It’s back to league business this weekend as we welcome Alex Dyer and his Kilmarnock side to the Tony Macaroni Arena after we picked up maximum points from our two Betfred Cup ties leading up to this one.
It’s been a difficult fortnight for the Rugby Park men after 6 players tested positive for COVID-19 leading to the entire first-team squad having to self-isolate for 14 days. Those 14 days only ended this week when the first-team were able to resume training on Wednesday.
This meant a postponement of their league tie with Motherwell two weeks ago with their opening Betfred Cup clash with Falkirk being forfeited last week. They did take to the field midweek for their second Betfred Cup match with Dunfermline, losing 3-0, but there were 9 debuts for Kilmarnock youth players with the bulk of the first-team squad still unavailable at that point.
They’ve all now since returned to training this week and will be looking to pick back up the form they had enjoyed prior to the outbreak which had seen them win 3 of their 4 last league ties.
Former Lion Ross Millen could line-up against the Lions for this one. He played 14 times for the club in the 2015-16 season before moving to Clyde, Queens Park and then into the Premiership with Kilmarnock.
For the Lions, Robby McCrorie, Ciaron Brown and Steve Lawson all return from international duty whilst new recruits Josh Mullin and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas could make their first league appearances of the season after impressing in the recent Betfred Cup fixtures.
Talking of Steve Lawson, if the Togo international features against Kilmarnock, he’ll be making his 50th appearance for the club.
Alan Forrest remains at the top of the goalscoring charts for the season on 4, already being chased down by Josh Mullin who’s grabbed 3 in first two games with Jon Guthrie joining Lyndon Dykes on 2.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Raffa De Vita, Salim Kouider-Aïssa & Jack Hamilton.
How to Watch the Game?
Season ticket holders can make use of the virtual aspect of their ticket and login on the following link from 2pm on Saturday to stream the game live – https://bit.ly/LFCVSTT
Non-season ticket holders, away fans and anyone else wishing to watch the game can also do so via pay-per-view at a cost of £20. You can sign up for this right up until 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon right here – http://ppv.livingstonfc.co.uk
LFC Live subscribers can also listen to the live audio on there too.
December 2019 – Livingston 3-0 Kilmarnock. (HT – 0-0)
Livingston XI that day – Sarkic, Lamie, Guthrie, Taylor-Sinclair, Bartley, Pittman, Sibbald, Lawless, Lawson, Dykes & Souda.
Subs – Stewart, Lithgow, Odoffin, McMillan, Jacobs, Robinson & Erskine.
Scorers – Guthrie (54), Dykes (65), Lawless (81).
Kilmarnock Last 6 Form
L-L*-W-W-L-W (3-0 defeat recorded against Falkirk but game forfeited due to COVID complications)
Overall H2H Record
Played – 24
Livingston Wins – 6
Draws – 3
Kilmarnock Wins – 15
Kilmarnock Summer Signings
Aaron Tshibola from Deportivo Aves.
Danny Rogers from Aberdeen.
Aaron McGowan from Hamilton.
Brandon Haunstrup from Portsmouth.
Clevid Dikamona from Heart of Midlothian.
Mitch Pinnock from AFC Wimbledon.
Danny Whitehall from Maidenhead United.
Youssouf Mulumbu (unattached).
Colin Doyle from Heart of Midlothian (loan).
Jake Eastwood from Sheffield United (loan).
Zeno Ibsen Rossi from Bournemouth (loan)
Referee – Greg Aitken.
Assistant Referees – David McGeachie & Craig Ferguson.
Fourth Official – Matthew MacDermid.