Livingston are our weekend opponents, as we travel through to West Lothian in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Here’s a look at the Lions.
The story so far
Having won plaudits for winning promotion and staying up in the top flight in 2018/19, Gary Holt’s side have continued to defy expectation this term.
Despite losing a host of key men, including Declan Gallagher, Craig Halkett and Liam Kelly, they’ve played their way into top six contention with a string of impressive results.
Sitting eight points above seventh spot, Gary Holt’s men are only another couple of victories away from guaranteeing their place in the top half come the split.
Livingston’s recent form demonstrates their ability to get results. With four straight wins in all competitions, and only one defeat in their last 10, they are one of the top form teams in the league.
Ominously, they’ve also won their last five at home, and are unbeaten there since a 1-0 loss to Rangers in early November.
Three to watch
Livingston captain Marvin Bartley has often been the shining light for the Lions in a season in which Gary Holt’s side have continually impressed.
His ability to break up the play and protect the defence has also given licence for the likes of Scott Pittman and Craig Sibbald to demonstrate their attacking threat – with both men getting on the scoresheet in the 4-2 win at Hamilton last weekend.
Bartley has already accumulated 30 appearances this season for Livi, scoring his only goal in the 1-1 draw with Hearts at the tail end of 2019.
Coming through the ranks at Fir Park, Steven Lawless found first team opportunities hard to come by. But he has gone on to enjoy a successful career with Partick Thistle and now at Livingston.
With three goals in three matches so far in 2020, the 28-year-old will be desperate to continue his rich vein of form when he comes up against his former side.
Lawless scored Livi’s equaliser in their 2-1 defeat at Fir Park earlier on in the season and since departing ‘Well has proved to be a bit of a thorn in the side of the Steelmen – netting four times against them since departing the club back in 2012.
In a season in which Livingston are yet again showing their ability to defy the odds, Lyndon Dykes has proven to be a magnificent signing for the West Lothian side.
The Australian-born striker, who is eligible to play for Scotland through his parents, was linked with a call-up to the Steve Clarke’s squad after putting Celtic to the sword in 2-0 victory back in October and his goal tally for the season currently sits at 11.
Dykes has now pledged his allegiance to Scotland and his excellent form must have propelled him on to the radar of the national boss. His combative style alongside his power, pace and finishing abilities will make him a real handful for any defence.
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