Dec 16, 2020 at 7.45pm UK
Ross CountyRoss County
Sibbald (4'), Forrest (24')
Serrano (38'), Brown (66'), (89')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Vigurs (55'), Gardyne (90+4')

Preview: Livingston vs. Ross County - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Scottish League Cup clash between Livingston and Ross County, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Livingston host Ross County in the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday evening with both sides looking to reach the semi-finals of the competition.

The Lions have won all five of their League Cup matches this season, scoring 19 goals in the process, while the Staggies defeated 19-time champions Celtic in the previous round.

Match preview

Since the resignation of head coach Gary Holt in November, Livingston have recorded three consecutive victories, including last weekend's 2-1 win away at St Johnstone.

Scott Robinson came off the bench to put the Lions in front midway through the second half and they were able to hold on for the three points, claiming their second away victory of the season.

The appointment of interim boss David Martindale has had an instant impact, with Livingston scoring eight times in three matches, including four goals in their Scottish League Cup victory over Ayr United.

That result has set up Wednesday night's match with Ross County, whom they have beaten in the last two home matches played against them by an aggregate score of 5-0.

Another victory over the Staggies would send them into their first League Cup semi-final since the 2005-06 campaign.

Ross County's miserable league form continued last weekend as they lost 2-0 away at Aberdeen, which was their 10th defeat of the season.

A brace from Dons striker Curtis Main leaves Stuart Kettlewell's side bottom of the Scottish Premiership table and has extended their winless run in the league to nine matches.

Their Scottish League Cup form however has been much better as the Staggies have won all four of their Group D games as well as taking advantage of Celtic's woes to secure a brilliant 2-0 away victory, sending them into the quarter-finals.

The last time the Staggies faced Livingston was at Victoria Park last month with the two teams seeing out a 1-1 in the league.

Ross County, who are the last team to win the League Cup aside from Celtic, would book their place in the semi-finals for the first time since 2015-16 with victory at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Livingston Scottish League Cup form: WWWWW
Livingston form (all competitions): WWLWWW

Ross County Scottish League Cup form: WWWWW
Ross County form (all competitions): WWLWLL

Team News

Midfielder Keaghan Jacobs (foot) and defender Alan Lithgow (hip) remain long-term absentees for Livingston.

Goalkeeper Robby McCrorie, who has completed his self-isolation period following a positive coronavirus test, could return to the starting lineup at the expense of Max Stryjek.

Matej Poplatnik, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Scott Tiffoney, who have one goal between them all season, will be competing with each other for the loan-striker role in David Martindale's team.

Injuries have mounted for Ross County heading into the Christmas period with six players currently ruled out.

Charlie Lakin (thigh), Ross Draper (calf), Tom Grivosti (hamstring), Oli Shaw (groin), Carl Tremarco (hamstring) and Keith Watson (muscle problem) are all unavailable for selection.

Alex Iacovitti, who scored against Celtic in the last round, could move back to centre-half alongside Coll Donaldson, after starting at left-back against Aberdeen last weekend.

Livingston possible starting lineup:
McCrorie; Devlin, Fitzwater, Guthrie, Serrano; Bartley, Sibbald; Mullin, Pittman, Forrest; Poplatnik

Ross County possible starting lineup:
Laidlaw; Randall, Donaldson, Iacovitti, Reid; Kelly, Paton, Vigurs, Tillson, Charless-Cook; Stewart

We say: Livingston 1-0 Ross County

Ross County have never beaten Livingston in a League Cup match and despite securing a surprise victory against Celtic in the last round, they may find things difficult as the home side have turned their form around and seem to have enough quality to edge out their opponents and reach the semi-finals.

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