Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Falkirk

Saturday, 10th Nov 2018

Ladbrokes Championship: (home) Saturday 10th November 2018, 3.00pm kick off at East End Park

In mileage terms Alloa Athletic are the Pars closest league neighbours but next nearest Falkirk are considered the big derby game for both clubs and both sets of fans. Everyone accepts that form doesn’t count for much when it comes to derbies and Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston has already described this Saturday’s home match as ‘massive’.

It will be the 100th league meeting between Dunfermline and Falkirk. So far the Bairns have the most success, they have 43 wins to the Pars 34 and 22 have been drawn. Going into this game Falkirk sit bottom of the league having taken just four points from the 12 league fixtures played so far. Meanwhile the Pars have collected 15 points but with four points from their last two matches away from home they are now up for taking full points from the visit of Ray McKinnon’s Falkirk.

Dunfermline v Falkirk: The Full League Record

 . P W D L F A
At East End Park 49 19 12 18 67 61
At Brockville 36 10 7 19 39 60
At Falkirk Stadium 14 5 3 6 13 14
TOTALS 99 34 22 43 119 135

Milestones Falkirk (Home)

Last League Victory | 02/01/18 |2-0| Championship
Last League Defeat | 27/03/13 |1-2| Championship
Best League Victory | 13/04/66 | 6-1| Division 1
Worst League Defeat | 02/01/52 | 0-6 | Division 2

Dunfermline have won just four of the last twelve meetings but those three of those four were in the last three meetings.

Last 12 Matches v Falkirk
06/04/18 (A) 2-0 W Championship
07/04/18 (A) 2-1 W Championship
02/01/18 (H) 2-0 W Championship
04/11/17 (A) 1-1 D Championship
05/10/17 (A) 0-2 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

Last meeting at East End Park
Ladbrokes Championship 2nd January 2018
Dunfermline 2 Falkirk 0

This was Lee Robinson’s debut match for Dunfermline. Nicky CLARK put the Fifers ahead in 16th minute finishing a chance from the right of goal and when his shot was fumbled by the Falkirk keeper, Robbie Mutch, it made its way into the net. 1-0

A second Pars goal came six minutes into the second half when Jason Talbot sent a diagonal pass back into the Bairns box, Clark got a touch and the ball broke for Declan MCMANUS to stick the ball in at the right post. 2-0

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft, Jean Yves M`Voto, Jason Talbot: Michael Paton, Nat Wedderburn, Dean Shiels, Joe Cardle (Kallum Higginbotham 84): Nicky Clark (c), Declan McManus (Andy Ryan 86)
SUBS NOT USED: Fraser Aird, Lewis Martin, Callum Smith, Cammy Gill (GK)

FALKIRK: Robbie Mutch: Aaron Muirhead, Peter Grant (Alex Harris 64), Reghan Tumilty, Tom Taiwo (Rory Loy 64), Craig Sibbald, Jordan McGhee, Louis Longridge, Thomas Robson, Andrew Nelson, Sean Welsh.
SUBS NOT USED: Cameron Blues, Lewis Kidd, James Craigen, Paul Watson, Robbie Thomson (GK)

Form Last Six Matches

Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) D 2-2
Dundee United (H) 0-2
Queen of the South (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (H) D 2-2
Falkirk (A) W 2-0

Ayr United (H) L 0-1
Ross County (H) D 1-1
Queen of the South (A) L 0-2
Morton (A) L 0-1
Dunfermline (H) L 0-2
Alloa Athletic (A) W 2-0

League Form
Falkirk have won only one league match this season, a 2-0 win at Alloa. They picked up a point from Ross County’s visit to The Falkirk Stadium last midweek and they lost to league leaders Ayr United, by the only goal of the game last Saturday.

Dunfermline’s away form is good with just one defeat in ten games in all competitions this season. At home however they are seeking their first win in four games and what would be just their second league win of the campaign.

League Position: 7th
League Points: 15
League Record: P12 W4 D3 L5 GF12 GA18
Goal Difference: -6
Last Six League Match Form: WWLLDW

League Position: 10th
League Points: 4
League Record: P12 W1 D1 L10 GF6 GA20
Goal Difference: -14
Last Six League Match Form: WLLLLDL

Last Time Out

(v Alloa Athletic): Lee Robinson: James Craigen (Ryan Williamson 60), Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Myles Hippolyte, Malaury Martin, Joe Thomson, Aidan Connolly (Kallum Higginbotham 60): Andy Ryan, Aidan Keena (Faissal El Bakhtaoui 68).
SUBS NOT USED: Robbie Muirhead, Lewis Martin, James Vincent, Cammy Gill (GK)

FALKIRK (v Ayr United): David Mitchell: Lewis Kidd (Ruben Sammut 74), Scott Harrison, Patrick Brough, Jordan McGhee: Tommy Robson, Joe McKee (Marcus Haber 65), Andrew Irving, Deimantas Petravicius: Prince Buaben (Denton Lewis 73), Zak Rudden.
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Dallison, Aidan Laverty, Mark Russell, Leo Fasan (GK).

Referee will be Andrew Dallas.

Other Ladbrokes Championship Matches

Ayr United v Queen of the South
Morton v Alloa Athletic
Partick Thistle v Inverness Caley Thistle
Ross County v Dundee United

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