Livingston host St. Mirren at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday afternoon for a 3pm kick off in the Scottish Premiership. The visitors are currently placed in eighth spot as they prepare for this early season clash, whereas the home side occupy third, just four points from league leaders and reigning champions Celtic having drawn twice and one on a single occasion thus far.
Livingston’s 2019/2020 Premiership campaign got off to a rather dull start as they played out a scoreless draw with Motherwell on home soil, but the goals were soon flowing when they met St. Johnstone the following week. There, Scott Pitman put Livingston in the driving seat and Steven Lawless doubled their advantage shortly before the interval. Fans will have been disappointed by the second half though, with their opponents fighting back and rescuing a point. Livingston made no mistake in holding onto their lead versus Ross County however, running out 1-4 victors thanks to strikes from John Guthrie, Lawless, Lyndon Dykes, and Jack Stobbs finished off Stuart Kettlewell’s men after they pulled one goal back.
St. Mirren have seen just three goals scored in each of their opening encounters up to now, losing twice and coming out on top just once. First it was Hibernian who were victorious over Jim Goodwin’s side by a solitary goal netted by Scott Allan with five minutes remaining, but St. Mirren responded to that defeat positively by beating Aberdeen upon the visitors’ visit to The Simple Digital Arena. On that day it was Ilkay Durmus who got on the scoresheet, however the 25 year old didn’t play in the game against Rangers where his team were seen off 0-1, Borna Barisic the scorer for Steven Gerrard’s title hopefuls.
Livingston have won half of the last six meetings between these two sides, including two home victories in that time. St. Mirren are winless in ninety minutes away from home since before pre-season, Livingston have not been beaten at their own ground since the start of July.
All three of St. Mirren’s matches so far have finished 1-0, regardless of whether they have won or lost. Two of those games have ended in favour of the opposition and they haven’t scored in two of their first three outings. Livingston have kept a clean sheet in their past two home matches.
Livingston are undefeated in ten matches.
St. Mirren have failed to score in each of their previous three away games.
In their last three matches, Livingston have netted eight goals.
Cece Pepe is a doubt due to a knock, and Hakeem Odofin could also miss out with a knee injury. Lee Miller sustained a knock at the beginning of this month and hasn’t played since, so he will likely remain out of Saturday’s matchup, while Scott Robinson could be forced out after picking up an injury in the win over Ross County.
Code Cooke will return to action in April of next year as he continues rehabilitation following his unfortunate cruciate ligament injury that was sustained earlier in August, while teammate Stephen McGinn will be assessed ahead of the affair as he makes his way back from a hamstring problem. Fans will be hoping that forwards Jonathan Obika and Daniel Mullen can start hitting the back of the net soon with neither adding to the scoreline as of yet this season.