After Wednesday’s clash with Aberdeen fell victim to the freezing West Lothian temperatures, we now turn our attention to Hibernian as we make the short trip to Edinburgh to do battle at Easter Road.
Whilst our game was postponed, Hibs were in action at home to John Hughes’ Ross County side, losing 2-0 to the Staggies. Goals either side of the break from Harry Paton and Oli Shaw, once dubbed one of the Europe’s best strikers whilst at Hibs, made it back-to-back defeats for the first time this season for Jack Ross’s side.
Our own last meeting with the Edinburgh side was our first home game of the season and the Hibees dished out our heaviest defeat of the season, leaving the Tony Macaroni Arena with all three points after a 4-1 win. 3 goals in 17 first-half minutes all but wrapped the game up and despite a second-half penalty from Lyndon Dykes, Kevin Nisbet restored the 3 goal advantage with a late penalty of his own, securing the match ball with his third strike of the day.
Hibs have gone on to flirt between 2nd and 4th place in the table since then as well as booking their own trip to Hampden in the Betfred Cup where they’ll take on St Johnstone the day before we play St Mirren.
Despite that good form in general, only 3 home wins in the league from 10 games has likely been the biggest disappointed felt by Jack Ross and coming into this one off the back of that defeat to Ross County, the Hibs players will be looking to improve on that home record in this one.
With that said, since returning to the top flight in 2018-19, the Lions have made 3 trips to Easter Road and are yet to suffer defeat – albeit with all three fixtures finishing level. A Ryan Hardie goal was cancelled out by Ryan Porteous in a 1-1 draw in 2018, Stevie Lawless and Craig Sibbald had us 2-ahead in 2019 before a controversial Scott Allan penalty and a 90th minute Martin Boyle equaliser meant a share of the spoils and earlier this year, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair equalised in the second-half in a 1-1 draw after Christian Doidge had the Hibees ahead.
Continuing that recent unbeaten record would be a welcome achievement for the Lions whilst a win would also see us record 5 consecutive top flights victories for a first ever time.
The postponement of Wednesday’s game has given the squad an extra few days to focus on this one, with training still going ahead at the Tony Macaroni Arena despite the continued snow and freezing temperatures.
There’ll be returns to their former club for Marvin Bartley and Efe Ambrose whilst 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?
You can purchase a stream for this game from HibsTV and, if you so wish, opt to change the commentary to Livingston commentary instead.
This is priced at £15.00 and you can purchase/register for this here –
LFC Live subscribers can also listen to the live audio on there too.
August 2020 – Livingston 1-4 Hibernian
Livingston XI that day – McCrorie, Devlin (45), Brown, Fitzwater (81), Ambrose, Guthrie, Bartley, Pittman, Sibbald (45), Robinson (73) & Dykes.
Subs – Stryjek, McMillan, Taylor-Sinclair, Forrest (45), Crawford, Poplatnik (45), Kouider-Aïssa (81), Souda & Tiffoney (73).
Scorer – Lyndon Dykes (60)
Hibernian Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 35
Livingston Wins – 9
Draws – 5
Hibernian Wins – 21
Referee – David Munro.
Assistant Referees – Graeme Stewart & Paul O’Neill.
Fourth Official – Alan Muir.
SPFL Premiership Fixtures – Saturday 2nd January 2021 (All 3pm KO’s unless stated)
Rangers vs Celtic – 12.30pm
Aberdeen vs Dundee United
Hamilton Academical vs Motherwell
Hibernian vs Livingston
Kilmarnock vs St Mirren
Ross County vs St Johnstone