After a run of three away games in a row, the Lions are back home on Sunday as we welcome former manager John Hughes and his Ross County side to the Tony Macaroni Arena for the third time already this season.
You only have to go back to the 16th December for our last meeting with the Staggies, a 2-0 Betfred Cup quarter-final victory here in Livingston too. County followed that up with a 2-0 defeat at home to Hamilton which brought about the end of Stuart Kettlewell’s reign as manager with former Ross County player announcing in his post-match interview that he had been relieved of his duties.
“Yogi” was announced as the new manager and in place ahead of their next fixture just four days later, away to champions Celtic, where they were again on the end of a 2-0 defeat.
In the last two outings though, the Highland side have picked up 4 points thanks to a brilliant victory against Hibs at Easter Road before a hard earned point after a 1-1 draw at home to St Johnstone at the weekend. This ended a run of 6 straight defeats and will give County a lift as they look to lift themselves from the foot of the table.
Hughes spent 9 months in charge in West Lothian, taking over in February 2012 and departing in November of the same year. He helped the club to a 5th place finish at the end of the 2011/12 season, taking over from Gary Bollan before leaving to take over at Hartlepool.
He’ll now bring his Ross County side to Livingston looking to stop a run of 7 straight wins for the Lions since David Martindale took the reins.
This game sees the start of a run of 11 matches over 35 days in which the club will play 5 consecutive midweek matches, a double-header against champions Celtic and of course, our Betfred Cup semi-final with St Mirren.
Former Livingston defender Coll Donaldson returns to the Tony Macaroni Arena again whilst Josh Mullin welcomes his former teammates, looking for back-to-back wins.
A win for the Lions would also see us increase our new record from 5 to 6 consecutive top flights victories for a first ever time.
Martindale has no new injury concerns with new signing Gavin Reilly available to make his debut whilst long term absentees Keaghan Jacobs and Alan Lithgow both remain unavailable for this one.
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 Sunday 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 Sunday afternoon right here:
LFC Live subscribers can also listen to the live audio on there too.
December 2020 – Livingston 2-0 Ross County
Livingston XI that day – Stryjek, Devlin, Fitzwater, Serrano, Guthrie, Bartley, Pittman, Sibbald, Forrest (47), Mullin (62) & Robinson (76).
Subs – McCrorie, Brown (47), McMillan, Ambrose, Taylor-Sinclair, Holt (62), Lawson, Emmanuel-Thomas, Poplatnik (76).
Scorer – Craig Sibbald (4). Alan Forrest (24).
Ross County Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 28
Livingston Wins – 14
Draws – 9
Ross County Wins – 5
Referee – Alan Muir
Assistant Referees – Frank Connor & Calum Spence
Fourth Official – Lloyd Wilson.
SPFL Premiership Fixtures – Saturday 9th January 2021 (All 3pm KO’s unless stated)
Dundee United vs St Johnstone
Kilmarnock vs Hamilton
St Mirren vs Motherwell
Livingston vs Ross County (Sunday, 3pm)
Aberdeen vs Rangers (Sunday, 3pm)
Celtic vs Hibernian (Monday, 7.45pm)