Match Preview: Livingston v St Mirren (8th Dec)

St Mirren are on the road again tomorrow afternoon when they head to the Tony Macaroni Arena to face Livingston for the second time this season.


After the loss to Hamilton last weekend St Mirren got back on to the plus point tally with a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Easter Road on Wednesday night.

The draw in Edinburgh sees Saints with just one loss in their last four league outings thanks to a win against Hearts in Paisley and draws on the road against Dundee and Hibs.

Wednesday's match at Easter Road saw Saints take the lead twice. The first came in 6 minutes when Adam Hammill netted from 55 yards as he launched his shot from just inside the St Mirren half that flew over the top of the Hibs keeper on its way to the back of the net. The home side pulled level early in the second half through Olly Shaw but Paul McGinn gave Saints back the lead when he headed home a cross from Hammill. Unfortunately the Buddies let the lead slip again when Ryan Porteous netted for Hibs.

Livingston go into tomorrow's game on the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Kilmarnock this past midweek.

The Livi Lions got off to a great start this season that saw them sit in the top six towards the end of October. But their form has got a bit indifferent since then with one win in their last six outings including defeats against St Johnstone (0-1), Hamilton (0-1), Rangers (0-3) and Kilmarnock (0-2) on Wednesday. They did win last weekend thanks to goals from Steve Lawless and Craig Halkett against Motherwell.


Tomorrow will be the first meeting between the sides at the Tony Macaroni Arena since last season when Saints went down 4-1, but they did meet earlier this season in Paisley when goals from Jack Hamilton and Alan Lithgow were enough to earn Livi the points.

Last season the four league games between the two sides who were promoted from the Championship saw Saints win twice, Livi once and a no-scoring draw that saw Saints earn the point they needed to lift the Championship trophy.

Over the years the home side in this fixture hasn't normally faired too well and while both Saints and Livi bucked that trend last season, the West Lothian side got it back on track with their win at the Simple Digital Arena on 25th August, Saints will no doubt be looking to reciprocate tomorrow.


St Mirren are looking for a first away win of the season.

Saints will be hoping to earn the three points as Hamilton face Hibs on Saturday and Dundee face Rangers on Sunday.

A win for Livi could fire them back into the top six as the two teams above them - Aberdeen (2 points ahead) and St Johnstone (3 points ahead) go face to face at Pittodrie tomorrow.