Preview FalkirkSaturday, 4th Nov 2017
Ladbrokes Championship: (away) v Falkirk, Saturday 4th November, kick off 3.00pm at the Falkirk Stadium.
Dunfermline travel to Falkirk on Saturday hoping to make amends for a poor performance and 1-0 defeat in Inverness last weekend. Their opponents are never easy where Dunfermline are concerned and their most recent win there is in March 2011.
The Bairns new manager, Paul Hartley will be eager to get his first win but with league leaders St Mirren away to Dundee United three points are vital for the Pars. Three points separate the top four in the Championship, Livingston are in second on 21 points while the Fifers are level with United on 20. There is a possibility that by five o`clock on Saturday the four sides could be separated by just one point.
Milestones Falkirk (Away)
12/03/11 2-1 First Division
04/02/17 0-2 Championship
01/01/65 4-0 First Division*
1936-37 4-6 First Division*
*Pre league reconstruction
The Pars 3-1 win over Falkirk on 19th August was the first Dunfermline win in 11 tries. Falkirk have won 9 of the last 12 meetings in league and cup.
Last 12 Matches v Falkirk
05/10/17 (A) 0-1 L Irn Bru Cup
19/08/17 (H) 3-1 W Championship
22/04/17 (H) 1-2 L Championship
04/02/17 (A) 0-2 L Championship
26/12/16 (H) 1-1 D Championship
15/10/16 (A) 1-2 L Championship
19/08/14 (H) 1-2 L Petrofac Cup
27/08/13 (A) 1-2 L League Cup
27/03/13 (H) 0-2 L Division One
16/02/13 (A) 0-1 L Division One
26/12/12 (H) 0-1 L Division One
06/10/12 (A) 2-2 D Division One
Last Meeting at Falkirk Stadium
7th October 2017
Falkirk 2 Dunfermline 0
The Pars were missing Callum Morris, Ryan Williamson and Fraser Aird away on international duty. Falkirk took advantage and knocked their rivals out of the Irn Bru Cup.
Myles Hipplolyte delivered a dangerous inswinger of a ball from the left into the six yard box and Conrad BALATONI, at the back post, turned into the Pars net. 18 minutes 1-0
Falkirk added a second in 59 minutes. HIPPOLYTE picked up on a Wedderburn header to nip in and slip the ball into the corner of the net. 2-0
FALKIRK: David Mitchell (Robbie Thomson 70): Jordan McGhee, Aaron Muirhead, Peter Grant, Conrad Balatoni, Alex Harris, Joe McKee, Tom Taiwo, Mark Kerr, Myles Hippolyte (James Craigen 75), Kevin O`Hara (Nathan Austin 84).
SUBS NOT USED: Cameron Blues, Scott Shepherd, Luca Gasparotto, Tony Gallacher.
DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Lewis Martin, Lee Ashcroft, Nat Wedderburn (Jean-Yves M`Voto 79), Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Aaron Splaine (Andy Ryan 74), Dean Shiels, Declan McManus, Callum Smith, Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Conner Duthie, Scott Lochhead, Cammy Gill (GK).
|Current League Position|
|Last six form|
|P11, W1, D5, L5||P11, W6, D3, L2|
P11 W6 D2 L3 GD+14 Pts20
P11 W1 D5 L6 GD-10 Pts8
Falkirk are still in search of their first home league win of the season. Their league form has come as a bit of a surprise after winning four out of four in the Betfred Cup at the start of the season. Bad though things may seem at The Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk have lost just one of their last five home matches.
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 0-1
Livingston (H) W 3-1
Queen of the South (A) D 0-0
Falkirk (A) L 0-2
Dundee United (H) L 1-3
Brechin City (A) W 2-0
Queen of the South (A) L 2-4
St Mirren (H) D 0-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) D 0-0
Dunfermline (H) W 0-2
Morton (A) W 1-0
Livingston (H) L 0-2
Last time out
DUNFERMLINE ( v Inverness Caley Th): Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Jason Talbot: Kallum Higginbotham, Aaron Splaine (Dean Shiels 76), Nat Wedderburn, Fraser Aird (Joe Cardle 66): Callum Smith (Declan McManus 66), Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Ryan, Lewis Martin, Jean-Yves M`Voto, Cammy Gill (GK).
FALKIRK (v Queen of the South): Robbie Thomson: Jordan McGhee, Aaron Muirhead, Tony Gallacher, Conrad Balatoni, Cieran Dunne, Joe McKee, Mark Kerr, James Craigen (Alex Harris 71), Nathan Austin (Rory Loy 46), Myles Hippolyte (Lee Millar 46).
SUBS NOT USED: Paul Watson, Luca Gasparotto, Kevin O`Hara, Robbie Mutch (GK).
Referee will be Craig Thomson.
Brechin City v Dumbarton
Dundee United v St Mirren
Livingston v Inverness Caley Thistle
Morton v Queen of the South
- Inverness Caley Thistle 1 Dunfermline 0
- Dunfermline 3 Livingston 1
- Ryan Williamson in Scotland Squad