Raith Rovers 

Ayr United 

Stark’s Park

Saturday 13th January 2018

Kick off: 3.00pm

Admission Information:

Adult – £15

Parent & Child – £20*

Under 16 / Over 65 / Disabled – £8*

Student /Jobseeker – £10*

1 under 12 admitted free with 1 full paying adult*

All concession tickets must be purchased at the ticket office before entering the turnstiles. Adults pay directly at the gate.

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers and Ayr United face-off at Stark’s Park this Saturday, in a match which could go a long way towards deciding the destination of the League One trophy.

A 2-1 win for Raith against Forfar Athletic at the weekend, combined with a 2-1 reverse for Ayr at home to Arbroath, mean that Barry Smith’s men go into the match as the division leaders, one point ahead of The Honest Men, having played two games fewer.

While Rovers have taken 19 points from the last 21 available, Ayr go into the encounter having lost three of their last four outings, although their one win in that sequence was a big one, and away from home at that, with a 5-1 triumph against Stranraer.

However, Rovers face a tough ask to get their second win over Ian McCall’s men this term, with no-one scoring more league goals than Ayr with 58 in 21 outings, while the Somerset Park team has picked up more points away from home than anyone else in the league, with 24 points out of a possible 30.

Both teams have one win apiece from this fixture, with the first coming at Stark’s Park in September. Lawrence Shankland fired the visitors ahead in the first-half injury time, but second-half goals from Lewis Vaughan and Jason Thomson led Raith to a 2-1 win.

It was a different story in November however, when Shankland, Robbie Crawford and Craig Moore eased Ayr to a comfortable 3-0 win.

Ayr United hold the upper-hand in the most recent meetings between the clubs, with four wins from the last ten fixtures, compared to Raith’s three.

Saturday’s match referee will be Barry Cook

Head-To-Head League Record at Stark’s Park:

Raith Rovers Wins: 34 | Ayr United Wins: 17 | Draws: 22

Raith Rovers Goals: 134 | Ayr United Goals: 83

Current Form:

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

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

Top Goal Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 19 | Greig Spence 12 | Liam Buchanan 11

Ayr United: Craig Moore 19 | Lawrence Shankland 17 | Michael Moffat 11 

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 21/20 | Ayr United: 12/5 | Draw: 27/10

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