It’s midweek football for the Lions as we take on Brian Rice and his Hamilton Academical side at the FOYS Stadium in our last game before Christmas.
This will be our first trip to Hamilton so far this season, with our last visit there back in January seeing the Lions run out convincing 4-2 winners thanks to goals from Craig Sibbald, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Steven Lawless and Scott Pittman.
Our only meeting with the Accies so far this season was here at The Tony Macaroni Arena where the visitors fought back from a goal down to leave West Lothian with all three points after a late winner from Kyle Munro sealed a 2-1 win.
Since then, Hamilton have only managed three league wins, the most recent of which came in Dingwall on Saturday, with that 2-0 success also sealing the fate of County manager Stuart Kettlewell who was dismissed following the game.
Incredibly, only one point separates Accies in 11th and ourselves in 7th with Wednesday’s hosts having played one more game so it’s certainly all to play for!
Former Lion Hakeem Odoffin is likely to line-up against us for this one having become a regular at the heart of the Hamilton defence and more recently, pushing forward into somewhat of a defensive midfield role. Midfielder Ross Callachan netted his 5th league goal of the season in the 2-0 win on Saturday, a strike which sees him top the goalscoring charts for Accies – one ahead of Hakeem on 4.
For the Lions, it’s a first game in charge for Davie Martindale and assistant Liam Fox since both being officially appointed in the last few days. With that said, Martindale will be hoping to carry on his 100% interim record with a fifth win in a row – a feat not achieved since December/January of last season.
A win would also see the Lions record back to back away wins in the top flight for the first time since the 2003/04 season where we picked up wins on the road at Pittodrie (3-0) and Easter Road (2-0) in the September and October 2003.
Should midfielder Josh Mullin feature, he’ll make his 100th appearance for the club having racked up 88 in his first spell here and a further 11 so far going into this one.
Marvin Bartley misses out due to suspension while long term absentees Keaghan Jacobs and Alan Lithgow both remain unavailable for this one too.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Raffa De Vita, Salim Kouider-Aïssa, Jack Hamilton & Lars Lokotsch.
How to Watch the Game?
You can purchase a stream for this game from Accies TV and, if you so wish, opt to change the commentary to Livingston commentary instead.
This is priced at £15.00 and you can purchase/register for this here:
LFC Live subscribers can also listen to the live audio on there too.
September 2020 – Livingston 1-2 Hamilton.
Livingston XI that day – McCrorie, Devlin, Serrano, Ambrose, Guthrie, Bartley, Pittman, Forrest, Robinson (86), Holt (62) & Lokotsch (62).
Subs – Stryjek, McMillan, Taylor-Sinclair, Sibbald (62), Crawford, Lawson, Poplatnik, Kouider-Aïssa (86) & Tiffoney (62).
Scorer – Shaun Want (OG) (1)
Hamilton Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 36
Livingston Wins – 9
Draws – 12
Hamilton Wins – 15
Referee – Gavin Duncan.
Assistant Referees – Douglas Ross & Drew Kirkland.
Fourth Official – John Beaton.
SPFL Premiership Fixtures – Wednesday 23rd December 2020 (All 6pm KO’s unless stated)
Celtic vs Ross County
Hamilton Academical vs Livingston
Hibernian vs St Mirren
St Johnstone vs Rangers
Motherwell vs Aberdeen – 6.15pm KO
Dundee United vs Kilmarnock – 6.30pm KO