It’s our second Betfred Cup group clash of the week as we welcome Alloa Athletic to the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Goals from Josh Mullin (2), Scott Robinson, Matej Poplatnik & Lars Lokotsch saw the Lions get off to a comfortable start on Tuesday with a 5-1 win away to Edinburgh City meaning we top Group H after the first round of games.
It was also a winning start for the Wasps who beat League 1 side Airdrieonians on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Alan Trouten and Robert Thomson.
Stenhousemuir were the side not in action in midweek – they begin their own Betfred Cup campaign away to Edinburgh City this weekend with Airdrieonians the team sitting out this time around.
There will be two very familiar faces within the Alloa squad this weekend with former Lions Liam Buchanan and Stefan Scougall lining up for the visitors. Buchs was part of the squad that fired us back to the Championship in the 2016/17 season, scoring 41 times in 90 appearances whilst at the club. Scougs only joined the Wasps midweek and is line to make his debut against us. It’ll be 6 days short of exactly 10 years since he made his debut for the Lions from the bench as a 17-year-old back on 16th October 2010 in a 4-1 home win against Stenhousemuir.
Our last meeting with Alloa was also here at The Tony Macaroni Arena back in 2017 where goals from Scott Pittman & Jackson Longridge sealed not only a 2-1 win, but also the League 1 title. 6 players in our squad that day still remain at the club – Scott Pittman, Josh Mullin, Keaghan Jacobs, Raffa De Vita, Gary Maley & Alan Lithgow.
After this game, we’re not back in Betfred Cup action until Tuesday 10th November when we take on Stenhousemuir before wrapping up the group stage at home to Airdrieonians on Saturday 14th November. The 8 group winners along with the 4 best runners-up will progress to join Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Motherwell in the last 16.
Robby McCrorie, Ciaron Brown and Steve Lawson will all miss this one due to international duty whilst new signing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas could feature, making his debut for the club.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Salim Kouider-Aïssa & Jack Hamilton.
How to Watch the Game?
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April 2017 – Livingston 2-1 Alloa Athletic.
Livingston XI that day – Kelly, Longridge, Lithgow, Halkett, Gallagher, Byrne, Mullin, Pittman, Buchanan, Mullen & De Vita.
Subs – Maley, Crighton, Cadden, Ke. Jacobs, Sinclair, Knox, Todorov.
Scorers – Pittman (16), Longridge (49).
Alloa Athletic Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 37
Livingston Wins – 25
Draws – 8
Alloa Athletic Wins – 4
Alloa Athletic Summer Signings
Nicky Jamieson from Queens Park.
Ray Grant from Clyde.
Edin Lynch from Edinburgh City.
Stefan Scougall from Carlisle.
Lee Connelly from Sunderland (loan).
Innes Murray from Hibernian (loan).
Referee – Alan Muir.
Assistant Referees – Graham Chambers & Gary Hilland.
Fourth Official – N/A.