Foot Predictions shows the Scottish Premier League clash on Saturday between Dundee United and Livingston, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Dundee United Welcome to the Scottish League team Livingston to Tannadice this Saturday afternoon for what must be an interesting meeting.
Livi’s long unbeaten streak finally came to an end in the middle of the week, and it will be interesting to see how David MartindaleThe coach’s team reacts to the first real setback of the coach’s reign.
Micky MellonThe Dundee United team conceded sixth place on the table to St Mirren last month and were also defeated 5-1 at home by the Paisley team in January.
That defeat was the first in a series of three games that included a 2-0 loss at Hibernian’s home and a 2-1 home loss to Motherwell.
Mellon’s men ended that depressing streak with a 2-0 win in Ross County last Saturday, and the Tangerines coach was delighted with the return of United’s Scottish international striker. Lawrence Shankland.
Shankland scored his team’s first goal against County just after the hour mark, ending a good team move.
Mellon also praised Shankland’s attacking partner Marc McNulty for their part in ending a series of eight games without a win for the Arabs.
The United coach now hopes his team can take advantage of that victory and find the consistency that has eluded them for the past few weeks.
Terrors will also have to narrow their defense, having conceded at least two goals in their last three home games in the league.
Livingston now needs to regroup after his 14-game unbeaten run finally came to an end in the middle of the week, when Lions lost 2-1 at home to St Johnstone.
A first half result now looks achievable for the West Lothian team, with Martindale’s team fifth in the table, seven points ahead of sixth-placed St Mirren.
Given Aberdeen’s recent struggles, a European spot is also not out of the question, with Livi now five points behind fourth-placed Dons.
The team also won some individual honors, with Martindale receiving the Premiership Manager of the Month award in January, after also winning it in December.
Attacking Livi Scott Robinson, without a club contract in the summer, won the Player of the Month award, and his coach is eager to reward his progress with an improved contract at the end of the season.
Whether Martindale can offer a better deal is largely dependent on how high Livi can finish in the league table, then Robinson will be looking forward to staying in good shape this weekend.
Lions have won five of their last six non-league games and have also scored at least twice in five of those games.
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Dundee United has not yet Declan Glass, whose ACL injury is set to keep him out for the rest of the season.
Logan Chalmers he is also still out with an ankle problem, but Mellon’s main selection dilemma for Saturday is which combination of strikers to choose from.
McNulty and Shankland combined impressively in the last presentation of the Terrors, but Mellon still has other options in the form of Nicky Clark and Louis Appere.
Gavin Reilly will be absent for Livingston after a positive test for COVID-19, and Keaghan Jacobs (foot) and Alan Lithgow (hip) are still absent, but should return to action soon.
Possible initial lineup for Dundee United:
Siegrist; Smith, Edwards, Reynolds, Robson; Pawlett, Butcher, Fuchs, Sporle; Shankland, McNulty
Possible initial lineup of Livingston:
Stryjek; Devlin, Ambrose, Taylor-Sinclair; Longridge; Bartley, Holt; Lawson, Pittman, Forrest; Robinson
Probability: Dundee United 1-2 Livingston
Livi will recover from defeat with a tight and difficult victory at Tannadice over the Terrors.
The Lions have too much overall quality and confidence for United to endure and will return to West Lothian on Saturday night with three points.