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Ayr United vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Ladbrokes Championship

Tuesday 29th January 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight, Tuesday, Somerset Park plays host to another big game in the Championship as Inverness Caledonian Thistle make the long journey south after the match passed an 11.30am pitch inspection.

Ian McCall’s side were on a seven match unbeaten run when high winds led to the postponement of the original fixture date other at start of December but, despite six games within out a win since, can return to the top of the Championship tonight after returning to form to take all three points against Dundee United on Friday night.

The Opposition: Inverness were twice pegged back by Falkirk on Saturday, drawing 2-2 at the Falkirk Stadium. They currently lie outside of the promotion play-offs with only goal difference separating them and fourth place Queen of the South.

League Form:

Ayr United – DDLLW

Inverness – WLLWD

Team News:  Jamie Adams, Mark Kerr, Andy Geggan and Alan Forrest are out with injuries.

Ian says: “We are delighted the game is going ahead as we know what is at stake. A win puts us top of the league and that is all the incentive we need.”

Head to Head (League):

Ayr United wins – 5

Draws – 10

Inverness wins – 11

Inverness are unbeaten in the last 10 league matches between the sides, a run stretching back to April 2003.

Last Match: Both matches between the sides this season have been at the Caledonian Stadium and have been close encounters. It was goalless in August, despite United playing for over an hour with 10 men following Daniel Harvie’s red card – Liam Polworth missing a penalty for the home side – while just 17 days ago, Jordan White netted the only goal of the game in a narrow win for Caley. 

On this day: in 2011, Ayr defeated Stenhousemuir 4-3 in a dramatic game at Somerset Park. The sides went into the break level, Mark Robers and Ross Clark trading penalties in the 3rd and 33rd minutes respectively, but the Warriors held a man advantage with Alan Trouten was shown a straight red card before half-time. The 10 men of Ayr, however, raced to a 4-1 lead in the second-half with goals from Ross Robertson, Jim Lauchlan and Roberts again and held off a late come back from Stenny who made it 4-3 with three minutes to go. United ended the game with nine men after Jonathan Tiffoney was also shown the red card in stoppage time.  

Match Officials:

Referee – Nick Walsh

Assistant Referee 1 – Paul O’Neill

Assistant Referee 2 – David Dunne

Admission:

Adults – £17

Concession (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11

Under 18s – £6 00