Forfar are out to end a dismal run against Angus neighbours Arbroath, with manager Jim Weir reckoning that his team will have an extra level of grit and determination to get the better of the Lichties.
A six-game losing run to the Gayfield side rankles with Weir, who said: “I want Forfar to win this game and I am sure everyone connected with Forfar wants us to win this game.
“We know our recent record against Arbroath is not good but we have been really unlucky in some of those games.
“The game last month at our place which we lost 3-2 sticks in my throat quite a bit as does a 2-1 defeat at Gayfield just over a year ago.
“We played really well in the 3-2 game and had it not been for a poor decision from a referee’s assistant at a crucial stage I am sure that we would have gone on to be the first team to beat Arbroath this season.
“An offside was given when it was never offside and it cost us a goal.
“In the 2-1 game again, we had played well but Arbroath scored late on to win.
“We cannot keep on being unlucky we simply need to find a way to win this game.”
The Loons are set to be at full strength, with the maverick talent of Dylan Easton available after a knock.
Weir said: “We missed Dylan’s creativity down at Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup last weekend so it will be good to have him back. This is a big game for both clubs, and he will enjoy that atmosphere.”
Weir has added midfielder Brad Spencer on loan after his contract with Dumbarton came to an and a familiar face has returned with Lewis Moore coming back to the club on loan until the end of the season.
“Lewis had gone back to Hearts as he had picked up an injury,” said Weir.
“However, it was always our intention to bring him back and we have done that now.”