Raith Rovers 

Airdrie 

Stark’s Park 

Saturday 10th February 2018

Kick off: 3.00pm

Admission Information: 

Adults – £15 

Parent & Child – £20*

Under 16 / Over 65 / Disabled – £8*

Student / Jobseeker – £10*

*Concession tickets must be purchased at the ticket office before entering the turnstiles. Adults pay at the gate.

Airdrie supporters will be housed in the Turnbull Hutton Stand and the same admission applies as above.

The Raith Suite bar will be open from 12.30pm to all supporters.

Match Preview:

After stretching their lead at the top of the League One table to five points thanks to their 3-1 win over Albion Rovers, Raith have the opportunity to increase it yet further this Saturday, when Airdrieonians are the visitors to Stark’s Park.

With Ayr United in Scottish Cup action against Rangers on Sunday, a Rovers victory over the Diamonds would see the gap moving to eight points, although that won’t be straightforward against Stephen Findlay’s side, who are buoyed, both new ownership, and new additions via the transfer window.

Airdrie have lost just once in their last nine fixtures, while no fewer than seven new faces have headed to North Lanarkshire in January.

Jordan McGregor has signed permanently, after leaving Hamilton following a loan-spell at the club, while forwards Darryl Duffy and Dale Carrick have signed up from St Mirren and Livingston respectively, the former on a loan-deal.

Goalkeeper, Willie Muir has been acquired after he left Queen’s Park, while midfielder Ross Brown has joined after he left also left the Livingston.

Bolstering the back-line is two further loan-deals, with Chris Higgins joining from Brechin, and Daniel Higgins from Kilmarnock.

Even without those reinforcements, Rovers have toiled against Airdrie this term, although they have taken four from the six points available.

The first meeting in September ended in a 2-0 win for the Stark’s Park men, although it was a tight affair, with goals from Jason Thomson and Dario Zanatta coming in the final quarter-of-an-hour.

It was even closer in the next meeting in December, when the sides drew two each at the Excelsior Stadium.

Greig Spence had given Rovers a first-half advantage, but Jake Hastie and Cammy Russell gave the home side a deserved lead. However, an injury-time own-goal from Jordan McGregor salvaged a somewhat fortuitous point for Barry Smith’s men.

Rovers will be looking to take advantage of Airdrie’s poor away form, which has seen them pick up just nine points on their travels, the fewest in the division, and while the Diamonds currently sit seventh, a win on Saturday could potentially rekindle their hopes of a playoff berth.

Rovers have a good recent record in this fixture, with five wins and three draws from the last ten meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be Craig Charleston

Head-To-Head Home League Record:

Raith Rovers Wins: 6 | Airdrie Wins: 2 | Draws: 3

Raith Rovers Goals: 11 | Airdrie Goals: 6

Current Form:

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

Airdrie: W-D-D-L-D-W

Top Goal Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 19 | Greig Spence 13 | Liam Buchanan 11

Airdrie: Willis Furtado 6 | Cammy Russell 5

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 1/2 | Airdrie: 17/5 | Draw: 21/4

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