Ayr United 

Raith Rovers 

Somerset Park 

Saturday 10th March 2018

Kick off: 3.00pm

Admission Information:

Adults – £16

OAP’s, students and 18-21 year olds – £10

Under 18s – £5

|Fans can enter west stand (seated) via turnstiles 9, 10 and the railway end (Terracing) via Turnstiles 2-6.

Match Preview:

All roads lead to Somerset Park this weekend, as Raith Rovers and Ayr United lock horns in a match which could go a long way to deciding the destination of the League One title.

With both teams having their fixtures cancelled last weekend, and in midweek, Rovers continue to hold a four point lead over their rivals, albeit Ian McCall’s team have played a game fewer.

If Rovers are to extend that lead however, they’ll have to buck the trend when it comes to their Somerset Park form, with just two wins from their last ten visits to the venue, stretching back to 2008.

That said, Raith are unbeaten in six League One games, and just one defeat in 15 since losing to Ayr in November.

That loss was a heavy one, with goals from Lawrence Shankland, Robbie Crawford and Craig Moore ensuring a comfortable 3-0 win.

The other two meetings have been far closer affairs though, with one draw and one win for Barry Smith’s team.

Despite going in at the interval a goal down through Shankland’s close range effort, Raith won the first meeting in September, with their turnaround coming thanks to second-half strikes from Lewis Vaughan and Jason Thomson.

The last meeting came in January, and once again Shankland opened the scoring, only for Greig Spence to restore parity in a game which finished one each.

Ayr’s form certainly seems to be returning in recent weeks, with two consecutive wins after defeats to Alloa Athletic and Rangers at the start of February. Rovers fans will be crossing their fingers that they don’t manage to reproduce the form they demonstrated between October and December though, when a run of 11 wins and one draw in 12 fixtures, took them to the top of the table.

That sequence also helped them become the first Scottish club to score 100 goals in all competitions this term, with their 70 league goals 15 more than the league leaders have accumulated to date.

The two sides can’t be split in terms of the recent head-to-head, with three wins and four draws apiece.

Saturday’s match referee will be Gavin Ross

Head-To-Head Away League Record Versus Ayr:

Ayr United Wins: 33 | Raith Rovers Wins: 16 | Draws: 22

Ayr United Goals: 92 | Raith Rovers Goals: 72

Current Form:

Ayr United: W-W-L-L-W-W

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

Top Goal Scorers:

Ayr United: Lawrence Shankland 23 | Craig Moore 21 | Michael Moffat 11

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 20 | Greig Spence 13 | Liam Buchanan 12

Match Odds:

Ayr United: 5/4 | Raith Rovers: 19/10 | Draw: 13/5

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