Date : 13 JULY 2019
Time : 22 : 00 PM
Match : Falkirk vs Livingston
Falkirk will return to competitive football on Saturday as they host Livingston at their home ground in the Scottish League group stage. Can either side take all 3 points?
Falkirk come into the new season after a disappointing ending to their previous Championship campaign, which saw the Bairns finish bottom of the 2nd tier of Scottish football. Ray McKinnon’s side were unlucky not to maintain their place in the league, as they missed out on doing so by a mere point, despite winning their last game.
Their relegation now means that Falkirk have a potentially tough season ahead, as they will be expected to bounce right back up into the Championship. They have brought in a quality signing in Conor Sammon, recently released by Hearts, but the club still has a measly 2 strikers, although McKinnon has stated that he will work with what he has. The Bairns have also just played a single pre-season friendly, which was Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Brechin City at Glebe Park that saw the aforementioned Sammon get his name on the score sheet.
Livingston will start their 2019/2020 season with the intention of putting on a repeat performance from the last time around. Gary Holt, who came to the club in the opening weeks of the previous season, guided Livi to safety very early on, almost guaranteeing their top-flight status with months of football to be played. The West Lothian outfit finished on 44 points, 12 above the relegation spots and failing to win any of their final 6 games.
Despite losing key players in Craig Halkett and Liam Kelly to Hearts and QPR respectfully, Livingston have had a positive pre-season overall. They lost 1-0 to Hungarian side Paksi SE, before defeating Tranmere Rovers 2-1 and keeping a clean sheet as they beat Alloa Athletic on Tuesday.
Livingston had a poor end to their season and the club could continue down that road this time around unless they get their act together from the get-go. The club’s priority should be the league and ensuring their survival, but that’s not to say they can’t beat a Falkirk team that’s currently rebuilding for the season ahead. We’re going to back a draw for this game and a final score of 1-1, as the teams will still be looking to try out and test new things.
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