St. Mirren

Raith Rovers

Friday 18th September 2015

St. Mirren Park, Paisley

Kick off: 7.45pm

Admission Information:

Adult – £20
OAP (over 65) – £10
Child (Under 18) – £10
Child (Under 12) – £5
Wheelchair User – £10
Carer – FREE

Proof of ID/entitlement may be requested for concessions.

Raith Rovers fans can purchase their tickets (subject to availability) from the window at the away end of the ground (North Stand) from 6:30pm to kick-off time (7:45pm).

Match Preview:

After sustaining their 100% home record against Queen of the South last weekend, Raith Rovers head to Paisley on Friday evening, looking to get their first point on their travels, against Ian Murray’s St. Mirren.

It was a weekend of contrasting fortunes for these two sides last Saturday. While Kyle Benedictus’ third goal of the season was enough to see Raith take all three points against the Doonhamers, St. Mirren let a two goal lead slip at home to Falkirk, eventually losing 3-2 after a last minute goal from John Baird. The result left St. Mirren without a home win in the Championship this season.

Ian Murray took charge of a young Buddies side in the summer, after they were relegated from the top-tier, but he added experience to the squad before and after the close of the transfer window.

Former Motherwell midfielder, Stuart Carswell joined fairly early in pre-season, as did fellow midfielder Scott Agnew from Dumbarton, who is currently the team’s top goalscorer with four strikes to his name. Murray also brought in right-back Keith Watson from Dundee United, goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, and centre-half, Andy Webster after he left Coventry City.

It’s eleven seasons since these two sides shared the same division, and ten years since they last played each other in a competitive fixture. Raith’s last win over the Paisley side was a 2-0 victory back in January 2005, one of only three games the Kirkcaldy side won that season, as they were relegated to the third tier. St. Mirren would go onto finish second in that season’s First Division, behind runaway champions, Falkirk.

If Raith Rovers avoid defeat on Friday it would lift the club at least temporarily into third place in the table, while a victory for the home side would see them move up to seventh.

The Paisley side have the edge over Rovers in the most recent meetings, with five wins from the last ten games, compared to Rovers three.

Friday evening’s match referee will be Euan Anderson.

Head-to-Head League Record in Paisley:

St. Mirren Wins: 29 | Raith Rovers Wins: 12

Draws: 14

St. Mirren Goals: 108 | Raith Rovers Goals: 67

Current Form:

St. Mirren: W-D-L-D-W-L | Raith Rovers: L-W-W-L-L-W

Top Goalscorers:

St. Mirren: Scott Agnew 4, Steven Mallan 2, Steven Thompson 2

Raith Rovers: Kyle Benedictus 3, Mark Stewart 2, Lewis Vaughan 2

Match Odds:

St. Mirren: 10/11 | Raith Rovers: 3/1 | Draw: 13/5

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