Hearts out for redemption against Livingston – Match Preview

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Livingston travel to the Scottish capital to take on Hearts on Sunday. (Photo credit: Paul Henery via Wikipedia)

Only four Scottish Premiership sides face off one another in the Scottish Cup this weekend but Hearts’ match against Livingston is likely to be a cracker.

After Livingston became the Scottish equivalent of PSG in their last meeting, netting five goals in the space of 14 minutes, Craig Levein’s men won’t need any better motivation heading into Sunday’s match.

Livingston are currently sat seventh place in the Premiership, just six points behind their Scottish cup opponents who have had a fall from grace after their impressive start to the season.

Regardless, Craig Levein’s side will be filled with confidence after their narrow 1-0 victory in their last competitive match against local rivals Hibernian.

 

However, whoever returns from their two-week winter break fresher remaims to be seen. Hearts are predicted to field a reasonably young squad on Sunday given the importance of their fixture midweek against Dundee if they want to secure their place in the top six.

Despite sitting in a good position in the league, Livingston haven’t won in three, suffering a 2-1 defeat at home to Aberdeen in their last match of 2018. Gary Holt will no doubt be thrilled with his teams start to Premiership life this season and will be looking to end this poor run of form with another emphatic win against Hearts this weekend.

Craig Levein will be forced to sit in the stands for this cup encounter following a two-match ban by the SFA after he made comments towards referee Bobby Madden after a 2-1 defeat to Rangers in December.

The match will be televised live from Tynecastle on BBC Scotland at 2:30 on Sunday January 20.

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