Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Rugby Park will host Saturday’s football game between Kilmarnock and Livingston, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Kilmarnock are desperate to escape the relegation zone and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against Livingston. Midfielder Ben Chrisene misses out with a knee injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Lions, on the other hand, aim to recover from back-to-back defeats to Dundee United and Ross County. Livingston, though, have little to play for in the season finale, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on the relegation-threatened hosts. To make things even worse for the away team, experienced forward Kurtis Guthrie is banned for the match. In their last meeting in the Scottish top flight the Lions defeated the Killie 3-1, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Christian Doidge):
Over the years Christian Doidge has established himself as one of the best attackers in Scotland Premiership. Born on August 25, 1992 in Newport, Doidge is a Wales international who plays for Hibernian in the Scottish top flight.
He is a product of the Southampton football academy, but he did not see any game action in the Premier League with the Saints. The towering striker played for Bristol Rovers during his youth career as well before joining Cwmbran Celtic at senior level. He played for the likes of Barry Town, Carmanthen Town, Dag & Red, Dartford (loan), Forest Green Rovers, and Bolton Wanderers (loan) as well before signing a deal with the Hibs.
Christian Doidge made his Scotland Premier League debut on August 3, 2019 in a 1-0 win over St. Mirren. The Wales attacker scored his first league goal for the Hibs against the same opponent three months late. Doidge has yet to receive a call-up for the Wales national football team.
Highlighted Team (Livingston):
Nicknamed the Lions, Livingstone are the Scottish Premier League club founded during the Second World War (1943) under the name of Ferranti Amateurs. Livingston welcome their opponents at Almondvale Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 9,512.
The Lions are known for their amber home kit, with the team wearing white when playing on the travels. Livingston have yet to win the Scottish Premier League title, but they did remarkably well to go all the way in the Scottish League Cup in the 2003/2004 season. The Lions recorded a 2-0 win over Hibernian in the title game played at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
Livingston registered their biggest win against Stranraer (8-0) in August 2012 in the first round of the Scottish League Cup, while their most massive defeat came on December 14, 1974, as they were beaten 8-0 by Hamilton. Legendary Premier League coach Paul Lambert is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.