Raith Rovers 

Saturday 11th November 2017

 YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium, Dumbarton

Kick off: 3.00pm

Irn Bru Cup quarter-final

Admission Information:

Adult: £10

Senior Citizens: £5

Other Concessions (Disabled, Student, 13-16 years old): £5

Under 12: Free when accompanied by an adult

Adults accompanying a child under 12 free will be required to purchase a ticket from the Parent & Child Ticket Window located to the left of the Home Turnstiles prior to entering the Away turnstiles.

Match Preview:

After securing the three points in the latest Fife derby of the season on Saturday, Rovers now face two cup ties in consecutive weekends, starting this Saturday at the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium, with an Irn Bru Cup quarter-final tie against Dumbarton.

Steve Aitken’s side have continued to compound expectations in Scotland’s second-tier, with last week’s 1-0 win over Brechin City helping to keep them clear of the relegation spots in eighth, four points ahead of second bottom Falkirk, and a huge 11 ahead of bottom-of-the-table Brechin City.

There’s no shortage of familiar faces amongst the Dumbarton squad, with seven former Raith players amongst their ranks.

Their defence could feature Dougie Hill, Craig Barr and David Smith, whilst in midfield, Danny Handling and Craig Johnston could also start. Lastly, up-front, Aitken could start with a pairing of Christian Nade and Mark Stewart.

Dumbarton reached this stage with wins over the Rangers Development side (2-0,) Connah’s Quay Nomads (2-1,) and Stranraer (2-1), with this meeting the first cup-tie bwetween the teams since a second-round Scottish Cup tie in the 2006/07 season, with the Sons running out 1-0 winners.

While that game was reasonably tight, that’s seems to be the exception rather than the norm between these two, with 56 goals scored in the last 16 meetings.

Raith have failed to win any of their last three games against Dumbarton, with their run of two defeats and a draw, their poorest sequence against the Sons since they lost five and drew one of six straight games across the 1982/83 and 83/84 seasons.

Despite that, they do have the upper-hand over the last ten meetings, with four wins and four draws from the last ten meetings.

Saturday’s match referee will be Gavin Duncan.

Head-to-Head Cup Record Versus Dumbarton:

Dumbarton Wins: 6 | Raith Rovers Wins: 7 | Draws: 2

Dumbarton Goals: 21 | Raith Rovers Goals: 21

Top Goal Scorers:

Dumbarton: Mark Stewart 4 | Dimitras Froxylias 3 | Craig Barr 2

Raith Rovers: Lewis Vaughan 18 | Liam Buchanan 7 | Greig Spence 6

Match Odds:

Dumbarton: 8/5 | Raith Rovers: 8/5 | Draw: 12/5

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