Ross County

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Raith Rovers

Victoria Park, Dingwall

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Kick off: 3.00pm

 

Admission Prices:

Adults – £15

Concession – £5

Under 18’s – £5

Match Preview:

Raith Rovers head to Dingwall this Saturday, faced with the tough task of sustaining their 100% Betfred League Cup record against the holders, Ross County.

Tuesday evening’s results, which saw Alloa Athletic defeat Cove Rangers 4-0, coupled with Rovers late win over Montrose, have left Group D looking like a three way race for the top-two spots, with Raith leading the way on six points, while Ross County and Alloa, who both have a game in hand, sit on three. This weekend’s other group fixture sees Montrose host Alloa.

Ross County fans were disappointed to see creative midfielder, Jackson Irvine head to English Championship side, Burton Albion last week, but manager, Jim McIntyre has clearly targeted a different area of the park to strengthen over the summer, with five of his summer acquisitions defensive minded.

Goalkeeper, Aaron McCarey was brought in after he left Wolverhampton Wanderers, while former Scotland defender, Jay McEveley has joined from Sheffield United. Christopher Routis, who can play in the centre of defence was signed from Bradford City, while full-backs, Kenny van der Weg and Erik Cikos have also been brought on board.

McIntyre will be hoping the new recruits can bolster a backline which conceded 61 league goals last term, although the season still saw the club finish in the top six, as well as the League Cup success.

The two clubs have met twice before in this competition, with Raith winning convincingly on both occasions. In 1994, an Ally Graham hat-trick helped the away side to a second round 5-0 win, while in 2012, goals from Greig Spence, Dougie Hill and a double from Brian Graham saw Raith advance to the third round at the expense of their top-tier opponents.

While the sides haven’t met too often in recent years, Rovers do have a good record against the Staggies, with six wins and four draws from their 13 meetings since the beginning of the 2009/10 season.

Saturday’s match referee will be John McKendrick.

Head-to-Head Cup Record Against Ross County:

Raith Rovers Wins: 2 | Ross County Wins: 1 | Draws: 0

Raith Rovers Goals: 10 | Ross County Goals: 3

Match Odds:

Ross County: 20/23 | Raith Rovers: 3/1 | Draw: 13/5

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