Saturday 17th October
Kick off: 3.00pm
Information on how to watch the game live on Raith TV can be found here
After two outings in the League Cup, Raith Rovers begin their Championship campaign this Saturday, with a home match against Dick Campbell’s Arbroath.
The Red Lichties have made an impressive start to their League Cup fixtures, with wins over Stirling Albion, local rivals Montrose, and a close defeat to Premiership opponents Ross County in midweek, with two Ross Stewart goals sealing the points for the Staggies in Dingwall, after Dale Hilson had given the visitors the lead.
The Gayfield side enjoyed a fantastic season last term, finishing fifth in the Championship, and they’ll be hoping for a similar term this time around, after retaining the vast majority of the squad which did so well last time around.
These two sides last came together in the 2018/19 season, where Arbroath finished 10 points ahead of third placed Rovers in League One, although there was little between the sides in the four meetings, with a win apiece and two draws.
Raith’s win came at Gayfield just before Christmas, thanks to an excellent Daniel Armstrong free-kick, and a second from Liam Buchanan in a 2-0 win. It was hoped that that match might kickstart a comeback in the title challenge, but it failed to materialise, and a 1-0 win for Arbroath at Stark’s Park in February more or less sealed the third tier title for Campbell’s men.
Despite that, Raith have a good record in this fixture, with that defeat Rovers only loss to Arbroath in their last 10 meetings, with four wins and five draws making up the rest.
Head-To-Head League Record At Stark’s Park:
Raith Rovers Wins: 20 | Arbroath Wins: 9 | Draws: 9
Raith Rovers Goals: 69 | Arbroath Goals: 41
Raith Rovers: Manny Duku 2 | Regan Hendry 1
Arbroath: Thomas O’Brien 2 | Luke Donnelly 1 | Jason Thompson 1 | Dale Hilson 1
Raith Rovers: 7/4 | Arbroath: 11/8 | Draw: 13/5