Raith Rovers 

Cowdenbeath

Central Park

Saturday 30th August 2014 

Kick off: 3.00pm 

 

Admission Prices: 

Adults – £16 

Concessions – £8 

 

Preview:

Both teams go into this week’s Fife derby at Central Park, looking to bounce back from a week that’s involved league defeats, and cup exits.

Raith suffered two consecutive 4-0 losses at the hands of Heart of Midlothian and Dundee, while Cowdenbeath lost out at home to Alloa, and narrowly exited the League Cup on penalties to Falkirk, after a 0-0 draw.

Last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Alloa, brought to an end Cowdenbeath’s impressive league record at Central Park, a venue where they had remained unbeaten since a 2-0 loss at home to Falkirk back in January.

Manager Jimmy Nicholl was burdened with the difficult task of replacing one of the Championship’s most efficient forward lines over the Summer, when he lost Greg Stewart to Dundee, and Kane Hemmings to Barnsley. To that end, he’s brought in a number of new faces over the close season, as he aims to prolong the Blue Brazil’s stay in Scotland’s second-tier.

Forwards, Danijel Jurisic, Craig Sutherland and Sean Higgins had already signed for the club, but this week, fellow striker, Kudus Oyenuga, signed on-loan from Dundee United. The former Tottenham Hotspur youngster made his debut in the midweek defeat to Falkirk, and he is expected to play some part in this weekend’s all-Kingdom encounter.

Aside from forwards, Nicholl has also signed left-back Iain Campbell from Forfar Athletic, central defender Darren Brownlie from Partick Thistle, and goalkeeper Robbie Thomson, son of former Raith keeper, Scott Thomson.

While Rovers have a good record against their Fife rivals, the most recent results have been mixed, with just two wins from the last ten meetings, compared to Cowdebeath’s three. Whilst it’s a difficult task to determine who will come out on top on Saturday, goals, and plenty of them, seem to be a reasonable prediction, as these two sides have managed to score thirty-nine times between them, during the last ten league encounters.

Saturday’s match will be refereed by Kevin Graham.

Head-to-Head League Record at Central Park:

Cowdenbeath wins: 13 | Raith Rovers wins: 17 | Draws: 15

Cowdenbeath goals: 66 | Raith Rovers goals: 74

Biggest home win: Second Division 25/8/1984 Cowdenbeath 5 Raith Rovers 1

Biggest away win: League Cup Group Stage 2/10/1948 Cowdenbeath 0 Raith Rovers 6

Highest scoring draw: 20/10/2012 First Division Cowdenbeath 4 Raith Rovers 4

Top Goalscorers in All Competitions:

Cowdenbeath: Lewis Milne 3 | Sean Higgins 2

Raith Rovers: Ryan Conroy 3 | Calum Elliot 2

Match Odds:

Cowdenbeath: 6/4 | Raith Rovers: 13/8 | Draw: 27/10

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