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Preview Airdrieonians

Saturday, 18th Feb 2023

cinch League One: Saturday 18th February 2023 kick off 3.00pm at The KDM Group East End Park

After last weekend’s thrilling match between these teams at the Excelsior Stadium there should be quite an appetite for the return this Saturday at The KDM Group East End Park.

The most recent meeting was won by Dunfermline but last time at home the Pars were restricted to a single point. Indeed a look at the record confirms how close the results tend to be in this fixture. There have been 115 league games with Airdrie in all their guises with the Lanarkshire club having 41 wins and the Fifers 41. 

Milestones v Airdrieonians at home

Last Victory | 23/08/14 | 3-0 | League One
Last Defeat | 29/01/16 | 0-1 | League One
Best Victory | 11/11/61 | 6-2 | Division One (old)
Worst Defeats | 14/09/46 | 0-5 | Division Two (old)
02/09/78 | 0-5 | League Cup
Last Goalless Draw | 23/08/08 | Division One
First Meeting | 27/11/26 | 0-2 | Division Two


Pars v Airdrie: The Full League Record

P

W

D

L

F

A

At East End

59

24

20

15

96

88

At Airdrie

58

17

13

27

89

121

League One

14

5

3

6

21

21

Division One (up to 1975)

42

19

6

17

83

90

Division Two (up to 1975)

12

1

3

8

24

42

Premier League (since 1975)

4

0

1

3

4

8

First Division (since 1975)

43

16

20

7

53

48

TOTALS

115

41

33

41

185

209

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Last Time at The KDM Group East End Park
League One, Saturday 27th August 2022


Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians
Sat, 27th Aug 2022

Dunfermline took the lead midway through the second half when Edwards launched another throw in from the right. Todorov rose for it with former Pars captain Callum FORDYCE at the near post and the goal came off the Airdrieonians centre back. Ironically Dycey first goal for Dunfermline, 1-0.

The noise level increased significantly as East End Park celebrated and just four minutes later it came close for them to celebrating two but Todd smashed the ball narrowly wide left. Fordyce then almost made amends with a shot that went over off the crossbar.

It was Airdrieonians who scored the only other goal with FRIZZELL taking advantage of an unfortunate attempt to clear and whacking a low shot into the bottom right of the Pars goal.

The 78th minute goal was the first this season to be scored against the Pars in League One. 1-1. The one point meant Airdrieonians returned to North Lanarkshire top of the league on goal difference.

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen, Josh Edwards: Chris Hamilton (Joe Chalmers 62): Kyle Macdonald, Matthew Todd, Chris Mochrie: Kevin O’Hara (Lewis McCann 50), Nikolay Todorov
SUBS NOT USED: Sam Fisher, Andrew Tod, Taylor Sutherland, Max Little (GK)

AIRDRIEONIANS: Murray Johnson: Cammy Ballantyne, Rhys McCabe, Euan Deveney (Ben Wylie 73), Callum Fordyce, Adam Frizzell, Callum Smith, Lewis Jamieson (Calum Gallagher 43), Craig Watson, Justin Devenny, Gabby McGill (Salim Kouider-Aïssa 85).
SUBS NOT USED: Cole Gibson, Trialist, Dean McMaster, Alex Henderson.

Last twelve meetings

Prior to this season the most recent meetings were in the 2015-2016 season. Airdrieonians have won six, Dunfermline three and three have been drawn.

2022/2023
League One Airdrieonians 3-4 Dunfermline 11/02/23
League One Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians 27/08/22
2015/2016
First Division Airdrieonians 3-0 Dunfermline 23/04/16
First Division Dunfermline 0-1 Airdrieonians 29/01/16
First Division Airdrieonians 0-2 Dunfermline 14/11/15
First Division Dunfermline 1-1 Airdrieonians 26/09/15

2014/2015
First Division Airdrieonians 3-2 Dunfermline 02/05/15
First Division Dunfermline 2-2 Airdrieonians 17/01/15
First Division Airdrieonians 3-1 Dunfermline 13/12/14
First Division Dunfermline 3-0 Airdrieonians 23/08/14

2013/2014
First Division Airdrie United 2-0 Dunfermline 05/04/14
First Division Dunfermline 0-1 Airdrie United 18/01/14

Recent Form

Airdrieonians have won three of their last six games and lost two. Their reversal against Dunfermline was only their second league defeat since 29th October. They are undefeated in their last five away league games.

Dunfermline are undefeated in their last eleven league matches and are unbeaten at home in all competitions this season.

Last six matches

DUNFERMLINE
Airdrieonians (A) W 4-3
Montrose (H) W 2-0
Clyde (A) D 1-1
Dundee (A) L 2-4
Partick Thistle (A) D 1-1
Peterhead (H) W 4-0

AIRDRIEONIANS
Dunfermline (H) L 3-4
Clyde (H) W 1-0
Alloa Athletic (H) W 4-0
Kelty Hearts (A) D 1-1
Peterhead (A) W 3-0
FC Edinburgh (H) L 3-5

League Record

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 1st
League Points: 52
Goal Difference: +24
Home League Record: P11 W6 D5 L0 GF18 GA8
Last Six Match Form: WDLDWW

AIRDRIEONIANS
League Position: 3rd
League Points: 39
Goal Difference: +13
Away League Record: P12 W4 D4 L4 GF17 GA16
Last Six Match Form: LWDWWL

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Airdrieonians):
Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Kyle Benedictus (c), Rhys Breen (Kevin O’Hara 64): Kyle Macdonald (Chris Mochrie HT), Chris Hamilton (Ewan Otoo 32), Joe Chalmers (Robbie Mahon 32), Josh Edwards: Matthew Todd: Craig Wighton, Lewis McCann (Nikolay Todorov 79).
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Kane Ritchie-Hosler, Andrew Tod, Max Little (GK).

AIRDRIEONIANS (v Dunfermline): Josh Rae: Cammy Ballantyne, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Callum Fordyce (c), Euan Deveney, Rhys McCabe, Adam Frizzell (Justin Devenny, 67), Charlie Telfer (Ben Stanway 77), Callum Smith, Gabby McGill (Lewis McGregor 77), Calum Gallagher (Lachie Byrd 79).
SUBS NOT USED: Salim Kouider-Aïssa, Dean McMaster, Craig Watson, Bright Prince, David Hutton (GK).

Airdrieonians will be without Callum Smith after he saw red in last Saturday’s match.

Referee will be Ross Hardie, his second visit to Dunfermline this season having previously officiated the match against Montrose in August.

Other League One Fixtures

Clyde v Peterhead
Falkirk v Alloa Athletic
Kelty Hearts v Queen of the South
Montrose v FC Edinburgh



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