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Team Pd GD Pt
1 Arbroath 30 28 64
2 Raith Rovers 30 25 51
3 Forfar 30 2 50
4 East Fife 30 0 44
5 Montrose 29 -7 38
6 Airdrieonians 29 0 37
7 Dumbarton 29 -4 34
8 Stranraer 29 -9 33
9 Brechin 28 -10 31
10 Stenhousemuir 30 -25 28
Updated: 23rd Mar

Match Preview: East Fife (Home)

Friday March 16th 2018

Raith Rovers 

East Fife 

Stark’s Park 

18th March 2018 

Kick off: 4.10pm

Admission Information:

Adults – £15

Parent & Child – £20*

Under 16 / Over 65 / Disabled – £8*

Student / Jobseeker – £10*

*Concessions must purchase a ticket at the ticket office before entering the turnstiles. Adults pay at the gate.

The Raith Suite will not be open due to hospitality

East Fife fans will be housed in the McDermid Stand. The ticket pod for concession tickets will be open from 3.10pm

Match Preview:

After handing the initiative to Ayr United in the title race in recent weeks, Rovers will be playing catch up this Sunday, in the final Fife derby of the season.

Four games without a win for Raith has seen Ayr hit the top spot, and with just seven fixtures remaining, all of them are now vital as Barry Smith’s team looks to gain automatic promotion to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Unlike Rovers, East Fife have hit their stride recently, recording three straight wins, with their midweek win over Alloa taking them to fifth in the table, and within six points of the playoff positions, albeit Arbroath and Alloa have both played a game fewer.

Rovers have yet to drop a point against East Fife this term, although the two most recent meetings have been considerably closer than the first.

The first meeting in Methil last August was a one-sided affair, with goals from Bobby Barr, Greig Spence, Liam Buchanan and a brace from Lewis Vaughan cementing a comfortable 5-0 win.

The match in November was a more sedate affair, with a Lewis Vaughan goal enough to seal another three points.

There were another five goals in the most recent game, with Rovers emerging victorious by the odd goal.

Scott Robertson opened the scoring with an early strike, and while a Kyle Wilkie goal briefly levelled matters, Liam Buchanan made sure Barry Smith’s side held the advantage going into the interval.

Scott Linton brought the scores level again ten minutes into the second-period, but a late goal from Dario Zanatta eventually saw Raith home.

Rovers are unbeaten in 11 matches against East Fife, with 10 wins and one draw in that time. East Fife’s last victory in this fixture was a 1-0 First Division win back in March 1988.

Sunday’s match referee will be Greg Aitken

Home League Record Versus East Fife:

Raith Rovers Wins: 14 | East Fife Wins: 11 | Draws: 8

Raith Rovers Goals: 55 | East Fife Goals: 46

Current Form:

Raith Rovers: W-W-D-D-L-L

East Fife: W-L-L-W-W-W

Top Goal Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 21 | Greig Spence 13 | Liam Buchanan 12

East Fife: Chris Duggan 13 | Mark Docherty 8

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 11/20 | East Fife: 5/1 | Draw: 16/5

Craig McEwan played for Scotland U-21's in the 2-1 defeat by Denmark at Stirling.
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