It’s the second of a four game run of home matches this weekend as we welcome Jim Goodwin and his St Mirren side to West Lothian for the first-time this season.
We opened up the 2020/21 campaign against the Buddies in Paisley but a first-half header from defender Richard Tait meant it was a losing start for the Lions.
Since then, neither side has gone on to have a particularly great start to the season however, we currently sit 4 points above the Saints having played three games more.
The visitors will face somewhat of a backlog of fixtures having endured a torrid time over the past few weeks with positive COVID-19 cases in the camp leading to a number of postponements. Whilst we all adapt to a change in way of doing things within football clubs and at home, it goes without saying that everyone at Livingston FC hopes everyone affected at St Mirren has been able to make a full recovery, with the health and wellbeing of everyone the most important thing.
On the field, the Betfred Cup has given the Saints the chance to try and find form, having failed to record a victory in the league since back in August – a run spanning 8 league games.
Welcome wins against Partick Thistle and Queens Park will have raise spirit in the camp as the visitors look to close the gap this weekend.
For the Lions, a draw in Dingwall stopped the rot somewhat after 3 defeats in a row and that point against Ross County was followed up with 4-0 and 4-1 wins in the Betfred Cup against Stenhousemuir and Airdrieonians.
Both fixtures with St Mirren here at the Tony Macaroni Arena last season resulted in 2-1 wins for the Lions with goals from Stevie Lawless and Lyndon Dykes securing the most recent win with Dykes and Alan Lithgow putting the Buddies to the sword first-time round in the last campaign.
Alan Forrest bagged 4 goals in those two games taking him to 8 for the season – only 4 behind 2019/20 top goal scorer Lyndon Dykes’ final total of 12. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas opened his account for the club from the penalty spot last weekend and quickly followed that up with his second from close range – he’ll be hoping to carry that into this weekend and net his first league goal for the Lions.
Robby McCrorie, Steve Lawson and Ciaron Brown all return from International duty for this one whilst Alan Lithgow and Keaghan Jacobs both remain unavailable due to injury.
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 – St Mirren 1-0 Livingston.
Livingston XI that day – McCrorie, Devlin, Fitzwater, Guthrie, Ambrose, Taylor-Sinclair (83), Bartley, Pittman, Sibbald (68), Forrest (61) & Dykes.
Subs – Stryjek, Pignatiello, McMillan, Crawford, Robinson (68), Kouider-Aïssa (61), Souda (83), Tiffoney & Hamilton.
St Mirren Last 6 Form
(*win on penalties)
Overall H2H Record
Played – 23
Livingston Wins – 9
Draws – 4
St Mirren Wins – 10
Referee – William Collum.
Assistant Referees – Frank Connor & David Doig.
Fourth Official – Graham Grainger.