Falkirk v Livingston Betting Tip – 13 July 2019

Falkirk can avoid defeat at home to Livi

Scottish Premiership Betting Tips

ScotlandFalkirk v LivingstonScotland
Saturday 13th July 1500hrs
Football – Scotland– League Cup
Pick Falkirk Double Chance
Odds: 21/20 (odds taken 18.30 GMT, Friday 12th July)

1 X 2
16/5 27/10 20/27

* (Betting Odds were taken from Betway on July 12th, 2019 at 18.30)

There may be two divisions between Falkirk and Livingston but this tie is one of the more likely upsets in the first weekend of the Scottish League Cup

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Falkirk Preview – Can Falkirk restore some positivity to the club and get a positive result here?

Last season was a disaster with all connected with Falkirk are they suffered relegation and will be playing in the third tier of Scottish football for the first time since 1980. Before the start of the last campaign the objective was promotion under then manager Paul Hartley and there was a significant investment. It turned out to be a really poor recruitment of players, however, and Hartley was soon on his way. The experienced Ray McKinnon took over and despite improvement they had left themselves too much to do and finished bottom of the table. One of the first jobs for a club who has been relegated is to trim the squad and McKinnon has done that. He will be working with a much slimmer squad in League One, a division they are obvious favourites for.
There have been a couple of notable additions to the squad over the summer. Morgaro Gomis and Connor Sammon have plenty of Premiership experience between them and should be effective at this level. Michael Tidser is another interesting arrival and decided to drop down a division to be reunited with his old boss. It may be a smaller squad but in many ways it looks stronger than what they finished last season with.


Under 2.5 goals


Livingston Preview – Will Livingston’s new look team get off to a winning start?

Having shocked virtually everyone by winning promotion to the Premiership for last season, Livingston continued with their surprises by surviving and doing so very comfortably. Gary Holt took over as manager in the very early stages of last season and was an inspired appointment. A terrific first half of the campaign ensured they were never involved in the relegation battle. A consequence of that, however, is that a number of their key performers are playing with different teams. It’s always going to be an issue for a club the size of Livi but it’s a challenge Holt has been keen to face head on. Losing three of their back five is going to be challenging considering they are a team built on defence. Holt has recognised this and brought in a number of reinforcements.

It’s perhaps the midfield where most of the budget has been spent. Marvin Bartley is an experienced campaigner and will add further steel to the middle of the park. Whilst Gregg Wylde has joined on a permanent deal and his direct style of play out wide is sure to be an asset. They are again many people’s favoured team for relegation but that will only spur this group of players on.

Key-Facts – Falkirk v Livingston

  • Falkirk were relegated from the Championship last season and will be playing in League One for the first time since 1980
  • Livingston have been a victim of their own success in many ways and have had to bring in a number of new players over the summer
  • Ayr United, Stranraer and Berwick Rangers are the other clubs who make up Group G

Falkirk v Livingston Betting Advice

It was polar opposites in terms of their respective seasons for these two in 2018/19. Falkirk will be looking for a fast start following their relegation whilst their opponents have a formula that works for them and relying on the new players to enact that just as well as the players they are replacing did. Both managers are working with limited resources and the league will be the priority going forward. That said, McKinnon understands the importance of getting his fans on side early in the season. A win at home to Premiership opposition will do that.

Livingston are not regular winners on their travels. The vast majority of their points come at home so they may be vulnerable on Saturday. These two clubs met in the second round of the 2017/18 League Cup and Livi progressed. That was after extra-time and it should be another close one tomorrow. Home advantage and their need for a fast start can see Falkirk avoid defeat in 90 minutes.