Fifth plays tenth in tomorrow's Championship game at East End Park, with Dunfermline still clinging onto faint hopes of being involved in the promotion play-offs, while visitors Falkirk face an altogether more stressful end to their season, currently at the foot of the division and heading for the seaside league.
Here is the current Championship table:
Dunfermline team news, selection & preferred lineup
One point from 12 has caused almost irreparable damage to the Pars' aim of extending their season into the promotion play-off fixtures. Although form has picked up in the past 2 games, partly due to a more attacking formation having been deployed after weeks of safety-first tactics, results are ultimately all that matters and the season is likely to end in mid table. Thankfully not actively involved in the relegation scrap - unlike the 5 teams below us - the remaining matches after tomorrow are likely to be glorified pre-season friendlies. However, before that, we have the derby and a chance to inflict a damaging defeat on our rivals.
Five consecutive wins in February to early March highlighted the players' desire to grind out wins even when performances were average, but could not disguise the deficiencies in the Dunfermline squad. A busy summer awaits Stevie Crawford, with many players out of contract and decisions to be made on others who still have another year left but who have been peripheral figures in team selections of late. Lack of goals has been our biggest problem and we are currently the second lowest scoring team in the Championship.
Louis Longridge is a doubt for tomorrow's game having suffered a shoulder injury in the midweek defeat at Ross County. In that game, Myles Hippolyte moved from striker to left midfield after Longridge had to be substituted, with Faissal El Bakhtaoui then partnering Bruce Anderson up front, and we could line up with the same 11 players to start tomorrow's game. There is no need for any other changes, with teenager Matty Todd impressing against Ross County and providing an attacking thrust from midfield.
Preferred lineup, in a 4-4-2 formation; Louis Longridge starts unless injured, with Hippolyte his replacement:
A January clear out, which followed another clearout last summer under previous manager Paul Hartley, briefly lead to improved results for a Falkirk side who have spent most of the season in the bottom two positions. After climbing to eighth a month ago, they have fallen away again and are without a win in the past 5 League games.
In the lad up to this weekend's game, Falkirk boss Ray McKinnon spoke to the media:
''It's a big derby and a tough game - a game we are looking forward to though.
''Hopefully we get the rub of the green that I don't think we got this week. It has been a tough week but that group will bounce back, I'm certain of it."
Match odds (McBookie):