Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Inverness CT

Saturday, 17th Oct 2020

Scottish Championship (home) Saturday 17th October, kick off 3.00pm
The last dozen league matches between the teams have seen three Dunfermline wins, three draws and six Caley Thistle wins.

League football returns with a tough opening fixture at home to John Robertson’s Inverness Caley Thistle. Dunfermline lost all three league matches against the Highlanders last season but desperately want to kick their league campaign off with a victory.

Only Morton lost more away games in the Championship than the Caley Jags last season and the Fifers will be hoping to make sure their first away game of this league season is just as unsuccessful.

Betfred Cup form has seen the Pars win three with three shut outs as well. The visitors have played two matches and recorded a 1-0 defeat at Tynecastle before being held to a goalless draw at home to Cowdenbeath on Tuesday night.

Milestones v Inverness Caley Thistle (home)
Last League Victory | 16/02/19 | 1-0 | Championship
Last League Defeat | 25/02/20 | 1-2 | Championship
Best League Victory | 07/08/99 | 4-0 | Division 1
Worst League Defeat | 18/01/12 | 1-3 | Division 1
Last Goalless Match | 02/05/12 | 0-0 | Premier League
First Ever Meeting | 07/08/99 | 4-0 | Division 1

The last dozen league matches between the teams have seen three Dunfermline wins, three draws and six Caley Thistle wins.

Last 12 League matches v Inverness Caley Thistle
25/02/20: (H) 1-2 [0-1] Doran, [1-1] Thomas, [1-2] Walsh
21/12/19: (A) 0-2 [0-1] Rooney, [0-2] McCart
14/09/19: (H) 0-1 [0-1] Welsh
04/05/19: (A) 0-1 [0-1] Austin
16/02/19: (H) 1-0 [1-0] Thomson
30/10/18: (A) 2-2 [1-0] Keena, [1-1] Calder, [2-1] Keena, [2-2] White
01/09/18: (H) 0-3 [0-1] Rooney, [0-2] Polworth, [0-3] Oakley
21/04/18: (A) 2-2 [1-0] Ryan, [1-1] Chalmers, [1-2] Austin, [2-2] Clark.
13/03/18: (H) 1-0 [1-0] Craigen
28/10/17: (A) 0-1 [0-1] Bell
12/08/17: (H) 5-1 [1-0] Smith, [2-0] Ashcroft, [2-1] Vigurs, [3-1] Cardle, [4-1] Hopkirk, [5-1] Cardle.
18/02/12: (H) 1-1 [1-0] Cardle, [1-1] Ross.

Last time at East End Park

Dunfermline 1 Inverness Caley Thistle 2
Ladbrokes Championship, Tuesday 25th February 2020

Fortune favoured Inverness greater than it did Dunfermline on this cold Tuesday night. The visitors went ahead from a disputed free kick 23 yards out that was deemed to have crossed the goal line after rattling down off the crossbar. Carson and DORAN stood over the ball before the latter hit the ball around the four man wall to score. 0-1

When Dom Thomas’s cross from the setpiece was not properly cleared THOMAS pounced on the opportunity and spectacularly crashed home from 20 yards out. 1-1

The 70th minute equaliser was then followed by what turned out to be the winner for the away team as a Tom WALSH shot was deflected past a helpless Owain Fôn Williams.

DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Lee Ashcroft (Lewis Martin 81), Danny Devine, Euan Murray: Ryan Dow (Ethan Ross 54), Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner, Dom Thomas: Jonathan Afolabi (Gabby McGill 68): Kevin Nisbet.
SUBS NOT USED: Joe Thomson, Tom Beadling, Lewis McCann, Cammy Gill (GK)

INVERNESS CT: Mark Ridgers, Shaun Rooney, Brad McKay, Lewis Toshney, Carl Tremarco (c): David Carson, James Vincent, Miles Storey (Tom Walsh 70), Aaron Doran (Charlie Trafford 81), Roddy Macgregor (James Keatings 61), Jordan White.
SUBS NOT USED: Kevin McHattie, Nikolay Todorov, Cameron Harper, Cameron Mackay (GK).

Last Season’s Form

Final League Position: 6th
League Points: 37
League Record: P28 W10 D7 L11 GF41 GA36
Goal Difference: +5
Last Six League & Cup Match Form: DDDWWW

Final League Position: 2nd
League Points: 45
League Record: P27 W14 D3 L10 GF39 GA32
Goal Difference: +7
Last Six League & Cup Match Form: LWLWLD

Recent Matches

Kilmarnock (A) W 3-0
Falkirk (H) W 2-0
Dumbarton (A) W 1-0
Stirling Albion (N) D 0-0
Rangers B (A) L 1-3
East Fife (A) W 1-0

Cowdenbeath (H) D 0-0
Hearts (A) L 0-1
Elgin City (H) D 1-1
Clachnacuddin (A) W 2-0
Nairn County (A) W 7-0
Elgin City (A) W 7-3

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Kilmarnock):
Cammy Gill: Steven Whittaker, Paul Watson, Euan Murray (c), Josh Edwards: Fraser Murray, Iain Wilson, Kyle Turner (Paul Allan 73), Dom Thomas (Lewis McCann 80): Kevin O’Hara (Ryan Dow 66), Declan McManus (Gabby McGill 80).
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Miller Fenton, Owain Fôn Williams (GK), Ben Swinton (GK)

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (v Cowdenbeath): Cameron Mackay: Kevin McHattie (Cameron Harper 65), Brad Mackay, Sean Welsh, Wallace Duffy (Danny Devine 77), James Vincent (Scott Allardice 65), James Keatings, Robbie Deas, Miles Storey (Nikolay Todorov 13), Roddy Macgregor, Daniel Mackay
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Hyde, Shane Harkness, Ryan Fyffe, Mark Ridgers (GK).

Miles Storey was subbed after injuring his hamstring in the Betfred Cup group match against Cowdenbeath on Tuesday and will have to sit out the next few matches.

Former Pars Kevin McHattie, Danny Devine and James Vincent all returned from injury and could play some part.

Referee will be Willie Collum.

Other Championship Fixtures
Hearts v Dundee (Friday night)
Ayr United v Queen of the South
Morton v Alloa Athletic
Raith Rovers v Arbroath

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