Livingston vs Hamilton AcademicalScottish League Cup, KO: 15:00 Jul 22, 2023, Tony Macaroni Arena
LIVINGSTON continue their Scottish League Cup campaign with a home match against Hamilton Academical on Saturday afternoon.
David Martindale's men hit the ground running in Group C by brushing aside Brechin City 3-0 at Glebe Park last weekend.
The Lions then took a back seat in midweek whilst the other four sides in the section negotiated their respective fixtures,
That means the home side enter their second match of the group phase occupying third place, although a win here would see them leapfrog their latest opponents, and Group C leaders, Hamilton.
Accies endured a miserable season last time out, suffering relegation from the second tier via the Scottish Championship playoffs.
However, a plethora of shrewd looking signings coupled with League Cup wins over both Clyde and Brechin appears to have suddenly flipped the mood music in South Lanarkshire.
Livingston, who famously lifted the Scottish League Cup in 2004, go into their first home match of the season as 4/7 (Bet 365) favourites with .
While the Lions' success in recent season's has stemmed from a solid defensive foundation, it would be fair to say that their standards slipped last term.
In fact, David Martindale's side kept the back door shut in just seven of their 38 Scottish top-flight tussles last season, with their backline being breached in 15 of their final 16 league games of the season.
It goes without saying that League One Hamilton won't pose the same threat as top tier opposition, but on paper they look very much a Championship standard team following some astute looking summer signings.
John Rankin has assembled a squad that has more than enough talent to bloody Livi's nose, so much so that I fancy Accies to find the back of the net in West Lothian.
However, at the other end of the park, Hamilton's confidence still appears to be fragile following their relegation from the second tier, and that was clear to see when they fell behind against League Two's newly-relegated Clyde last weekend.
What's more, Rankin's new look side may need time to gel in the midst of a summer recruitment drive, not to mention their rearguard will almost certainly be put to the test in what will be their toughest Group C assignment.
With all of this in mind, as well as the fact that Livingston conceded in five of their six completive competitive contests against lower league opposition last season, backing both nets to bulge at the Tony Macaroni holds appeal at 10/11 (Bet 365).
This Scottish League Cup match between Livingston and Hamilton Academical will be played on Jul 22, 2023 and kick off at 15:00. Check below for our tipsters best Livingston vs Hamilton Academical prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.