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Saturday, 26th Aug 2023

cinch Championship (home) v Raith Rovers, Saturday 26th August 2023, 3.00pm kick off at KDM Group East End Park

Match three of the cinch Championship season brings Raith Rovers to KDM Group East End Park. No one expects any easy games in this league and after a challenging opening day match against Airdrieonians, followed by a trip to Tannadice Park, Dunfermline now find themselves pitched into a Fife derby.

Josh Edwards, Joe Chalmers and Matty Todd are the sole survivors from the side that won 2-0 the last time the Rovers were visitors and of course Kyle Benedictus has switched to the Pars since that match in April 2022.

Milestones v Raith Rovers (home)

Last Home Victory | 06/04/22 | 2-0 | 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 KDM Group East End Park
Saturday 6th April 2022, Championship
Dunfermline 2 Raith Rovers 0

Fifth placed Raith Rovers were the visitors for the fourth and final derby of the season. The ninth placed hosts were seeking to build on the success of a 4-1 win over Partick Thistle in the previous home match.

The breakthrough came in 34 minutes after Liam Polworth won possession off Spencer just outside the Raith penalty box allowing Kevin O’HARA to latch on to the ball advance towards goal and smash it right footed past Macdonald. 1-0

The three points were tied up eleven minutes from full time when an in-swinging Thomas corner from the right was cleverly forced over the line by O’HARA and he beat MacDonald at the near post. 2-0

DUNFERMLINE: Jakub Stolarczyk: Matthew Todd, Coll Donaldson, Efe Ambrose, Josh Edwards: Liam Polworth, Dan Pybus, Joe Chalmers, Dom Thomas: Steven Lawless (c), Kevin O’Hara (Bobby Kamwa 83)
SUBS NOT USED: Aaron Comrie, Lewis Martin, Nikolay Todorov, Ryan Dow, Lewis McCann, Leon Jones, Reece Cole, Deniz Mehmet (GK)

RAITH ROVERS: Jamie Macdonald: Reghan Tumilty, David McKay, Kyle Benedictus (c), Frankie Musonda: Aidan Connolly, Ross Matthews, Sam Stanton, Brad Spencer, Dario Zanatta (Ethan Ross HT), Matej Poplatnik.
SUBS NOT USED: Liam Dick, Ethon Varian, 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.

15/07/23 | A | Raith Rovers 1 Dunfermline 1 | D | Viaplay Cup
06/04/22 | H | Dunfermline 2 Raith Rovers 0 | W | Championship
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

Recent Form

Raith Rovers failed to find a win in the last seven matches of last season’s Championship but they were undefeated this season until they lost to Hibernian on Sunday and they did lose out on penalties after drawing the opening game of the season at home to Dunfermline.

Dunfermline are undefeated in their last 26 league matches and undefeated at home since season 2021-2022. They won their first home league game of the season and now want to continue the form that earned them a point at Tannadice Park.

League Record

Championship Position: 4th

League Points: 4

Goal Difference: +1

League Record: P2 W1 D1 L0 GF3 GA2

Last Six Competitive Match Form: WDLWWD

Championship Position: 3rd

League Points: 4

Goal Difference: +1

League Record: P2 W1 D1 L0 GF5 GA4

Last Six Competitive Match Form: WDWDWL

Last Six Results


Dundee United (A) D 1-1
Airdrieonians (H) W 2-1
Albion Rovers (A) W 3-0
Kilmarnock (H) L 0-2
Annan Athletic (H) W 4-0
Raith Rovers (A) D 1p-1

Hibernian (A) L 1-2
Morton (H) W 3-2
Partick Thistle (A) D 2-2
Annan Athletic (A) W 3-2
Kilmarnock (A) D 2p–2
Albion Rovers (H) W 2-0

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Dundee United):
Harrison Sharp: Sam Fisher, Kyle Benedictus, Ewan Otoo: Chris Hamilton: Aaron Comrie, Paul Allan (Andrew Tod 57), Joe Chalmers, Josh Edwards: Craig Wighton, Michael O’Halloran (Ben Summers 57)
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Taylor Sutherland, Max Little (GK)

RAITH ROVERS (v Hibernian): Kevin Dabrowski: Ross Millen, Keith Watson, Euan Murray, Liam Dick: Lewis Vaughan (Jack Hamilton 75), Callum Smith, Josh Mullin, Sam Stanton (Kieran Mitchell 89), Scott Brown (c) (Jamie Gullan 75), Shaun Byrne (Ethan Ross 64).
SUBS NOT USED: Scott McGill, Aaron Arnott, Adam Masson, Robbie Thomson (GK).

Lots of former Pars in the visiting team - Ross Millen, Callum Smith, Euan Murray, Shaun Byrne and Ethan Ross.

Other cinch Championship fixtures

Airdrieonians v Inverness Caley Thistle
Ayr United v Dundee United
Morton v Arbroath
Partick Thistle v Queens Park

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