Raith Rovers

Stark’s Park

Saturday 29th July 2017

Kick off: 3pm

Betfred Cup

Admission Prices:

Entry is £10 for adults, £5 concessions.

Cowdenbeath fans will be seated in the Turnbull Hutton (Main) Stand.

Season Tickets are valid for this match (Voucher C)

RaithTV will be providing live video (outside UK/Ireland) and audio (anywhere) of the match.

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath will bring a close to their Betfred League Cup campaign this weekend, when the two meet at Stark’s Park this Saturday.

With both teams picking up just one win from their first three matches, neither can progress to the knockout phase, although whoever wins on Saturday will finish third, taking the additional prize money that comes with it.

The two teams were in action in midweek, and while Rovers were racking up the goals at Buckie, Billy Brown’s team experienced contrasting fortunes at Central Park, where a first-half hat-trick from Sofien Moussa, condemned the Blue Brazil to a 3-0 defeat.

After taking over from Gary Locke this summer, Billy Brown has attempted to rebuild a side which only managed to stay in the league last term, thanks to a penalty shoot-out win over East Kilbride in the League Two play-off.

With David McGurn picking up an injury which may rule him out of this one, two goalkeepers have been brought in, with Joe McGovern arriving from Forfar, as well as Blair Penman, who’s just been released by Celtic.

Defender, David Syme signed permanently after his loan spell from Raith last term, and he could be joined at the back by John Ovenstone, who’s been snapped up from Tayport in a player/coach position. Nineteen year-old right-back, Matthew McInally could also feature, after he was picked up following a spell with Partick Thistle.

Midfieders Robbie Buchanan and Jack Whittaker were acquired after they left Hearts and Kilmarnock respectively, while prolific striker, Josh Morris was signed from Hawick Royal Albert.

These two sides last met in July 2015, when a Lewis Vaughan goal was all that separated them in a Challenge Cup tie at Central Park, but it was a different story when they last played at Stark’s Park in April 2015, when a Colin Nish hat-trick secured an impressive 3-1 win for the Blue Brazil.

The recent head-to-head is reasonably even Steven, with Rovers picking up five wins from the last ten meetings, compared to Cowdenbeath’s four.

Saturday’s match referee will be Kevin Graham.

Head-to-Head Cup Record Versus Cowdenbeath:

Raith Rovers Wins: 7 |  Draws: 1 | Cowdenbeath Wins: 6

Raith Rovers Goals: 30 | Cowdenbeath Goals: 20

Current Form:

Raith Rovers: L-L-W

Cowdenbeath: W-L-L

Top Goal Scorers:

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 3, Liam Buchanan 2, Greig Spence 1, Ross Matthews 1

Cowdenbeath: Cameron Muirhead 2, David Syme 2

Match Odds:

Raith Rovers: 2/5 |  Draw: 4/1 |  Cowdenbeath: 6/1

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