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Saturday, 26th Mar 2022

cinch Championship: (away) Saturday 26th March 2022 v Inverness Caledonian Thistle, 3.00pm kick off at the Caledonian Stadium

Dunfermline take the road north on Saturday hoping to repeat their win their back in November on the day after John Hughes was announced as manager.

Fresh from their victory over Raith Rovers, Caley Thistle will be out to make it a Fife double but the Pars, now up to ninth, are battling for points and will not be easy opponents.

The sides have met 48 times before, Dunfermline winning 11, Inverness 18 with 19 matches having been drawn. In Inverness the record is won 4, lost 9 and drawn 8.

Milestones Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Away)
Last Victory: 13/11/21: 2-1 Championship

Last League Victory: 17/03/07: 3-1 SPL 

Last League Defeat: 04/05/19: 0-1 Championship

Best League Victory: 22/04/00 2-1 Sc Div 1

Worst League Defeats: 15/08/04 & 29/01/05 0-2 SPL

Last Goalless Draw: 03/05/12: 0-0 Premier League

First visit: 23/10/99: 1-1 Sc Div 1

Last Time at Inverness Caledonian Stadium,
cinch Championship


Inverness CT 1-2 Dunfermline
Sat, 13th Nov 2021

Inverness had looked the most likely to open the scoring and they duly took the lead in 22 minutes after a Gardyne run created the chance to shoot and from 25 yards out his effort rebounded back off the crossbar only for McKAY to follow up and net. 1-0

Five minutes into the second half Macdonald picked out O’Hara on the right wing, his powerful run put the Pars striker in position to drill the ball across the face of goal where former Pars defender Danny Devine turned the ball into his own net denying McCann the pleasure. 1-1

THOMAS terrorised the right side of the Caley defence and got his reward with a wonderful 64th minute shot from 15 yards out that he floated in at the far post for the visitors to take the lead. 1-2

Dunfermline achieved what was their first league victory in Inverness since 2007, to earn their first three points of the Championship season.

INVERNESS CT: Mark Ridgers: David Carson (Anthony McDonald 80), Kirk Broadfoot (c), Danny Devine, Robbie Deas, Michael Gardyne, Reece McAlear (Lewis Jamieson 67), Scott Allardice, Aaron Doran, Tom Walsh (Roddy MacGregor 67), Billy McKay
SUBS NOT USED: Cameron Harper, Cameron Mackay (GK).

DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams: Aaron Comrie, Mark Connolly, Rhys Breen (Ross Graham 74), Josh Edwards: Kyle Macdonald, Matthew Todd (Dan Pybus 62), Graham Dorrans (c), Dom Thomas: Lewis McCann (Ryan Dow 84), Kevin O’Hara.
SUBS NOT USED: Craig Wighton, Nikolay Todorov, Paul Allan, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

The last dozen league matches between the teams have seen three Dunfermline wins, four draws and five Caley Thistle wins.



Last 12 League matches v Inverness Caley Thistle


22/01/22: (H) D 1-1 [0-1] Sutherland, [1-1] Lawless (pen.)

13/11/21: (A) W 2-1 [0-1] McKay, [1-1] Devine o.g, [2-1] Thomas
18/09/21: (H) D 0-0

20/03/21: (H) L 0-1 [0-1] Carson


29/12/20: (A) D 1-1 [1-0] Turner, [1-1] Todorov

17/10/20: (H) W 3-1 [0-1] Todorov, [1-1] E Murray, [2-1] Dow, [3-1] McManus


25/02/20: (H) L 1-2 [0-1] Doran, [1-1] Thomas, [1-2] Walsh


21/12/19: (A) L 0-2 [0-1] Rooney, [0-2] McCart


14/09/19: (H) L 0-1 [0-1] Welsh

04/05/19: (A) L 0-1 [0-1] Austin


16/02/19: (H) W 1-0 [1-0] Thomson 


30/10/18: (A) D 2-2 [1-0] Keena, [1-1] Calder, [2-1] Keena, [2-2] White



Recent Form

Both teams go into this match on the back of confidence boosting wins. Inverness came from behind to grab all three points in Kirkcaldy last Saturday courtesy of a late Logan Chalmers double.

Caley Thisle’s impressive 3-0 over Arbroath the previous week ended a run of eleven matches without a win.

Dunfermline have lost only two of their last ten matches and their 4-1 win over Partick will send them to the Highlands with a bounce in their step.

Last six matches



DUNFERMLINE

Partick Thistle (H) W 4-1
Morton (H) D 1-1

Hamilton Academical (A) D 2-2

Arbroath (A) L 0-1

Kilmarnock (H) D 0-0

Kilmarnock (A) L 1-2



INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE

Raith Rovers (A) W 3-2

Arbroath (H) W 3-0
Partick Thistle (A) L 0-1
Hamilton Academical (A) D 1-1

AyrUnited (H) L 1-2

Partick Thistle (H) D 3-3



League Record



DUNFERMLINE

League Position: 9th

League Points: 29

Goal Difference: -14

Away League Record: P15 W2 D6 L7 GF14 GA24

Last Six Match Form: LDLDDW



INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE

League Position: 3rd

League Points: 46

Goal Difference: +12

Home League Record: P15 W7 D3 L5 GF22 GA16

Last Six Match Form: DLDLWW

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Partick Thistle):
Deniz Mehmet: Matthew Todd (Aaron Comrie 89), Coll Donaldson (Rhys Breen 89), Efe Ambrose, Josh Edwards: Liam Polworth (Paul Allan 85), Dan Pybus, Joe Chalmers, Dom Thomas (Ryan Dow 85): Steven Lawless (c), Kevin O’Hara (Nikolay Todorov 85)
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Leon Jones, Reece Cole, Neil Alexander (GK)

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (v Raith Rovers): Cameron Mackay: David Carson, Kirk Broadfoot, Danny Devine (Cameron Harper 66), Robbie Deas: Aaron Doran (Logan Chalmers 66), Reece McAlear, Sean Welsh (c), Shane Sutherland (Tom Walsh 77), Billy McKay, Joe Hardy (Austin Samuels 54).
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Hyde, Sam Pearson, Mark Ridgers (GK)

Other Championship Fixtures

Arbroath v Raith Rovers
Hamilton v Queen of the South
Kilmarnock v Partick Thistle
Morton v Ayr United



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