Airdrie match preview

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to the Excelsior Stadium to face Airdrieonians as the fight to avoid relegation continues. The Honest Men raced to a two goal lead at home to Peterhead last weekend but a second-half collapse saw three vital points dropped. United’s rivals to avoid the play-off spot Stenhousemuir also let slip a two goal advantage last weekend, losing 3-2 in the final minute at Cappielow. The Warriors travel to Stranraer on Saturday.

Airdrie were defeated 2-0 at title-chasing Forfar Athletic last weekend, seriously denting their hopes of making the promotion play-offs. The Diamonds now sit six points behind fourth placed Brechin City with nine points to play for. Former Ayr striker Bryan Prunty has been on a rich run of goalscoring form with 10 goals in the his last 10 games, taking his tally to the season to 14. His strike partner Jim Lister looks set to miss the rest of the season through injury.

Read on for our match preview:

Team news: Martyn Campbell has been unwell so is not in the squad, everyone else is fit.

Form: United’s latest defeat was their fifth in the last seven matches and extended the run without a victory to eight games. The Honest Men’s last away win was at Stirling on Valentine’s Day. Airdrieonians have won four of their last six games and have lost just one of their last eight at home.

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 8
Draws – 8
Airdrieonians wins – 8

United are unbeaten in 9 of the 12 matches between the sides at the Excelsior Stadium.

Nine Ayr players have been sent off in the last eight meetings between the sides.

Last Meeting: The Diamonds have defeated the Honest Men three times this season, most recently at the start of last month. Adam Blakeman was sent-off in the 21st minute before a second-half goal from Marc Fitzpatrick saw Airdrie depart Somerset Park with a 1-0 victory.

On this day: United have a 60% win rate, winning nine of the 15 matches played on this date.

Match Officials:
Referee – Craig Charleston
Assistant Referee 1 – Stephen Mitchell
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McDonald

Match Info:
Adult – £16
Concession – £10
Child (under 16) – £7
Parent & Child – £20