It’s Friday night football for the Lions as we head to Tannadice to take on Dundee United – our first competitive tie there since Raffa De Vita, Josh Mullin & Scott Pittman fired us into a first-leg lead in the Premiership play-off back in May 2018.
Since that evening, the Lions have gone on to enjoy two, successful season in the Premiership with the hosts spending those same two years battling for promotion from Championship, successfully doing so last campaign and going their place in the top flight for the current season.
A fairly similar start to us so far means only 3 points separate the sides going into this one with the incentive for the Lions being a win will see us leapfrog tonight’s hosts in the league table.
Micky Mellon’s side have been somewhat boosted by the return of Scotland striker Lawrence Shankland who has scored in each of their last two games after missing 5 of their opening 9 fixtures with injury.
In his absence, goals have been spread throughout the team with veteran striker Nicky Clark scoring twice whilst Peter Pawlett, Mark Reynolds and Adrian Sporle are all off and running for the season too.
This will be Dundee United’s fifth home game of the season having won once, drawn once and lost twice in the first four.
For the Lions, Scott Tiffoney opened his account for the season against St Johnstone last weekend with Alan Forrest going level with recently departed striker Lyndon Dykes with his second goal too. That goal was our 10th of the season with 7 different players (and an own goal) having hit the target.
If he features, this game could see Togo internationalist Steve Lawson notch up his 50th appearance for the club. He’d become the 8th player in the current squad to hit that milestone alongside Keaghan Jacobs, Scott Pittman, Alan Lithgow, Raffa De Vita, Scott Robinson, Craig Sibbald & Jack McMillan.
This will be the 27th meeting between the sides, with the teams currently level on 10 wins each and 6 draws.
We’ll take a break from league duty after this game, with our next two ties being Betfred Cup fixtures. We’ll head to take on Edinburgh City in the group opener at Spartans’ home ground Ainslie Park before playing host to Alloa Athletic at the Tony Macaroni Arena next weekend.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Salim Kouider-Aïssa & Jack Hamilton.
How to Watch the Game?
You can purchase a stream for this game from Dundee United and opt to change the commentary to Livingston commentary instead. This is priced at £12.50 and you can register for this here – http://ppv.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk/
LFC Live subscribers can also listen to the live audio on there too.
Last 6 Meetings
May 2018 – Livingston 1-1 Dundee United
May 2018 – Dundee United 2-3 Livingston
Apr 2018 – Dundee United 2-0 Livingston
Feb 2018 – Livingston 2-1 Dundee United
Dec 2017 – Dundee United 3-0 Livingston
Oct 2017 – Livingston 2-0 Dundee United
Dundee United Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 26
Livingston Wins – 10
Draws – 6
Dundee United Wins – 10
Dundee United Summer Signings
Jack Newman from Sunderland.
Ryan Edwards from Blackpool.
Florent Hoti from Rochdale.
Luke Bolton from Manchester City (loan).
Referee – John Beaton.
Assistant Referees – Stuart Stevenson & Gary Hilland.
Fourth Official – Gavin Ross.