Livingston play host to visiting club Celtic at Tony Macaroni Arena in the Premiership meeting on Sunday.
Our Livingston v Celtic predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Livingston go into this game coming off the back of a 0-0 Premiership tied result versus Dundee.
In that game, Livingston had 49% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. At the other end, Dundee had 21 attempts at goal with 8 of them on target.
Livingston have really struggled up front in more recent games. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 3 versus opposing sides during their last 6 fixtures. In those games, Livingston have also seen the tally of goals scored against them come to 10.
A look at their previous results shows us that Livingston:
- have not registered a win against Celtic in their last 6 league matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 5 league matches. Things will have to change soon.
Celtic will go into this encounter after a 3-0 Premiership win versus Ross County in their most recent game.
In that match, Celtic managed 77% possession and 21 shots at goal with 8 on target. For Celtic, the goals were scored by Cameron Carter-Vickers (64') and Albian Ajeti (70', 85'). For their opponents, Ross County had 5 attempts on goal with 2 on target.
Indicating their involvement in action-packed matches, we’ve had goals 20 times in the last six matches in which Celtic have sent out their troops, yielding an average of 3.33 goals for each clash. Opposing teams have hit 5 of this grand total. While that may be of interest, we will just have to wait and see if such a trend will be sustained in this match.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Celtic:
- have not emerged victorious against Livingston in games played away from home for the previous 4 league matches. Not good at all.
- remain unbeaten by Livingston when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
- have not won away from home in their last 7 league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head-to-head clashes going back to 23/11/2019 shows that Livingston have won 0 of them & Celtic 3, with the number of drawn results being 3.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 23 overall which averages out at 3.83 goals per match.
The last league contest featuring these clubs was Premiership match day 1 on 10/04/2021 when the final score was Celtic 6-0 Livingston.
In that match, Celtic had 69% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 11 of them on target. The scorers were James Forrest (30'), David Turnbull (38'), Mohamed Elyounoussi (54', 66') and Ryan Christie (87').
For their opponents, Livingston had 4 shots at goal with 2 on target. Jack Fitzwater (50' Own goal) was the scorer.
The referee was Nick Walsh.
Team News: Livingston
Jaze Kabia (Knee Injury) and Jack McMillan (Knee Injury) will not be able to play for Livingston gaffer David Martindale.
Team News: Celtic
In an otherwise healthy group, there is only the lone fitness issue for the Celtic gaffer Ange Postecoglou to be concerned with. Kyogo Furuhashi (Knee Injury) misses out for this game.
We’re inclined to think that Livingston certainly have the ability to find the net against this Celtic outfit, but a single goal isn’t likely to be good enough.
We are therefore anticipating both teams to score in a 1-2 advantage for Celtic at full-time. Let’s wait and see how it plays out.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Tony Macaroni Arena (9,512)
Captain: Marvin Bartley
Chairman: Robert Wilson
Manager: David Martindale
Competitions: Premiership position 12, League Cup (Quarter-Finals)