Two sides that will be hoping to break into the top half of the Scottish Premiership table this season meet at the Almondvale Stadium, as Motherwell takes on Livingston this Saturday. The two sides finished their previous campaign sat side-by-side in the table, with seven points separating them. Out of the four times these two sides met last season, Motherwell secured two wins, alongside one loss and one draw. The only time Livingston emerged victorious was when they played at their home ground.
Gary Holt will be hoping his side can replicate the same form they have shown throughout their Scottish League Cup group stage fixtures this weekend against Motherwell. The hosts qualified from their group with ease after securing four wins from four games. The first of their wins came against Falkirk, which after regulation time ended 1-1, but Livingston clinched the win on penalties. The next two games saw them come up against Ayr and Stranraer FC, beating both sides 2-1. The final group stage fixture had them go up against Berwick Rangers, from which Livingston will have been delighted to have secured a 5-0 win.
Motherwell also made light work of their opponents in their Scottish League Cup group, also managing to secure four wins. The first of their victories come against Queen of the South, who put up little resistance to their opponent’s attack as they suffered a 3-0 defeat. Motherwell continued on their rampant run in the following game against Greenock Morton, who they swept aside with a 4-0 win. Steve Robinson’s men kept their clean sheet record intact in the following game also, as they picked up a 2-0 win against Dumbarton, which was followed by an impressive 4-0 victory over Annan Athletic.
Ricki Lamie had an outstanding game from left-back in his last outing, with the defender bagging two goals. Craig Sibbald also displayed a strong performance with the winger scoring a brace of goals himself, so you can expect to see both on the field on Saturday.
The highly-rated David Turnbull is expected to miss at least another month of action through a knee issue, while Christy Manzinga is also missing. Mark Gillespie has between the sticks throughout the last four games and has kept four consecutive clean sheets, so expect to see him in the starting XI. Liam Donnelly showed his class in front of goal in his last outing, with the defender bagging a brace against Annan Athletic.
This has the makings of a close fixture with both sides finishing last season in a similar fashion, while their Scottish League Cup fixtures were also mirrored. We fancy both sides to get on the scoresheet in this one but an outright winner is hard to call. Livingston arrive as slight favourites according to the bookies with a price of 2.62, compared to their opponents who sit at 2.75.