Another Wednesday, another midweek match for the Lions – this time, as we welcome Derek McInnes and his Aberdeen side to the Tony Macaroni for the first time this season.
After Saturday’s win away to Kilmarnock, the Lions have now recorded 6 wins in a row, 4 of those in the league, and go in search of a victory over Aberdeen for the first-time since 2004.
The Dons themselves are undefeated in their last 6 league games with 3 wins and 3 draws, with a 2-1 win at home to St Johnstone on Saturday seeing them move above Hibernian and into the 3rd place in the table.
Our last meeting came back in August with a Lewis Ferguson penalty and a brilliant goal from Scott Wright putting the Dons 2-ahead before Scott Pittman pulled one back with 20 minutes to play. The Lions couldn’t find an equaliser though and had to head back home with nothing to show for a decent performance – a familiar theme over the years against Aberdeen.
Of the 6 meetings between the sides since we returned to the top flight in 2018, we’ve only managed to pick up one point which came in a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie after Craig Sibbald cancelled out Niall McGinn’s opener.
It’s not always been such bad luck against the Dons though. Back in the 2003/04 season, the sides met on 7 occasions – 4 in the league, 2 in the Scottish Cup (original tie and replay) and once in the League Cup. We didn’t lose any of those 7 fixtures, recording 5 wins and 2 draws.
Depending on how Celtic get on at home to Dundee United earlier in the day, there’s a chance for the visitors to go second in the table with a win so they’ll have plenty incentive ahead of this one.
That very same Celtic vs Dundee United game could help see the Lions move into 5th place as a win over Aberdeen coupled with United not winning at Celtic Park would see us jump into 5th place to finish the year.
A win for the Lions would also see us record 5 consecutive top flights victories for a first ever time.
Long term absentees Keaghan Jacobs and Alan Lithgow both remain unavailable for this one.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Raffa De Vita, Salim Kouider-Aïssa, Jack Hamilton & Lars Lokotsch.
How to Watch the Game?
Season ticket holders can make use of the virtual aspect of their ticket and login on the following link from 3pm on Wednesday to stream the game live – https://lfclive.livingstonfc.co.uk
Non-season ticket holders, away fans and anyone else wishing to watch the game can also do so via pay-per-view at a cost of £20. You can sign up for this right up until 3.30pm on Wednesday afternoon right here – https://ppv.livingstonfc.co.uk/events
LFC Live subscribers can also listen to the live audio on there too.
August 2020 – Aberdeen 2-1 Livingston
Livingston XI that day – McCrorie, Devlin, Fitzwater (70), McMillan (70), Guthrie, Bartley, Pittman, Sibbald (70), Forrest (76), Robinson & Holt.
Subs – Stryjek, Serrano (70), Ambrose (70), Taylor-Sinclair, Crawford, Kouider-Aïssa, Tiffoney (76) & Hamilton (70).
Scorer – Scott Pittman (69).
Aberdeen Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 34
Livingston Wins – 9
Draws – 9
Aberdeen Wins – 16
Referee – Steven McLean
Assistant Referees – Graeme Leslie & Gary Hilland.
Fourth Official – Graham Grainger.
SPFL Premiership Fixtures – Wednesday 30th December 2020 (All 3pm KO’s unless stated)
Celtic vs Dundee United
St Johnstone vs Hamilton Academical
St Mirren vs Rangers
Livingston vs Aberdeen – 4pm
Hibernian vs Ross County – 6pm
Motherwell vs Kilmarnock – 6.15pm