Preview Ross CountySaturday, 24th Nov 2018
Ladbrokes Championship: (away) Saturday 24th November 2018 at the Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall kick off 3.00pm
Due to Ross County’s involvement in the quarter final matches in the Irn Bru Cup this fixture was put back a week to a Saturday that both clubs had blank. While most of the other Championship clubs are engaged in William Hill Scottish Cup ties, Ross County will play host to Dunfermline Athletic both of whom received byes for the Third Round on account of their league placing last season.
This will undoubtedly be one of the toughest away games of the Pars Championship season. Ross County lost their Premiership place last season but are determined to bounce straight back up. They have assembled an impressive squad that includes former Pars Callum Morris and Declan McManus.
Despite trailing league leaders Ayr United by five points, the Dingwall side remain hot favourites for the title this season. If anyone doubted their credentials, they might not have after their victory at East End Park earlier this season. The Pars of course are an enigma, reserving their best performances for away matches, so hopefully this is by no means a cakewalk for the Staggies.
Milestones Ross County (Away)
Last Victory | 29/03/11 |1-0| Division 1
Last Defeat |12/01/16 |0-1| Scottish Cup
Best Victory | 18/04/09 | 3-1| Division 1
Worst Defeat | 24/03/09 | 1-2 | Division 1
Last Goalless Draw | 22/02/11 | 0-0 | Division 1
First Meeting | 24/03/09 | 1-2 | Division 1
All Competitive Matches v Ross County
W D L
Last Meeting at Dingwall
William Hill Scottish Cup Replay 16 January 2016
Ross County 1 Dunfermline 0
Just three days after the sides played out a 2-2 draw at East End Park the replay brought them together again. The visitors paid dearly for not taking their chances as Ross County found the net twenty minutes from time. Michael Gardyne supplied the delivery from the left and the ball travelled through the defence to Raffaele DE VITA on the far side and he thrashed the ball past Sean Murdoch for the only goal of the game. 1-0
ROSS COUNTY: Scott Fox; Marcus Fraser, Chris Robertson, Andrew Davies (c), Richard Foster; Jonathan Franks (Raffaele De Vita HT), Jackson Irvine (Ian McShane 68), Stewart Murdoch, Michael Gardyne; Brian Graham, Alex Schalk (Rocco Quinn 75).
SUBS NOT USED: Jamie Reckord, Scott Boyd, Greg Morrison, Gary Woods (GK).
SCORERS: De Vita (70)
DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch; Shaun Rooney, Brad McKay, Ben Richards-Everton (Rhys McCabe 76), Jason Talbot; Michael Paton, Andy Geggan (c), Josh Falkingham, Joe Cardle (David Hopkirk 66); Michael Moffat (Ryan Wallace 79), Faissal El Bakhtaoui.
SUBS NOT USED: Shaun Byrne, Mickael Antoine-Curier, John Potter, Cammy Gill (GK)
Form Last Six Matches
Falkirk (H) L 0-1
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
Motherwell U20 (A) W 2-1
Dundee United (H) L 0-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) D 2-2
Falkirk (A) D 1-1
Morton (H) W 5-0
Ayr United (H) W 2-1
Ross County’s defeat to Dundee United on 10th November was their first home defeat of the season. They have lost only two of their 13 league games and at home they have conceded just two league goals and just three in total in their 10 home matches in all competitions.
At home the Pars have won just one in five league games but Dunfermline’s away form is good with just one defeat in ten games in all competitions this season.
League Position: 7th
League Points: 15
League Record: P13 W4 D3 L6 GF12 GA19
Goal Difference: -7
Last Six League Match Form: WLLDWL
League Position: 2nd
League Points: 25
League Record: P13 W7 D4 L2 GF24 GA9
Goal Difference: +15
Last Six League Match Form: WWWDDL
Last time out
DUNFERMLINE (v Falkirk): Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Kallum Higginbotham (Aidan Connolly 76), Malaury Martin, Joe Thomson, Myles Hippolyte (Robbie Muirhead 76): Andy Ryan, Aidan Keena (Faissal El Bakhtaoui 35).
SUBS NOT USED: James Craigen, Lewis Martin, James Vincent, Cammy Gill (GK)
Ross County utilised their squad for their Irn Bru Cup tie last Saturday against Motherwell U20s. Below is the side that faced Dundee United a week past Saturday.
ROSS COUNTY (v Dundee United): Scott Fox: Marcus Fraser, Sean Kelly, Liam Fontaine, Keith Watson, Ross Draper, Jamie Lindsay, Iain Vigurs, Josh Mullin, Davis Kellior-Dunn, Billy McKay
SUBS NOT USED: Stelios Demetriou, Don Cowie, Declan McManus, Brian Graham, Tony Dingwall, Ross Stewart, Ross Munro (GK).
Dunfermline fans will be accommodated in the North Stand at the Global Energy Stadium and prices are as fresh lows:-
Adults (aged 26-64): £20
Students and over 65s: £10
Under 18: £5