Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Livingston

Saturday, 10th Feb 2018

Ladbrokes Championship: (away) v Livingston, Saturday 10th February 2018, at Tony Macaroni Arena

This match postponed initially on 30th December will take Dunfermline back to the West Lothian ground where their league season began.

Livingston come into this match on the back of an impressive 3-0 win at The Falkirk Stadium last Saturday and so go into this Saturday`s match in third place six points ahead of Dunfermline.

Record: League v Livingston (Away)
Pld 19 W4 D9 L6 F17 A25

Milestones Livingston (Away)
Last League Victory # | 15/11/08 | 3-2| Div 1
Last League Defeat # | 08/12/12 | 1-2 | Div 1
Best League Victory * | 24/04/78 | 4-2 | Div 2
Worst League Defeat* | 08/04/86 | 0-4 | Div 2

# As Livingston * As Meadowbank Thistle

The last match between the sides ended in a 3-1 win for Dunfermline Athletic. A second minute goal from Kallum Higginbotham got the Pars off to a great start. Fraser Aird scored with a fantastic strike on the half hour and Higginbotham made it 3-0, seven minutes from the break. Danny Mullen scored a consolation three minutes from full time.

Last Twelve League matches
Date | H/A | F-A | Scorers
20/10/17 | H | 3-1 | [1-0] Higginbotham [2-0] Aird, [3-0] Higginbotham, [3-1] Mullen
05/08/17 | A | 1-1 | [0-1] Pitman, [1-1] Higginbotham
30/03/13 | A | 2-2 | [1-0] Thomson, [1-1] Andreu, [2-1] McNulty, [2-2] Husband (pen.)
26/01/13 | H | 0-1 | [0-1] Andreu
08/12/12 | A | 1-2 | [0-1] Garcia, [0-2] Mullen, [1-2] Barrowman
22/09/12 | H | 4-0 | [1-0] Barrowman, [2-0] McMillan, [3-0] Thomson, [4-0] Barrowman
17/03/09 | A | 2-4 | [0-1] McParland, [1-1] Bell, [1-2] Davidson, [2-2] Graham. [2-3] Davidson, [2-4] Griffiths
30/12/08 | H | 1-0 | [1-0] Shields
15/11/08 | A | 3-2 | [0-1] McPake, [1-1] Kirk, [2-1] Bayne, [2-2] Elliott, [3-2] Kirk
30/08/08 | H | 1-2 | [0-1] Griffiths, [1-1] Kirk, [1-2] Griffiths
01/03/08 | H | 1-1 | [1-0] Burke, [1-1] Dorrans
02/01/08 | A | 2-0 | [1-0] Hamilton, [2-0] Burchill

Dunfermline may have failed to win in the last four visits but before that they had made the trip five times without defeat. The Pars have won five of the last dozen league meetings with Livingston, losing four with the other three ending in draws.

Last Meeting at Livingston
Ladbrokes Championship - Saturday 5th August 2017
Livingston 1 Dunfermline 1

With Nicky Clark out after an ankle operation, striker Declan McManus serving a two league matches suspension and David Hopkirk just returning from injury, manager Allan Johnston was lacking options upfront. New signing Fraser Aird went straight into the team with Kallum Higginbotham expected to play further forward. The only other change was Jean-Yves M`Voto replacing the injured Callum Morris.

A Livi corner on the right after 30 minutes led to the opener. Taken short to Scott PITTMAN who cut inside and released a low shot from the edge of the box that travelled through all the legs and into the Fifers net. 1-0

In 63 minutes Joe Cardle was taken down on the right side of the box and this time referee Alan Newlands pointed to the spot. Kallum HIGGINBOTHAM grabbed the ball and then stuck it past Neil Alexander. 1-1

Five minutes from the end M`Voto`s challenge on Danny Mullen on the left side of the box earned the home side a penalty kick. Mullen assumed responsibility and sent his spot kick attempt right. Sean Murdoch dived the right way low and pushed the ball away.

LIVINGSTON: Neil Alexander: Declan Gallagher, Craig Halkett (c), Alan Lithgow, Keaghan Jacobs, Josh Mullin (Nicky Cadden 84), Scott Pittman, Shaun Byrne, Daniel Mullen (Nikolay Todorov 90+2), Jackson Longridge, Dale Carrick (Raffaele De Vita 67).
SUBS NOT USED: Matthew Knox, Scott Robinson, Josh Peters, Gary Maley (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch (c): Ryan Williamson, Jean Yves M`Voto, Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin: Fraser Aird (David Hopkirk 40), Michael Paton, Nat Wedderburn, Joe Cardle: Kallum Higginbotham, Callum Smith (Dean Shiels 65).
SUBS NOT USED: Scott Lochhead, Aaron Splaine, Jason Talbot, Conner Duthie, Cammy Gill (GK)

Form last six matches

Morton (A) L 1-2
St Mirren (H) L 1-2
Morton (H) L 1-2
Dundee United (H) D 0-0
Dumbarton (A) W 1-0
Falkirk (H) W 2-0

Falkirk (A) W 3-1
Dumbarton (H) W 2-0
Falkirk (H) L 0-1
Brechin City (A) W 2-0
Queen of the South (H) L 0-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) D 1-1

Recent Form

League Position: 5th
League Points: 33
League Record: P23 W9 D6 L8 GF39 GA28
Goal Difference: +11
Last Six League Match Form: WWWDLL

League Position: 3rd
League Points: 39
League Record: P22 W11 D6 L5 GF36 GA25
Goal Difference: +11
Last Six League Match Form: WDLWWW

Last Time Out

Lee Robinson: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Jean Yves M`Voto, Jason Talbot: James Craigen, Nat Wedderburn, Tom Beadling, Joe Cardle: Nicky Clark, Declan McManus.
SUBS NOT USED: Andy Ryan, Fraser Aird, Lee Ashcroft, Daniel Armstrong, Michael Paton, James Vincent, Cammy Gill (GK)

LIVINGSTON (v Falkirk): Neil Alexander: Craig Halkett, Alan Lithgow, Declan Gallagher, Jordan Thompson: Shaun Byrne, Scott Pitman, Nicky Cadden (Josh Mullin 80), Ryan Hardie (Gregor Buchanan 84), Raffael Da Vita, Lee Miller (Steven Boyd 76)
SUBS NOT USED: Steven Boyd, Scott Robinson, Jackson Longridge, Gary Maley (GK).

Referee will be Greg Aitken.

Other Championship Fixtures
There are none due to William Hill Scottish Cup ties.

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