We take another break from league duty this weekend and turn our attention back to the Betfred Cup as we welcome Mark Kerr and his Ayr United side to the Tony Macaroni Arena for our last-16 tie.
The Honest Men qualified for this stage having topped Group F which consisted of Annan Athletic, Stranraer, Hamilton Accies and Albion Rovers. Despite losing the opening game to Hamilton, Ayr defeated Annan and Albion Rovers and despite drawing with Stranraer, the bonus point from a victorious penalty-shootout meant Ayr topped the group.
In the Championship, it’s been 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat for the Somerset Park men with last weekend’s 2-0 win at home to Dundee lifting them into 4th place in the table.
Ex-Lion Michael Miller will return to the Tony Macaroni Arena with Ayr United for this one having enjoyed a season with the Lions in 2016/17, helping steer us to the League One title with 22 appearances and 3 goals.
For the Lions, Nicky Devlin and Alan Forrest will both line-up against their former side having racked up over 350 appearances between them in their time with Ayr along with Scott Tiffoney who spent the tail end of last season on-loan there too.
An appearance for Jon Guthrie will see him make his 50th showing for the club since joining from Walsall last summer.
It’ll also be a first game in charge for Davie Martindale & Tony Caig who will take interim charge of the team following the resignation of Gary Holt on Thursday. They’ll be hoping to kick-start their leadership by booking a place in the last 8 of the competition.
Should we win, that last-8 draw will take place on Sunday evening following the Falkirk vs Rangers tie, live on Premier Sports – approximately at 7pm. The last-8 ties will be played between 15-17th December.
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?
(Virtual) Season Tickets are not valid for cup clashes however, Pay-Per-View is available for this match 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 2019 – Livingston 2-1 Ayr United.
Livingston XI that day – Ross Stewart, Nicky Devlin, Alan Lithgow, Ricki Lamie, Cece Pepe, Marvin Bartley (72), Scott Pittman, Stevie Lawless (79), Robbie Crawford, Aymen Souda (65) & Lyndon Dykes.
Subs – Matija Sarkic, Jack McMillan, Keaghan Jacobs (72), Chris Erskine (79), Raffa De Vita, Lee Miller & Scott Tiffoney (65).
Scorers – Aymen Souda (25) & Ricki Lamie (83).
Ayr United Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 25
Livingston Wins – 11
Draws – 4
Ayr United Wins – 10
Referee – David Munro.
Assistant Referees – David McGeachie & Michael Banks.
Fourth Official – Steven McLean.
Full Betfred Cup Last-16 Card (All Saturday 3pm unless stated otherwise)
Alloa Athletic vs Heart of Midlothian
Arbroath vs Dunfermline Athletic
Hibernian vs Dundee
Livingston vs Ayr United
Motherwell vs St Johnstone
St Mirren vs Aberdeen – 5.15pm
Celtic vs Ross County – Sunday 2pm
Falkirk vs Rangers – Sunday 5pm