Having impressed during their first year back in the top flight, Livingston are looking to progress in 2019/20.
Early signs are that they are capable of doing so, with another strong start to the campaign.
The story so far
The Lions are currently sixth in the Ladbrokes Premiership table after the first round of fixtures – producing some strong performances along the way.
Last month’s 2-0 success over Celtic at the Tony Macaroni Arena gathered positive headlines across the country and it was a game where Gary Holt’s side showed their battling spirit.
But there was more to the victory that. All over the pitch they battled harder than their opponents, they are direct, physical and ruthlessly effective.
Despite the success over the champions, Holt urged his side to step up their performance levels, after witnessing a drop off in results following on from a strong start and his side have responded with better displays in the draws against Hearts and Hibernian.
Livingston host Rangers next Sunday before visiting Celtic Park following the international break, so the upcoming run of fixtures will be a big test of Holt’s side. They were forced to settle for a share of the spoils on Wednesday night despite leading Hibs 2-0 at Easter Road and they visit Fir Park today having won just one of their last seven league fixtures.
The previous meeting between Livingston and Motherwell this season ended in a drab goalless draw on the opening day. ‘Well came out on top in two of the three clashes between the two teams at Fir Park in 2018-19, with the game in October 2018 finishing 1-1.
Three to watch
After dropping down the leagues following his release by Motherwell in the summer of 2013, Nicky Devlin has progressed back through the ranks of the game to return to the top level of Scottish football.
Devlin joined Stenhousemuir after leaving Fir Park and a season later moved on to Ayr United. He made over 100 league appearances for the Honest Men before heading down south to join Walsall where he would establish himself as a regular.
Walsall were relegated from League One last season and despite being offered a new contract with The Saddlers, the 26-year-old opted to return to Scotland and join Livingston. He has played in all but one of their Scottish Premiership fixtures so far this season and despite missing the midweek clash with Hibernian, he’s expected to return to the Livi squad for today’s fixture.
Livingston’s all-time record appearance holder Keaghan Jacobs was rewarded with his testimonial match last month.
Jacobs has made over 300 appearances across two spells with the Lions and in scoring in the 2-0 win against Motherwell last season, the South African midfielder became the first player to have scored for the club in each of the four professional leagues in Scotland.
The 30-year-old isn’t the only member of the Jacobs family to have pulled on a yellow jersey, in fact he once he only makes up 25%. As Livingston faced Albion Rovers in April 2010, Keaghan lined up alongside his triplet brothers Devon, Kyle and Sheldon – the first time that four brothers had featured in a senior match.
A standout performer in Livi’s 2-0 victory over Celtic was powerful forward Lyndon Dykes with the 24-year-old notching the decisive second goal by looping the ball over the head of Fraser Forster.
Such was the impression made by Dykes, he was tipped for an unexpected call-up to Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the fixtures against Russia and San Marino. He would find himself overlooked on this occasion, though if he keeps up his current performance levels then it won’t be long before the former Queen of the South man is pulling on the dark blue of Scotland.
Born in Australia, Dykes qualifies to play for Scotland through his parents who were both born in Dumfries. So far this season he has contested more aerial duels than any other player in the Scottish Premiership.
Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office. You can also pay at the gate.
|Adult||£24 / £20|
|Over 60s / 16-18s / Students||£17 / £16|
|Ticket for one adult plus two under 16s||£28 / £24|
The cheaper price is for our John Hunter stand only.
Away supporters can pay at the gate.
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