Match Preview: Livingston v St Mirren (31st Aug)

Saints are on their travels on Saturday as Jim Goodwin's side head to The Tony Macaroni Arena to take on Livingston.

FORM

The Buddies currently sit in 8th place in the Ladbrokes Premiership having picked up three points from our opening three matches.

A narrow 1-0 loss away to Hibernian on the opening day was followed up by a deserved 1-0 win over Aberdeen at the Simple Digital Arena.

Ilkay Durmus' early goal sealed the three points and capped off a strong performance for Jim Goodwin's men against the Dons.

Saints were edged out 1-0 at home by Rangers last weekend with Borna Barisic's second-half free-kick the difference between the two sides.

Livingston are off to an unbeaten start this season having qualified from their Betfred Cup group with three wins and a draw. They began their league season with a 0-0 draw at home to Motherwell, before drawing 2-2 away to St Johnstone. 

They come into tomorrow's match on the back of a mightily impressive 4-1 win away to Ross County last weekend.

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The two sides came up against each other four times last season with both teams winning two games apiece. 

Livingston were victorious in the first two clashes last season - winning 2-0 at the Simple Digital Arena in August, before winning 3-1 at the Tony Macaroni Arena in December.

A last-gasp goal from Ryan Flynn gave Saints all three points when Livingston came in Paisley on a rainy February day.

The final meeting between the two sides was in April in the first match of the Ladbrokes Premiership split last season. Livingston were reduced to 10 men but took the lead through Scott Robinson. Saints rallied, however, and equalised quickly when Paul McGinn scored. Late goals from Danny Mullen and Simeon Jackson gave the Buddies a vital 3-1 win. 

TEAM NEWS

Cody Cooke remains sidelined with a long-term injury, but everyone else is available for selection for Saints.

MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

"Livingston are very well-organised. They are a hard-working team and very physical at times. 

"They are a better team than most people give them credit for. We know that they have players in their team that can hurt you.

"The players have shown they are willing to dig in and fight & scrap for every ball.

"The easy part of football is setting a team up to be hard to beat. The hard part as a manager is to try and impose your own game on the opposition and that's what we have to try and do tomorrow."