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Dunfermline Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 3rd December 2016

After overcoming Brechin City in the Scottish Cup on Tuesday night, Ayr are back on the road this weekend when they take on Dunfermline Athletic at East End Park. Ian McCall’s men are looking for their first league victory since mid-October, while three points for Allan Johnston’s side will see the Fife club climb above United on goal difference into seventh place in the table.

The Pars were involved in a high scoring cup tie in the Highlands last weekend, eventually defeating Buckie Thistle 5-3. That result came on the back of an important away win in the league against St. Mirren which ended a six-game run without a win in the Championship.

Dunfermline’ six home league games in the Championship this season have seen an average of 3.8 goals-per-game, despite a goalless draw against local rivals Raith Rovers.

Team News: Craig Moore is out, Paul Cairney is suspended and Peter Murphy is 50/50. Scott McKenna and Kevin Nisbet come back into the squad.

Ian says: “East End Park is a great place to go and play. It’s always a great playing surface and a good atmosphere. We did really well there last season, winning the first match and being well ahead in the second match which was changed by the sending off. We have a 5 or 6 game period now where some good results will have us looking towards mid table or if the results don’t go our way we will be in a battle at the bottom so its a really important spell and we are looking forward to it.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 34
Draws – 28
Dunfermline Athletic wins – 54

United have won just one of the last 17 meetings between the sides, that win coming in the first meeting between the clubs at East End Park last season.

Last meeting: The sides played out a tight goalless draw when they met at Somerset Park at the start of October.
On this day: in 2005, United defeated Alloa Athletic 4-0 away from home with goals from Ray Logan, Jerome Vareille and Gareth Wardlaw. The Honest Men have a 40% win ratio on 3rd December.

Match Officials:
Referee – Barry Cook
Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie
Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Spence

Admission:
Adult – £17
Concession – £11
Under 12s – £5