We wrap up our Betfred Cup group stage phase by welcoming Ian Murray and his Airdrieonians side to the Tony Macaroni Arena this afternoon.
The Diamonds defeat to Edinburgh City in midweek means they can no longer qualify from the group however, a win in this one could help build some momentum as they return to league duty next weekend with a trip to Forfar.
For the Lions, a 4th and final group stage win would complete a 100% record and ensure a place in the seeded half of Sunday night’s last 16 draw.
We could see three former Lions in the Airdrie squad today with Sean Crighton, Callum Fordyce and Dale Carrick all currently plying their trade with the League 1 side. All three have featured in all 7 of Airdrie’s games so far this season with Carrick leading the goalscoring charts with 4 in those 7 games.
Carrick was with us from 2016-2018, helping us with promotion from League 1 to Championship and then played the first-half of the Championship season before heading to Airdrie in the January window.
Crighton spent just the one season in Livingston back in 2016/17, captaining the side as we romped to the Leaguer 1 title before departing for Brechin City who would join us in the Championship.
“Dycey” broke through the youth system with the club and made his debut, against Airdrie funnily enough, in 2011 before going on to spend 5 seasons in the first-team, making 113 appearances and scoring 9 goals. Who could forget his hat-trick of headers against Cowdenbeath in 2013 and he, of course, grabbed the second goal in our Challenge Cup final victory against Alloa.
It’s been a mixed start to the league campaign for Airdrie who have recorded two wins and two defeats so far. Last weekend’s emphatic 5-0 win at home to Clyde looked like it may have really kick started the season however the midweek defeat to Edinburgh City stopped that momentum in its tracks.
For Livingston, if goalkeeper Gary Maley keeps his place between the sticks and manages to keep another clean-sheet, it would be the first-time we’d kept back-to-back clean sheets since January 2019.
Alan Forrest stretched his lead up the top of the goalscoring charts with a double during the week, moving him on to 6 goals for the season with Josh Mullin second with 3.
Robby McCrorie Steve Lawson & Ciaron Brown miss this one due to being on international duty. Long-term absentees Alan Lithgow and Keaghan Jacobs remain side-lined with injury.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Raffa De Vita, Salim Kouider-Aïssa, Jack Hamilton & Lars Lokotsch.
How to Watch the Game?
(Virtual) Season Tickets are not valid for cup clashes however, Pay-Per-View is available for this clash at a price of £15.
You can sign up for this right up until 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon right here – https://ppv.livingstonfc.co.uk/events
LFC Live subscribers can also listen to the live audio on there too.
July 2018 – Airdrieonians 1-2 Livingston.
Livingston XI that day – Kelly, Lamie, Lithgow, Halkett, Gallagher, Byrne, Pittman (65), Cadden (76), Robinson, K Miller, L Miller (77).
Subs – Maley, McMillan (76), Saunders, Crane, Clark, Sibbald (65) & Henderson (77).
Scorers – Scott Pittman (24) & Lee Miller (25).
Airdrieonians Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 25
Livingston Wins – 18
Draws – 3
Airdrieonians Wins – 4
Referee – David Munro.
Assistant Referees – Alan Mulvanny & Kevin McElhinney.
Fourth Official – N/A.