Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Airdrieonians

Saturday, 23rd Apr 2016

The final away fixture of the season takes Dunfermline Athletic to the Excelsior Stadium to face Airdrieonians.

The Lanarkshire team sit sixth in League One needing two wins and a disastrous Stranraer slump to make the final play off place. Five points behind Stranraer, Airdrieonians need maximum points from this and their final match at Ayr to have any chance.

Airdrieonians have become a bit of a bogey team for the Fifers who have won only four in the last fourteen meetings. In the last four seasons, Airdrieonians have not lost to Dunfermline in the eight games played after Christmas.

Stats

Airdrieonians Dunfermline
Current League Position
6 1
League Points
43 76
Goal Difference
-8 +55
Last 6-League Match Form
LLDLDW WWWWDL
Home / Away League Record
P17, W4, D5, L8 P17, W12, D3, L2

This Season

At the end of September Airdrieonians became only the second team to take points away from East End Park. Marc McAusland made his Dunfermline debut but the visitors took the lead after David Cox picked out George Hunter who slotted home in 18th minute. Michael Moffat equalised with just over 15 minutes remaining and although chances fell for Mickaël Antoine-Curier and Moffat the Pars had to settle for a point. 

In mid November the Pars won 2-0 at the Excelsior Stadium with goals from Michael Moffat and Shaun Byrne. Then on a Friday night at the end of January live on television the Pars suffered just their second home defeat of the season due to a Jamie Bain goal on the half hour.

Recent Form

It is seven home games back since Airdrieonians last won at home - a 2-0 win over Cowdenbeath. In fact the Diamonds have only twice at home since the first Saturday in September.  Dunfermline's defeat at Stranraer last Saturday was just their second away league defeat of the season.

  Last Six League Form
   Airdrieonians  Home      Dunfermline Away 
  Stenhousemuir D 1-1   Stranraer L 1-4
  Albion Rovers D 1-1   Albion Rovers W 1-0
  Brechin City L 0-2   Cowdenbeath W 1-0
  Forfar Athletic D 1-1   Ayr United  W

 2-0

  Ayr United L 0-2   Brechin City W 2-1
  Stranraer D 1-1   Stenhousemuir  W

 3-0

In league meetings Dunfermline lead 40 to 39 on wins; 31 matches have been drawn.

Pars v Airdrie: The Full League Record

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

At East End Park

57

24

19

14

94

85

At Airdrie

53

16

12

25

82

112

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)

41

16

19

6

49

43

League One (since 2013) 11 4 2 5 16 14

TOTALS

110

40

31

39

176

197

Since Airdrie United / Airdrieonians came into being Dunfermline have won eleven, lost eight and drawn seven.

Last 12 Matches v Airdrie United / Airdrieonians

Date

H/A

F-A

Competition
29/01/16 H 0-1 League One
14/11/15 A 2-0 League One
26/09/15 H 1-1 League One
02/05/15 A 2-3 League One
17/01/15

H

2-2 League One
13/12/14 A 1-3 League One
23/08/14 H 3-0 League One
05/04/14 A 0-2 League One
18/01/14 H 0-1 League One
16/11/13 A 3-0 League One
21/09/13 H 2-1 League One
04/05/13 H 1-2 Division One
09/09/13 A 3-3 Division One
12/01/13 H 1-3 Division One

Teams last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Stranraer):
 David Hutton; Ryan Williamson, Brad McKay, Lewis Martin (Craig Reid 69), Jason Talbot; Ryan Wallace, Josh Falkingham, Scott Robinson, Conner Duthie (Shaun Byrne 61), David Hopkirk, Michael Moffat
SUBS NOT USED: Joe Cardle, Ben Richards-Everton, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Sean Murdoch (GK).

AIRDRIEONIANS (v Forfar Athletic): Neil Parry; Jamie Bain, Sean Crighton, Alan Lithgow, Kieran MacDonald; Marc Fitzpatrick, Scott Stewart, Hugo Faria, Nicky Cadden, Jim Lister (Adam Brown 81), Dylan Mackin.
SUBS NOT USED: David Cox, Chris O'Neil, Sean McIntosh, Jacob Esposito, Bryan Prunty, Rohan Ferguson (GK).

Referee for the match will be John McKendrick.

C'mon Ye Pars!



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