Ayr United vs. Alloa Athletic
Tuesday 30th October 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm
Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United play host to Alloa Athletic as the Championship action returns to Somerset Park. United got back to winning ways on Saturday with a hard fought 1-0 win in Maryhill and know three points against the Wasps – who have proved difficult opponents in recent seasons – will extend their advantage over third-place Dundee United to seven points and keep the pressure on leaders Ross County.
Elsewhere this evening, County travel to take on Falkirk, Inverness host Dunfermline and Queen of the South play Greenock Morton.
We will be holding a minutes silence prior to kick off as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in the tragic helicopter crash at Leicester last weekend.
The Opposition: Alloa are unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions and picked up their first win of the Championship season at home to Partick 10 days ago. They followed that result up with a goalless draw against Inverness, also at the Indodrill Stadium, to leave themselves in ninth position, five points clear of Falkirk and just one behind Thistle.
Team News: Everyone is fit and available.
Landmarks: Alan Forrest made his 200th appearance for the club at Ross County, a match that also marked Michael Moffat’s 200th start for United. Robbie Crawford is in line to make his 200th Ayr United appearance against Alloa and Craig Moore his 100th.
Lawrence Shankland made his 50th appearance as an Honest Man on Saturday against Partick Thistle and is two short of 50 goals.
Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 57
Draws – 23
Alloa Athletic wins – 27
The Wasps are unbeaten in their last 5 visits to Somerset Park, since March 2011.
Last Meeting: A Lawrence Shankland double at the Indodrill Stadium handed the Honest Men all three points when the sides met in the league last month.
On this date: in 2011, United came back from 2-0 down at Hamilton to defeat the Accies 3-2, with Michael Moffat and John Robertson scoring in the second-half before Chris Smith’s winner.
Referee – David Munro
Assistant Referee 1 – Brian Templeton
Assistant Referee 2 – Jordan Paterson