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Dec 8, 2021 at 7.45pm UK
McMillan (16')
Stryjek (17'), Omeonga (49'), Penrice (50')
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Preview: Livingston vs. Hibernian - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Livingston vs. Hibernian - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Scottish Premiership clash between Livingston and Hibernian, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Livingston shall be attempting to end their six-match losing streak on Wednesday when they host Hibernian, who have also failed to win in their previous two games.

The Lions find themselves in the relegation zone at the moment, but there is only six points between the two teams right now, placing real pressure on the visitors.

Match preview

Livingston's difficult run of form continued at the weekend when they were unable to shake their streak of six games without a win when they faced Hearts.

David Martindale's men put up a strong effort against the Jam Tarts, but it was not enough to take any points as a Liam Boyce goal was enough to separate them.

The defeat kept the team in the relegation zone, with only two points keeping them off the foot of the table, but with Ross County having a game in hand on them, there is a real need to start picking up consistent results.

Having only won three games all season, scoring just 12 goals throughout the 16 fixtures, it is clear that their attacking output must be improved.

However, their previous fixture against the Hibees will not provide much comfort either as that game saw them lose 2-0 with Martin Boyle and Kevin Nisbet finding the back of the net.

Jack Ross witnessed his team share the spoils at the weekend, marking two games in a row without a victory as the club continues to sit in the bottom half of the table.

Even though Nisbet gave his side the lead against Motherwell, they were unable to hang on as Tony Watt would find the equaliser in order to give the Steelmen the 1-1 result.

Hibernian have struggled for consistency this season, with that being the main reason why they are sat in seventh place, despite the fact they have the attacking quality to be much higher.

However, considering the fact they are only two points behind Aberdeen, a midweek victory does have the opportunity to see them climb into the top half of the division.

The Hibees have failed to keep a clean sheet since September though, therefore there will likely be a need to score more than once in order to secure three points.

Livingston Scottish Premiership form:
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

Livingston form (all competitions):
  • D
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

Hibernian Scottish Premiership form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D

Hibernian form (all competitions):
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D

Team News

Jackson Longridge will be able to return to the Livingston squad on Wednesday after serving his one-match suspension, which could see him slot back into the starting XI.

Both Scott Pittman and Sean Kelly are expected to return in the near future, which could see them involved within the matchday squad, yet Adam Lewis and Daniel Barden will continue to be out of action.

Bruce Anderson was used as a substitute against Hearts but with his attacking qualities, Martindale could consider bringing him back into the fold.

With Nisbet and Boyle leading the attack Hibernian always have a goal in them, as they have created one of the strongest and most lethal partnerships in the SPL.

Ross named the same team for consecutive games against Motherwell but considering neither of the previous two fixtures led to a victory, there could be alterations this time around.

Livingston possible starting lineup:
Stryjek; Devlin, Fitzwater, Parkes, Penrice; Holt, Omeonga, McMillan; Anderson, Forrest, Shinnie

Hibernian possible starting lineup:
Macey; McGinn, Porteous, Hanlon; Cadden, Doyle-Hayes, Newell, Doig, Campbell; Nisbet, Boyle

We say: Livingston 1-2 Hibernian

Livingston have been struggling throughout the campaign and it is unlikely that will change on Wednesday when they face Hibernian.

While the visitors are not in the greatest form themselves, the Hibees have slightly higher quality within the squad and that should allow them to edge the result.

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