We’ll try this one again then…!
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 Sunday’s win at home to Ross County, the Lions have now recorded 8 wins in a row, 6 of those in the league, and go in search of a victory over Aberdeen for the first-time since 2004.
Despite still sitting in third place in the Premiership table, the Dons come into this game with only one win in their last four outings however, they’ll be buoyed by a battling display with only 10-men for 65 minutes as they pushed league leaders Rangers close in a 2-1 defeat.
Our last meeting came back in August 2020 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.
A win for the Lions would see the gap close to 4 points between ourselves in 5th and Hibernian in 4th as well as reducing the gap on Aberdeen to 6 points too. However, three points for the visitors would see them move to within 2 points of Celtic in 2nd place so all to play for for both sides.
A home win would also see us record 7 consecutive top flights victories for a first ever time – a remarkable achievement!
Long term absentees Keaghan Jacobs and Alan Lithgow both remain unavailable for this one whilst Jack Fitzwater and Matej Poplatnik continue to train towards full fitness.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Raffa De Vita, Salim Kouider-Aïssa & 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 6.45pm 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 7.15pm 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.