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Preview Partick Thistle

Saturday, 6th Apr 2019

Ladbrokes Championship: (away) v Partick Thistle, Saturday 6th April 2019, kick off 3.00pm at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill G20 7AL

Up next for Dunfermline Athletic is a trip to Maryhill to face Partick Thistle. The Pars have enjoyed two home wins against Thistle who have struggled this season after relegation from the Premier League last season. Crucially however, the Fifers lost 2-0 on their last visit there at the start of December. That defeat in turn led to a series of indifferent results culminating in Allan Johnston’s departure from the club.

Thistle under new manager Gary Caldwell have improved but not enough to get them far enough away from the threat of relegation. With the five clubs at the foot of the table all fighting for their Championship status the Pars can expect their hosts to be fighting hard for all three points.

Milestones Partick (away)
Last League Victory | 25/09/10 | 2-0 | First Div
Last League Defeat | 08/12/18 | 0-2 | Championship
Best League Victory | 20/04/66 | 6-2 | Div One*
Worst League Defeat | 10/11/34 | 1-7 | Div One*
*Pre league reconstruction

In the previous 85 league meetings Dunfermline have won 35, Partick 27 and 23 have been drawn but at Firhill the home side has the upper hand with 18 wins to 14.

Dunfermline v Partick Thistle: The Full League Record
P | W | D | L | For | Agst
44 | 21 | 14 | 9 | 73 | 57 | At East End Park
41 | 14 | 9 | 18 | 50 | 71 | At Firhill
45 | 18 | 14 | 13 | 77 | 72 | Division One (up to 1975)
6 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 8 | 10 | Premier Division (since 1975)
30 | 12 | 7 | 11 | 32 | 40 | First Division (since 1975)
3 | 2 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 0 | Championship
85 | 35 | 23 | 27 | 124 | 127 | TOTALS

Last Twelve League Matches v Partick Thistle
The last dozen league games between the teams have seen Dunfermline win three, draw three and lose six.

Date | H/A | F-A | Scorers
28/02/19 H 3-0 [1-0] Anderson, [2-0] Devine, [3-0] Anderson
08/12/18 A 0-2 [0-1] Spittal, [0-2] Storey.
28/09/18 H 1-0 [1-0] Connolly
27/04/13 A 3-3 [0-1] McMillan, [1-1] Wallace, [2-1] Thomson, [3-1] Thomson, [2-3] Erskine, [3-3] Lawless.
02/03/13 H 0-4 [0-1] Craig, [0-2] Forbes, [0-3] Craig, [0-4] Craig.
10/11/12 A 1-5 [0-1] Lawless, [1-1] Muirhead og, [1-2] Balatoni, [1-3] O`Donnell, [1-4] Forbes, [1-5] Lawless.
18/08/12 H 0-1 [0-1] Lawless
26/03/11 H 0-0
29/01/11 A 0-2 [0-1] [0-2]
14/12/10 H 0-0
25/09/10 A 2-0 [1-0] Clarke, [2-0} Kirk.
23/03/10 H 1-2 [0-1] Buchanan, [1-1] McDougall, [1-2] Donnelly

Last meeting at Firhill
Partick Thistle 2 Dunfermline 0
8 December 2018, Championship


For all the Fifers good start it was Partick who were to open the scoring in 12th minute of this game. A cross from the left was headed away by Lee Ashcroft but Blair SPITTAL was perfectly placed 20 yards out to sink the ball into the bottom left. 1-0

Thistle were to score a second in the eleventh minute of the second half. Christie Elliott switched play from right to left to set up James Penrice for a driving run into the Pars box. The full back’s low ball from the left into the six yard box was flicked back towards goal by STOREY and despite a valiant effort by Lee Robinson to try and stop the ball crossing his line, referee Kevin Clancy deemed it a goal. The keeper would subsequently argue profusely that the ball never crossed his goal line, his case being strengthened by subsequent video images. 2-0 and a first win for Gary Caldwell as Thistle manager.

PARTICK THISTLE: Jamie Sneddon: Daniel Jefferies, Sean McGinty, Tam Scobbie, James Penrice: Christie Elliott, Blair Spittal, Stuart Bannigan (c), Miles Storey (Jai Quitongo 88): Andrea Mbuyi-Mutumbo (Andrew McCarthy 45): Kris Doolan (Chris Erskine 80).
SUBS NOT USED: Niall Keown, Brice Ntambwe, Jack Storer, Jamie Stevenson (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: James Vincent (Tom Beadling 59): James Craigen (Myles Hippolyte 59), Joe Thomson, Robbie Muirhead (Lewis McCann 86): Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Aidan Keena.
SUBS NOT USED: Malaury Martin, Lewis Martin, Mark Durnan, Cammy Gill (GK)

Form Last Six Matches

DUNFERMLINE
Ayr United (H) L 0-1
Dundee United (H) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) W 1-0
Queen of the South (H) W 1-0
Partick Thistle (H) W 3-0
Ayr United (A) W 1-0

PARTICK THISTLE
Morton (A) L 0-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 1-2
Falkirk (A) D 1-1
Dundee United (H) W 2-1
Dunfermline (A) L 0-3
Ross County (H) L 2-4

Recent Form

Partick Thistle won five matches in a row in January and into February but last Saturday’s impressive win at Cappielow was just their second win in the last eight matches. They led Ross County 2-0 at half time in their home match against Ross County only to capitulate in the second. They defeated Dundee United in their next home game and lost to a late goal in the Friday night home match against Inverness Caley.

Dunfermline’s away league form is fairly good with just four defeats in fourteen games this season. Those league defeats on the road have been at Ayr, Dingwall, Dundee United and Partick.

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 5th
League Points: 40
Away League Record: P14 W6 D4 L4 GF17 GA16
Goal Difference: -2
Last Six League Match Form: WWWWLL

PARTICK THISTLE
League Position: 8th
League Points: 32
League Record: P15 W6 D2 L7 GF20 GA22
Goal Difference: -13
Last Six League Match Form: LLWDLW

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Ayr United):
Ryan Scully: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, Jackson Longridge: Tom Beadling, James Vincent (Matthew Todd 74): Joe Thomson (James Craigen 45+2), Louis Longridge, Kallum Higginbotham (Faissal El Bakhtaoui 61): Bruce Anderson.
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Durnan, Ryan Blair, Lewis McCann, Cammy Gill (GK)

PARTICK THISTLE (v Morton): Conor Hazard: Steven Anderson, Jack McMillan, Steven Saunders, James Penrice, Christie Elliott, Blair Spittal (Aidan Fitzpatrick 88), Stuart Bannigan (Craig Slater 83), Shea Gordon, Kris Doolan (Lewis Mansell 89), Scott McDonald
SUBS NOT USED: Sean McGinty, Joe Cardle, Miles Storey, Jamie Sneddon (GK).

Other Ladbrokes Championship Fixtures
Ross County v Dundee United - Friday 5th April
Ayr United v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Falkirk v Alloa Athletic
Queen of the South v Morton

Match Information

Dunfermline fans will be accommodated in the Colin Weir Stand and prices are as follows:-
Adults £20
Concessions (over 65s, students, disabled and carer) £15
Under 16s £5

Parking: There is free on-street parking on Garscube Road and adjacent streets on route to the stadium.



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