Ayr United

V

Raith Rovers

Saturday 6th August 2016

Somerset Park, Ayr 

Kick off 3pm

Ladbrokes Championship

 

 Admission Prices:

Adults : £17

OAP’s and students: £10

Under 16s: £5

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers will aim to put the disappointment of their League Cup elimination to one side this Saturday, when they travel to Somerset Park to face newly promoted Ayr United, in the opening match of their Championship campaign.

It’s shaping up to be an intriguing contest, with Gary Locke’s new-look squad, coming up against an Ayr side who have impressed to date, after successfully navigating a League Cup group which contained Hamilton Academicals, Edinburgh City, Livingston and St. Mirren.

Last season saw the Honest Men gain promotion to the second-tier via the play-offs, but for a while they ran eventual champions Dunfermline Athletic close, leading the table until November, before eventually finishing as runner-up.

Their penalty win over Stranraer saw Ian McCall’s team elevated to this level for the first time since 2012, and with some new faces added to an already talented squad, Ayr will hoping to once again establish themselves in the upper echelons.

Defender, Darryl Meggat has been signed after a spell with Dundee, while Stranraer midfielder Paul Cairney has been added to an already impressive looking central area. Up-front, Craig Moore has been acquired on-loan from Motherwell, and he could partner another loanee in Jamie Thomas, after the youngster was signed from Burnley.

The two teams met on the inaugural day of the 2008/09 season, with the match ending in a 0-0 draw. While that fixture may not have been a classic, the rest of the season certainly was, with John McGlynn’s men just pipping Ayr to the title, after winning nine of their last 11 fixtures.

Raith have a fine recent tradition of starting seasons seasons strongly, losing just two of their last ten opening day fixturesHowever, If Raith are to leave Ayrshire with all three points, then they’ll have to overturn some poor form against a team whom they’ve only managed to defaet once in their last ten meetings, a 2-0 win at the same venue back in 2010.

Saturday’s match referee will be Euan Anderson

Current Form:

Ayr United: W-L-W-W

Raith Rovers: W-W-D-L

Head-to-Head League Record at Somerset Park:

Ayr United Wins: 31 | Draw: 22 | Raith Rovers Wins: 15

Ayr United Goals: 88 | Raith Rovers Goals: 77

Top Goal-Scorers:

Ayr United: Robbie Crawford 1, Alan Forrest 1, Brian Gilmour 1, Peter Murphy 1, Craig McGuffie 1

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaighan 2, Kyle Benedictus 1, Chris Johnston 1

Match Odds:

Ayr United: 2/1 | Draw: 5/2 | Raith Rovers: 13/10

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