Match Preview v Airdrie

On Saturday, top plays bottom when tenth placed Airdrieonians are the vistors to Somerset Park. Ayr United regained leadership of League 1 last weekend with four second-half goals at Brechin City and will be looking to maintain their one point advantage at the summit.

The Diamonds are yet to taste victory this season, picking up just two points from six games and have lost all three league matches away from home. A last minute equaliser by Stranraer’s Adam Forde saw Airdrie drop two points last weekend, with the match at the Excelsior Stadium ending 3-3.

Read on for our match preview:

Marko says: “We are closing in on the first quarter of the season and now we are back at the top of the league we want to stay there. We told the players at half time at Brechin that if they won they would most likely be back on top and you could see how much they wanted it. The players showed great character to come from behind and win at a place like Brechin and it just shows the type of player we have this year. We have learned from the Stranraer game a couple of weeks ago when everyone thought we would win as it showed us we need to be at the top of our game to win any match in this league.”

Team news: Kevin McKinlay should be fit for Saturday as it was only a dead leg that forced him off at Brechin, Alan Forrest will be touch and go until kick off and everyone else is fit.

Head-to-Head (league):
Ayr United wins – 6
Draws – 6
Airdrieonians wins – 4

Ayr have an identical record against Airdrie United/Airdrieonians at both Somerset Park and the Excelsior Stadium: W3, D3, L2.

Last Meeting: The home side has won this fixture 3-0 the last two times it has been played. In March, United finished with 9 men at the Excelsior Stadium when they lost to Airdrie but were the winners on the Diamonds’ last visit to Somerset Park, in January. Kevin Kyle, Michael Moffat and Alan Forrest netted in the second-half to earn the Honest Men the win.

Stats:
– The last 10 meetings between Ayr United and Airdrieonians have seen 12 red cards.
– Gary Bollan’s side lost just one of their last 16 league games last season, at Ibrox, having also lost eight games in-a-row between October and December.
– Former Ayr United striker Bryan Prunty has returned to Airdrie, netting the first goal of his second spell at the club on Saturday. ‘Prunts’ scored 17 goals in 52 appearances while at Somerset Park between June 2008 and November 2009.

On this day: Saturday will be the 20th fixture Ayr United have played on 27th September. You have to go back to 1947 for the last draw as United have won 7 and lost 7 of the last 14 matches on this date, including at Broomfield in 1997 when a Kenny Black penalty saw the ‘original’ Airdrieonians win 1-0 in a game that saw Ian Ferguson sent off.

Match Officials:
Referee: Mat Northcroft
Assistant Referee 1: Mark McLean
Assistant Referee 2: Craig Walker

Match Info:
Adults £15
Concessions (OAPs, students and Under16s) £8
Parent and Child Gate £18