Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Raith Rovers

Wednesday, 6th Apr 2022

cinch Championship: (home) v Raith Rovers, Wednesday 6th April 2022 kick off 7.45pm at East End Park

Raith Rovers play in the final of the SPFL Trust Trophy this Sunday so the fourth Fife derby of the season takes place on Wednesday. The previous three have all ended up all square but this time both teams will be out to win. Three points are needed to lift the Pars away from tenth placed Queen of the South but the Rovers will want the three points to keep their play off hopes alive.

Once again this is a very big match for both clubs.

In total the clubs have met 124 times, Dunfermline winning 50 and Raith 43. At home Dunfermline have won 28 of their 62 matches against Raith, the visitors winning 22 and twelve drawn. It is ten league visits back, in August 2009, since the Rovers left with the three points.

Milestones v Raith Rovers (home)

Last Home Victory | 03/02/21 | 3-1 | Championship
Last Home Defeat | 20/08/13 | 0-2 | Ramsden Cup
Best Home Victory | 08/09/62 | 6-0 | Division One (old)
Best Home Victory | 01/01/68 | 6-0 | Division One (old)
Worst Home Defeat | 19/11/27 | 0-4 | Division One (old)
Last Goalless Home Draw | 04/05/21 | 0-0 | Premiership Play Off
First Ever Home Meeting | 10/02/23 | 0-3 | Scottish Cup

Last time at East End Park
cinch Championship

Dunfermline 1-1 Raith Rovers
Tue, 26th Oct 2021

After a scoreless first half the teams came out into the pouring rain that was swept in a strong towards the East Stand. Within five minutes East End Park erupted to greet a special Dom THOMAS strike. The former Killie man received the ball from Dow who had travelled upfield at pace having latched on to Fôn Williams roll out. Dom then hit a fine effort from 27 yards out that sailed into the top left corner of Jamie Macdonald’s net. 1-0

The Pars looked to have survived a late let off as Dick looked to be set up to score but the ball pinballed in the six yard box to stay out. However the goal that the visitors were pressing for came with two minutes remaining. SPENCER drilled a low ball from the edge of the box into the bottom left of the Pars net 1-1.

DUNFERMLINE: Owain Fôn Williams (c): Aaron Comrie, Mark Connolly, Vytas Gašpuitis, Josh Edwards: Dom Thomas, Dan Pybus (Iain Wilson 59), Paul Allan, Ryan Dow: Kevin O’Hara (Kai Kennedy 79), Craig Wighton (Nikolay Todorov 79)
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Macdonald, Rhys Breen, Lewis McCann, Deniz Mehmet (GK)
SCORERS: Thomas (50)

RAITH ROVERS: Jamie MacDonald: Regan Tumilty, Christophe Berra, Tom Lang, Liam Dick: Brad Spencer, Dylan Tait, Aidan Connolly (Blaine Riley-Snow, 84), Ethan Ross (Kieran Mitchell 76), Dario Zanatta: Matej Poplatnik.
SUBS NOT USED: Frankie Musonda, Aaron Arnott, Greig Young, Robbie Thomson (GK)

Last Twelve Meetings

Honours are even over the last dozen games. Dunfermline have won three of the last twelve meetings, lost three and six have been drawn.

02/01/22 | A | Raith Rovers 0 Dunfermline 0 | D | Championship
26/10/21 | H | Dunfermline 1 Raith Rovers 1 | D | Championship
29/09/21 | A | Raith Rovers 1 Dunfermline 1 | D | Championship
08/05/21 | A | Raith Rovers 2 Dunfermline 0 | L | Premiership Play Off
04/05/21 | H | Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 0 | D | Premiership Play Off
27/03/21 | A | Raith Rovers 5 Dunfermline 1 | | L | Championship
03/02/21 | H | Dunfermline 4 Raith Rovers 1 | W | Championship
05/12/20 | A | Raith Rovers 2 Dunfermline 2 | D | Championship
19/01/19 | A | Raith Rovers 3 Dunfermline 0 | L | Scottish Cup
08/04/17 | H | Dunfermline 1 Raith Rovers 0| W | Championship
02/01/17 | A | Raith Rovers 0 Dunfermline 2 | W | Championship
05/12/16 | H | Dunfermline 0 Raith Rovers 0 | D | Championship

Recent Form

Dunfermline were undefeated in three matches before losing at Inverness last Saturday but they are unbeaten at home in 2022 and will want to pick up from where they left off at East End Park following their impressive 4-1 win over Partick Thistle.

Raith Rovers have won just one of their last 14 league matches. One of their three wins in the last six matches was over Kilmarnock in the semi final of the SPFL Trophy and another v Queen of the South in Sunday’s final. In their last league match they relinquished a 3-1 lead to allow Arbroath to draw level.

Last six matches

Inverness Caley Thistle (A) L 0-2
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

Queen of the South (N) W 3-1
Arbroath (A) D 3-3
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) L 2-3
Queen of the South (A) W 1-0
Ayr United (H) L 0-4
Kilmarnock (A) W 2-1

League Record

League Position: 9th
League Points: 29
Goal Difference: -16
Home League Record: P15 W3 D8 L4 GF17 GA21
Last Six Match Form: DLDDWL

League Position: 5th
League Points: 43
Goal Difference: 0
Away League Record: P15 W5 D6 L4 GF18 GA16
Last Six Match Form: DWLWLD

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Inverness Caley Thistle):
Deniz Mehmet: Matthew Todd (Reece Cole 79), Coll Donaldson, Efe Ambrose (Aaron Comrie 79), Josh Edwards: Liam Polworth (Nikolay Todorov 63), Dan Pybus, Joe Chalmers, Dom Thomas (Ryan Dow 63): Steven Lawless (c) (Bobby Kamwa 59), Kevin O’Hara
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Rhys Breen, Paul Allan, Callum Archibald (GK)

RAITH ROVERS (v Queen of the South): : Jamie Macdonald: Reghan Tumilty, Musonda, Liam Dick (David McKay 83), Sean Mackie: Aidan Connolly, Ross Matthews, Sam Stanton, Ethan Ross (Aaron Arnott 87), Ethon Varian (Dario Zanatta 56), Matej Poplatnik (Dario Zanatta 89).
SUBS NOT USED: Christophe Berra, Lewis Vaughan, Brad Spencer, Greig Young, Robbie Thomson (GK)

Dunfermline Athletic remaining fixtures

Sat 9th April: Kilmarnock (A)
Sat 16th April: Ayr United (H)
Sat 23rd April: Partick Thistle (A)
Fri 29th April: Queen of the South (H)

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