After Friday’s fantastic win at Tannadice, we head straight into our Betfred Cup campaign as we travel to Ainslie Park to take on League 2 side, Edinburgh City.
The only previous meeting between the sides came in the same competition back in the 2016/17 season when we were drawn in the same group alongside St Mirren, Ayr United and Hamilton Accies. On that occasion, the game was played at Meadowbank Stadium with the Lions running out comfortable 3-0 winners.
A lot has changed since then though – no more than the fact that at that time, we were in League 1, going on to win the division that season before of course, being promoted from the Championship and now into our third season as a top flight club.
For the hosts, the 2016/17 campaign was their first in League 2, having been promoted from the Lowland League the season previous. Having ensured survival in the division in both the 16-17 season and 17-18 season, the Citizens would finish in 3rd place in the 18-19 season, losing out in the play-offs to eventual winners Clyde.
Last season, Edinburgh City would be the closest challengers to Champions Cove Rangers however, the early end to the season coupled with no playoffs meant James McDonagh’s side would have to settle for 2nd place.
It’s safe to say that the Edinburgh side will have their sights set on the League 2 title this campaign.
Talisman striker Blair Henderson will be on to watch, racking up 45 goals in 67 appearance for City, with the addition of Ouzy See adding extra fire power to the frontline for the season ahead.
Former Lion Callum Crane could line-up against on Tuesday night.
For the Lions, Robby McCrorie, Steve Lawson and Ciaron Brown will all miss out on international duty so an opportunity for others to be involved in the squad.
New additions Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Josh Mullin could feature. Strangely enough, Josh’s first goal for the club in his first stint came away to Edinburgh City – could that be an omen?!
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Salim Kouider-Aïssa & Jack Hamilton.
How to Watch the Game?
Edinburgh City are offering a stream for this game priced at £9.99 and you can register for this here – https://www.ecfctv.com
July 2016 – Edinburgh City 0-3 Livingston.
Livingston XI that day – Kelly, Miller, Longridge, Lithgow, Crighton, Halkett, Byrne, Mullin, Cadden, Mullen, Carrick.
Subs – Jamieson, Pittman, Sinclair, Watt, Buchanan, Orr, Knox.
Scorers – Mullin (27), Mullen (45) & Buchanan (76).
Edinburgh City Last 6 Form
W-D-D-L-W-L (all fixtures from 2019/20 season)
Overall H2H Record
Played – 1
Livingston Wins – 1
Draws – 0
Edinburgh City Wins – 0
Edinburgh City Summer Signings
Kelby Mason from Heart of Midlothian.
Ouzy See from Albion Rovers.
Lee Hamilton from Stranraer.
Danny Jardine from Stirling Albion.
Josh Campbell from Hibernian (loan).
Zac Butterworth from Rangers (loan).
Referee – William Collum.
Assistant Referees – John McCrossan & Colin Drummond.
Fourth Official – N/A.