It’s Betfred Cup quarter-final action for the Lions this midweek as Stuart Kettlewell brings his Ross County side to the Tony Macaroni Arena to do battle for a place in the semi-final.
This will be the third meeting between the sides already this season after Jon Guthrie’s goal in August sealed a home win before Nicky Devlin equalised up in Dingwall to secure a point on the road.
Ross County got to this stage in the competition after cruising past Arbroath, Elgin and Stirling as well as a draw with Montrose to top the group. That seen them paired with holders Celtic in the last-16 – a tie which many wouldn’t have given them much of a chance but the Staggies defied the odds to record a remarkable 2-0 win at Celtic Park thanks to goals from Ross Stewart and Alex Iacovitti.
That win was overshadowed by the ugly scenes that followed outside the ground as Celtic fans took to the car-park to voice their displeasure at the team and club board however, a first defeat in 36 cup matches shows just how massive a win that was for Ross County.
That form hasn’t been replicated in the league though as a run of nine games without a win has seen the Highland side drop to the foot of the table in recent weeks. In fact, you have to go back to mid-September to find the last league win for tomorrow’s visitors as a first-half Iain Vigurs goal proving enough for a 1-0 victory away to St Johnstone that afternoon.
Former Lion Coll Donaldson could line-up for the hosts with Richie Brittain in the dugout as Assistant Manager.
For the Lions, interim boss David Martindale looks to make it 4 wins from 4 and guide the team to a first, major cup semi-final since a 1-0 defeat at Easter Road against Dunfermline back in an utterly dismal 2005/06 season.
Alan Forrest has netted 6 times in the cup so far this season with his next goal being his 10th in all competitions. If he features, Saturday’s hero Scott Robinson will make his 100th appearance for the club, becoming the 5th player currently with the club to hit such a milestone.
This will be only the second ever meeting between the sides in the League Cup, with Ross County winning the only ever clash with Paul Di Giacomo and Andy Barrowman netting for the Staggies, either side of Iain Russell’s goal for the Lions back in 2010.
Scott Tiffoney misses out after limping off against St Johnstone on Saturday 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?
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November 2020 – Ross County 1-1 Livingston.
Livingston XI that day – Stryjek, Devlin, Brown (81), Guthrie, Bartley, Pittman, Sibbald (77), Forrest, Robinson, Lawson & Emmanuel-Thomas.
Subs – McCrorie, Fitzwater, McMillan, Ambrose (81), Taylor-Sinclair, Mullin, Holt, Poplatnik (77) & Tiffoney.
Scorer – Nicky Devlin (56).
Ross County Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 27
Livingston Wins – 13
Draws – 9
Ross County Wins – 5
Referee – Steven McLean
Assistant Referees – Andrew McWilliam & Craig Ferguson.
Fourth Official – Euan Anderson.
Betfred Cup Quarter-Final Ties (15th & 16th December)
Dunfermline Athletic vs St Johnstone – Tues 7.45pm
Alloa Athletic vs Hibernian – Tues 8pm
Livingston vs Ross County – Wed 7.45pm
St Mirren vs Rangers – Wed 8pm