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Queen of the South vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 31st December 2016 – Kick-off 2pm

On Saturday, Ayr United conclude 2016 with a trip to Dumfries to face Queen of the South. The match pitches ninth place Ayr against sixth place Queens, who hold a two point advantage in a congested bottom-half of the Championship table. Ian McCall’s men could end the year in sixth place if results go the right way.

Ayr returned to goalscoring form last weekend netting four times against Dumbarton – but lost the lead on three occasions and conceded four goals meaning they were unable to record a first win in eight Championship games, stretching back to a 1-0 win over Queen of the South in October.

The Doonhamers find themselves in a poor run of form, with just four points from the last 12 games. Their last victory came at home to Raith Rovers in mid-September, at which point the side were top-of-the-table with five wins and a draw from their opening six fixtures. Gary Naysmith took over the managerial reigns at the start of the month, overseeing draws 2-2 against Falkirk and Dunfermline before a 1-0 reverse away to Morton last weekend.

Team News: Jamie Adams, Craig Moore and Nicky Devlin are out. Everyone else is fit and available.

Ian McCall says:”We have now gone quite a few games without a win however I don’t think any of our fans who have been at the games over the last couple of months would say that we aren’t in good form. We do need to get wins on the board and see out games better. We played well in beating Queens at home and much earlier in the season we lost 4-1 there although it wasn’t a 4-1 game. I still feel that we are good enough to push up the league and string some positive results together. Hopefully we take a big noisy support and give them something to celebrate about at night.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 37
Draws – 14
Queen of the South wins – 35
United are without a win in their last 11 visits to Palmerston Park, losing the last seven.
Last meeting:
On this day: Our most recent Hogmanay fixture was in 1994, a 2-1 defeat away to Hamilton Accies. United saw out 1927 in style, however, with a 6-1 win at home to Arthurlie.
Match Officials:
Referee – Steven Kirkland
Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome
Assistant Referee 2 – Mark McHendry

Admission:
Adults – £16
Concessions – £9
Under 16 – £5