Queen of the South

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Raith Rovers

 Palmerston Park

Saturday 17th September 2016

Kick off 3.00pm

 Admission Prices:

Adult – £16

OAP/Concession, Students & 16-21s – £9

Under 16s – £5

Disabled – Varies (See Accessible Ticket section here)

 Match Preview:

It’s second versus third at Palmertson Park this Saturday, as Raith Rovers head to Dumfries to take on Gavin Skelton’s Queen of the South side. They’ll find it tough going though, against the Championship’s form team, with Queens taking seven wins and a draw from their last eight outings.

While most observers felt that new manager Skelton had built a side which may challenge for the playoffs, his late acquisition of the former Swansea and Crystal Palace forward, Stephen Dobbie, put a lick of sheen on the squad, as the striker returned to the club he’d previously represented between 2007 and 2009. He and Derek Lyle have already formed a formidable partnership, with 15 goals between them this term.

It’s not just up front where Skelton has strengthened however, with new additions, some of whom are familiar faces to the Rovers fans, throughout the squad. Ramsdens Cup winners, Lee Robinson and Grant Anderson were both snapped up over the summer, and they’ve been joined at the club by a mixture of youth and experience.

Right-back, Jamie Hamill was signed after leaving Rugby Park, while forwards Steven Rigg and Lyndon Dykes were added from Carlisle United and SP Apollo respectively.

The Doonhamers have made an almost unblemished start to the season, with victories over Falkirk, Ayr United, Dunfermline and St. Mirren, with their only dropped points coming in a 1-1- draw at Tannadice. They’re also into the quarter-finals of the League Cup, after an impressive 3-1 win over Hibernian in the last round.

However, Rovers will be hoping to emulate their record from last season in this fixture, which saw them take 10 points from 12 across the four meetings. A Kyle Benedictus header secured all three points in September 2015, while a Robbie Thompson own-goal secured a point in a 1-1 draw in December. Mark Stewart and James Craigen were on target in a comfortable 2-0 win in March, while the final meeting saw Raith win 2-1, thanks to goals from Benedictus and Craig Barr. Despite Rovers recent success in this fixture, the head-to-head record is reasonably even, with five wins for Raith in the last ten meetings, compared to Queens four.

Saturday’s match referee will be Gavin Duncan

Head-to-Head League Record at Palmerston Park

Queen of the South Wins: 18 | Draws: 16 | Raith Rovers Wins: 16
Queen of the South Goals: 78 | Raith Rovers Goals: 69

Current Form

Queen of the South: W-W-W-W-W-W<
Raith Rovers:  W-W-W-D-L-L

Top Goal Scorers

Queen of the South: Derek Lyle 8, Stephen Dobbie 7
Raith Rovers: Declan McManus 3, Ross Callachan 2, Mark Stewart 2, Lewis Vaughan 2

Match Odds

Queen of the South: 11/8 | Draw: 5/2 | Raith Rovers: 19/10

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