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Saturday, 27th Oct 2018

Ladbrokes Championship: (home) Saturday 27th October 2018, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park.

Dunfermline Athletic will be at home for the third consecutive Saturday and will be looking to repeat the kind of form that saw them win the opening league match of the season at Tannadice on 4th August.

The fans loved it, not just because of the quality of football their team produced, but also because at long last it got rid of the claim that Dunfermline were simply unable to defeat Dundee United which results up top that point had certainly shown.

Milestones Dundee United (Home)
Last League Victory | 21/04/07 | 1-0 | SPL
Last League Defeat | 10/09/16 | 1-3 | Championship
Best League Victory | 11/08/45 | 7-0 | Div B*
Worst League Defeat | 29/10/11 | 1-4 | SPL
Last Goalless Draw | 01/05/18 | 0-0 | Premiership Play off
First League Meeting | 08/10/21 | 4-1 | Div 2 (old)
*Pre league reconstruction

Dunfermline have not defeated Dundee United at East End Park since 2007 but that was the last in a run of seventeen home games against the Tannadice club without defeat. Many will recall the three missed penalties in the first half of the home game in September 2016 that ended up 3-1 to Ray McKinnon`s United.

The last dozen league games between the two sides have seen United win eight with four games ending up all square.

Last Twelve Matches v Dundee United

Date | H/A | F-A | WDL | Competition
04/05/18 | A | 1-2 | L | Premiership Play off
01/05/18 | H | 0-0 | D | Premiership Play off
24/03/18 | A | 1-1 | D | Championship
13/01/18 | H | 0-0 | D | Championship
02/12/17 | A | 1-2 | L | Championship
30/09/17 | H | 1-3 | L | Championship
11/04/17 | A | 0-1 | L | Championship
28/01/17 | H | 1-1 | D | Championship
12/11/16 | H | 0-1 | L | Irn Bru Cup
08/11/16 | A | 0-1 | L | Championship
10/09/16 | A | 0-2 | L | Championship
31/08/16 | A | 0-3 | L | League Cup

Last time at East End Park
Premiership Play Off
Dunfermline 0 Dundee United 0


Dunfermline as a result of finishing in fourth place played host for the first play off match against third placed Dundee United.

The Fifers were to be denied a first half goal by the crossbar after a surging run by Lee Ashcroft set up Kallum Higginbotham. He laced the ball left for Aird and when McManus connected he was desperately unlucky. It was a first half with 56% home possession but neither side managed a shot on target.

The match was to change in 55 minutes when Ashcroft was shown red for a last man challenge on Scott McDonald. There were protestations during which Higginbotham was shown yellow but nothing would sway referee Bobby Madden’s decision.

After that it was a case of seeing out the remainder of the match in the hope that when the second leg resumed things would be all square and with eleven men things would be back on a level keel.

Dunfermline appealed against the red card shown to Lee Ashcroft and so he played in the second leg.

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson (Nat Wedderburn 88), Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin: Kallum Higginbotham (Jason Talbot 64), James Vincent, James Craigen, Fraser Aird: Andy Ryan (Declan McManus 25), Nicky Clark.
SUBS NOT USED: Joe Cardle, Dan Armstrong, Connor Duthie, Cammy Gill (GK)

DUNDEE UNITED: Deniz Dogan Mehmet: Anthony Ralston, Bilel Mohsni, Stewart Murdoch, Willo Flood (c), Scott Fraser, Billy King, Grant Gillespie (Sam Stanton 68), Thomas Mikkelsen (Emil Lyng 75), Scott McDonald.
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Slater, Paul McMullan, Tam Scobbie, William Edjenguele, Harry Lewis GK).

Form Last Six Matches

DUNFERMLINE
Queen of the South (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (H) D 2-2
Falkirk (A) W 2-0
Partick Thistle (H) W 1-0
Morton (A) D 1-1
Alloa Athletic (H) D 0-0

DUNDEE UNITED
Inverness Caley (H) D 1-1
Partick Thistle (A) W 2-1
Ayr United (A) L 0-2
Ross County (H) L 1-5
Falkirk (A) W 2-0
Morton (H) D 1-1

League Form

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 7th
League Points: 11
League Record: P9 W3 D2 L4 GF7 GA14
Goal Difference: -5
Last Six League Match Form: LDDWWL

DUNDEE UNITED
League Position: 4th
League Points: 15
League Record: P10 W4 D3 L3 GF15 GA16
Goal Difference: -1
Last Six League Match Form: DWLLWD

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE
(v Queen of the South): Lee Robinson: James Craigen, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Louis Longridge, James Vincent, Malaury Martin (Joe Thomson 85), Aidan Connolly: Andy Ryan (Aidan Keena 79), Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Myles Hippolyte 71).
SUBS NOT USED: Tom Beadling, Ryan Williamson, Robbie Muirhead, Cammy Gill (GK)

DUNDEE UNITED (v Inverness Caley Thistle): Benjamin Siegrist: Callum Booth, Frederic Frans, Rachid Bouhenna, Stewart Murdoch, Paul McMullan, Fraser Fyvie, Billy King (Nicky Clark 75), Sam Stanton, Fraser Aird (Yannick Loemba 90), Pavol Safranko.
SUBS NOT USED: Jamie Robson, Adam Barton, Christoph Rabitsch, Matty Smith, Matej Rakovan (GK).

Referee will be Steven Kirkland.

Other Championship Fixtures
Alloa Athletic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Indodrill Stadium
Partick Thistle v Ayr United, Energy Check Stadium at Firhill
Queen of the South v Falkirk at Palmerston Park
Ross County v Morton at the Global Energy Stadium



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