What channel is Kilmarnock vs Arbroath? Live stream, TV and kick off details for potential Championship decider

The Scottish Championship could crown its winner this weekend – or it could suddenly morph back into the fairytale it has threatened to deliver for much of the campaign.

Kilmarnock welcome Arbroath to Rugby Park in the penultimate game of a second tier season that has enthralled.

Just one point separates the top two sides with just two games to go until the end of the regular season with the part-time Red Lichties remaining in the race right to the end against all odds.

The two teams have been up against each other for the title for months now – and it could all come to a head this week.

Derek McInnes’s Killie side were firm favorites at the start of this campaign with Dick Campbell’s Angus outfit unexpected challengers for the Championship crown.

It looked like Killie were set to romp home to the title and promotion back to the top tier at the first time of asking until it all unraveled in Inverness last weekend before Arbroath answered back with a 5-1 thumping of Queen of the South.

It all comes down to this and here is everything you need to know.

When and where is the game taking place?

The top of the table Scottish Championship clash takes place this Friday, April 22.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm at Rugby Park.

The sides meet Rugby Park this Friday night.

Is it on TV?

BBC Scotland are broadcasting the game live with coverage starting at 7.30pm.

The BBC Scotland channel is available on channel 115 on Freeview and Sky, 108 on Virgin Media and 120 on Sky Glass.

The action will also be streamed live on BBC iPlayer.

previous meetings

The two sides have met three times in the Scottish Championship already this season.

They battled it out in a goalless draw at Gayfield back in September.

The Lichties defeated the Ayrshire side 1-0 in Killie after an Anton Dowd’s header secured the three points for Dick Campbell’s side.

Arbroath came out on top for the second time in a row in the most recent clash between the top two.

Jack Hamilton’s strike was the only goal in the game back in February this year.

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The permutations

Derek McInnes’ side – who were favorites at the start of the season – will be crowned champions of the Scottish Championship if they win on Friday night.

But if the Ayrshire men are defeated, Arbroath go two points ahead at the top of the Scottish Championship with just one game to go after this weekend.

Arbroath started this campaign with the hopes of simply staying in the division, but should they take all three points on Friday, they’ll go into the final day of the season as firm favourites.

A draw means that one point continues to separate the sides, with Dick Campbell’s side needing all three points from their final game against Morton as well as a slip-up from Killie who face Raith Rovers in Fife for their final battle.

A massive crowd is expected for the Friday night showdown with the Angus team bringing a big traveling support to Rugby Park.

If Arbroath manage to bag promotion, it will be their first time playing in the top flight of Scottish football since 1975 when the league format looked completely different.

The Lichties last period in the top division stretched just three seasons after they were promoted to the Scottish First Division in 1972 before finishing last in 1975.

A league win for Killie would see them jump right back up to the top flight after being relegated to the Championship last season in a play-off against Dundee.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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