We’re back at the Tony Macaroni Arena this weekend as we welcome Stephen Robinson’s Motherwell side to West Lothian for our second meeting of the season.
A 4-0 win against Ross County last weekend was Motherwell’s first game since the 27th September after games with Kilmarnock and St Mirren were cancelled with both opponents having players and staff testing positive with COVID-19. Amongst that, an International break where Motherwell had no participation in the Betfred Cup meant that the Steelmen went almost a month without playing.
That break seemed to have benefited them though as they cruised to a comfortable victory against the Staggies last weekend – a win that would see them leap above us in the table on goal difference.
It’s been 3 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats in the league so far for the Fir Park side which sees them sit on the same 11 point mark as ourselves, however, those two postponements mean they’ve only played 10 league games to our 12.
The Steelmen also enjoyed a brief Europa League run at the start of the season, defeating Glentoran and Coleraine before losing out away to Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva.
There’ll be three familiar faces on show in Motherwell colours for this one with Declan Gallagher (now Motherwell captain), Jordan White and Ricki Lamie all lining up for the hosts. Robbie Crawford, who is on loan at Motherwell from us at the minute, won’t feature this weekend, having made his debut in Saturday’s 4-0 win.
For the Lions, a much improved second-half performance wasn’t enough to see us going down 2-0 at Ibrox on Sunday to make it back-to-back defeats. However, a 1-0 win against Motherwell in our last meeting here in Livingston back in February will give the squad some degree of confidence going into this one. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair scored the winner that day in what would be one of our most polished and accomplished performances of the season.
Robby McCrorie was ineligible for that clash against his parent club at the weekend but will be available for selection again on Saturday. Long-term absentees Alan Lithgow and Keaghan Jacobs remain out for this one.
Both Marvin Bartley and Steve Lawson sit on 49 appearances for the club so if either feature this weekend, they’ll hit the half century mark.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Raffa De Vita, Salim Kouider-Aïssa, Jack Hamilton & Lars Lokotsch.
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://lfclive.livingstonfc.co.uk
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.
August 2020 – Motherwell 2-2 Livingston.
Livingston XI that day – McCrorie, Brown (19), Fitzwater, Guthrie, Taylor-Sinclair (79), Bartley, Pittman, Sibbald, Forrest, Robinson (67) & Dykes.
Subs – Stryjek, Devlin, McMillan (79), Ambrose (19), Holt, Poplatnik, Souda (67), Tiffoney & Hamilton.
Scorers – Dykes (11 pen), Forrest (69).
Motherwell Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 28
Livingston Wins – 9
Draws – 6
Motherwell Wins – 13
Referee – John Beaton.
Assistant Referees – Dougie Potter & Drew Kirkland.
Fourth Official – Craig Napier.