A | WDL | Competition
02/12/17 | A | 1-2 | L | Championship
30/09/17 | H | 1-3 | L | Championship
11/04/17 | A | 0-1 | L | Championship
28/01/17 | H | 1-1 | D | Championship
12/11/16 | H | 0-1 | L | Irn Bru Cup
08/11/16 | A | 0-1 | L | Championship
10/09/16 | A | 0-2 | L | Championship
31/08/16 | A | 0-3 | L | League Cup
22/09/15 | A | 1-3 | L | League Cup
31/03/12 | A | 0-3 | L | SPL
29/10/11 | H | 1-4 | L | SPL
20/08/11 | A | 1-0 | W | SPL

Last League Match at East End Park
Saturday 30th September 2017
Dunfermline Athletic 1 Dundee United 3

It was the Championship leaders versus the Championship favourites when the Pars welcomed Dundee United to East End Park. Two goals in the ten minutes prior to half time knocked the stuffing out of the Pars.

In 35 minutes McMullan fed the ball to Jamie Robson overlapping on the left and his cross could only be parried out by Sean Murdoch and Fraser FYVIE was well positioned to fire the loose ball into the Dunfermline net. 0-1

Eight minutes later a free kick from the right proved fatal for the Pars since when it came over Edenguele nodded it down for Scott McDONALD to stick away from close range. 0-2

In the 59th minute Flood cut back for FYVIE 24 yards out to melt his effort into the top right for 0-3 and the contest was really over before Callum Smith headed home a late consolation.

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels (Aaron Splaine 65), David Hopkirk (Callum Smith HT): Declan McManus (Andy Ryan 82), Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Fraser Aird, Scott Lochhead, Cammy Gill (GK).

DUNDEE UNITED: Harry Lewis: Mark Durnan, Willo Flood, William Edjenquele, Jamie Robson: Paul McMullan, Billy King, Jordie Briels, Fraser Fyvie, Scott McDonald (Patrick Nkoyi 90+3), James Keatings (Sam Stanton 77).
SUBS NOT USED: Scott Fraser, Scott Allardyce, Matthew Smith, Jake Davidson, Denez Dogan Mehmet(GK).

Form last six matches

Dumbarton (A) W 1-0
Falkirk (H) W 2-0
Brechin City (H) W 2-1
St Mirren (A) L 0-1
Queen of the South (H) L 2-5
Dundee United (A) L 1-2

Falkirk (A) L 1-6
Brechin City (H) W 4-1
St Mirren (A) L 0-2
Livingston (H) W 3-0
Morton (A) W 2-0
Dunfermline (H) W 2-1

Recent Form

League Position: 3rd
League Points: 32
League Record: P20 W89 D5 L6 GF37 GA24
Goal Difference: +15
Last Six League Match Form: LLLWWW

League Position: 2nd
League Points: 39
League Record: P20 W12 D3 L5 GF30 GA23
Goal Difference: +7
Last Six League Match Form: WWWLWL

After an unbeaten run of seven league games Dundee United have now lost two of their last three, both defeats coming away from home.

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Dumbarton):
Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft, Jean Yves M`Voto, Jason Talbot: Michael Paton, Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels (Kallum Higginbotham 82), Joe Cardle: Nicky Clark (c) (Callum Smith 78), Declan McManus (Andy Ryan 78).
SUBS NOT USED: Fraser Aird, Lewis Martin, Callum Morris, Craig Burt (GK)

DUNDEE UNITED (v Falkirk): Harry Lewis: Tam Scobbie, Paul Quinn, Jamie Robson: Brandon Mason, Billy King (Matt Smith 86), Sam Stanton, Craig Slater (Emil Lyng 59), Willo Flood, Scott McDonald, James Keatings (Logan Chalmers 66).

Both Joe Cardle and United`s Paul McMullan are eligible to play, both will serve a one league match suspension from 16th January.

Referee will be Bobby Madden.

Other Championship Fixtures
Brechin City v Livingston
Dumbarton v St Mirren
Inverness Caley Thistle v Queen of the South
Morton v Falkirk

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