MX23RW : Saturday, December 12 12:42:08| >> :120:65158:65158:
Nov 28, 2020 at 3pm UK at Tony Macaroni Arena
LivingstonLivingston
4-0
AyrAyr United
Chalmers (4' og.), Fitzwater (6', 12'), Forrest (44')
Lawson (72'), Brown (84')
FT(HT: 4-0)

Miller (71')

Preview: Livingston vs. Ayr United - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Scottish League Cup clash between Livingston and Ayr United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Livingston host Ayr United in the Scottish League Cup on Saturday hoping to reach the quarter-finals for the third time in four years.

Meanwhile, the visitors have failed to win any of their last three away matches in all competitions.


Match preview

Livingston manager Gary Holt pictured in August 2020© Reuters

Livingston will be heading into their match with Ayr following the announcement that Gary Holt has resigned as manager after 27 months in charge.

Holt resigned after the disappointing 1-0 home loss to St Mirren and feels that "it is the right time for [him] to step away". Martin Dale and Tony Caig will now take interim charge of the club.

Livingston have not won in five Scottish Premiership games but have had a brilliant Scottish League Cup campaign so far, having won all four of their Group H matches, scoring 15 goals – more than any other side in the competition.

The Lions faced Ayr in this competition last season, winning the match 2-1 at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Another victory over Ayr would see the Lions reach the quarter-finals and win back-to-back matches against the visitors for the first time since 2000.

Ayr United's 6-5 victory on penalties against Stranraer was enough to take Mark Kerr's side into the last 16 of the Scottish League Cup.

The Honest Men also beat Annan Athletic and Albion Rovers as they went on to win three of their four Group H matches to finish top with eight points.

A 2-0 victory over Dundee is Ayr's most recent result in the Scottish Championship, which leaves them five points behind table toppers Dunfermline Athletic.

Prior to last season's League Cup defeat to Livingston, United have a good record against this weekend's opponents having won the previous five matches against them.

Victory on Saturday would see the Scottish Championship side reach the last eight of the competition for the second time in three years.

Livingston Scottish League Cup form: WWWW
Livingston form (all competitions): LLDWWL

Ayr United Scottish League Cup form: WLWW
Ayr United form (all competitions): WDLDWW


Team News

Rangers defender Filip Helander gets a shot away in the Scottish Premiership clash with Livingston on August 16, 2020© Reuters

Livingston goalkeeper Robby McCrorie is ruled out as he has tested positive for coronavirus.

Max Stryjek and Gary Maley, who have both played twice in the Scottish League Cup, will be competing with one another for the number one jersey, but Stryjek is likely to be favoured on Saturday.

Ayr United boss Mark Kerr could revert back to a 4-2-3-1 formation, which has been used during their League Cup campaign.

36-year-old Michael Moffat, who scored his first Ayr United goal of the campaign against Dundee last weekend, is set to start in behind Bruce Anderson.

Livingston possible starting lineup:
Stryjek; Devlin, Brown, Ambrose, Serrano; Bartley, Holt; Robinson, Pittman, Forrest; Emmanuel-Thomas

Ayr United possible starting lineup:
Sinisalo; Houston, Roscoe, Baird, Reading; McCowan, Chalmers, Murdoch, Smith; Moffat; Anderson


SM words green background

We say: Livingston 2-1 Ayr United

Both sides have performed well in the Scottish League Cup this season, scoring a combined 23 goals. Livingston, who remain unbeaten in the competition, will be eager to put in a performance for their new interim bosses and should have enough to narrowly defeat their Scottish Championship opponents.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a home win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Home Win:data


ID:423929:cQx

Who will win Saturday's Scottish League Cup clash between Livingston and Ayr?

Livingston
65.0%
Draw
10.0%
Ayr United
25.0%
20
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Livingston manager Gary Holt pictured in August 2020
Read Next:
Gary Holt stands down as Livingston manager
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Championship
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
League One
League Two
National League
National League North
National League South
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Brasileiro
Copa Diego Maradona
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
European Champions Cup
European Challenge Cup
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1RangersRangers1614204534244
2Celtic1494135142131
3Hibernian168532416829
4Aberdeen158432117428
5Motherwell166372121021
6Dundee UnitedDundee Utd165561220-820
7Kilmarnock165291820-217
8St Johnstone164571420-617
9Livingston164391624-815
10Hamilton AcademicalHamilton1642101936-1714
11Ross County163491030-2013
12St Mirren15339822-1412

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!