• Date: Sat 09 February 2013
  • Kick-off: 15:00
  • Venue: Stark's Park

Raith Rovers vs Partick Thistle

Form Guide -

Raith Rovers

Partick Thistle

Head to Head
Raith 15-Dec-2012
Partick 29-Sep-2012
Raith 14-Apr-2012
Partick 25-Feb-2012
Raith 17-Dec-2011
Partick 15-Oct-2011

Match Preview

Hill misses out again

Raith defender Dougie Hill is banned for the fourth game running and misses out against promotion-chasing visitors Partick.

The Fifers will also be without on-loan Hearts winger David Smith through a hamstring injury as they look to get the better of the Glasgow side after two close matches this season.

Rovers' boss Grant Murray said: "In the first meeting here we led until injury time and it felt like a defeat when Thistle scored an equaliser.

"We then scored two goals at their home but lost 3-2 to a late goal so we are due to slice of better fortune.

"We gave a good account of ourselves against Celtic in the Scottish Cup last weekend and we will look to build on that to win this one."

Partick interim player-manager Alan Archibald welcomes back Stephen O'Donnell.

O'Donnell made his debut for Scotland Under-21s in midweek, his first action in six weeks following an ankle injury.

Steven Lawless, who fractured a cheekbone recently, ia the only absentee.

Archibald said: "I am delighted to have Stephen available as this will be a really tough game on a very heavy surface.

Raith will look to attack us as they have done in the two games between us already this season. We need to be ready to fight for everything as they have strong defenders and very good strikers."

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