Team news, stats and predictions for Wednesday’s Scottish Premiership action as host Hamilton St Johnstone and Rangers travel to Livingston, live on Sky Sports.
Livingston vs Rangers – Wednesday, 6 p.m., live on Sky Sports
Team news …
LivingstonEfe Ambrose is expected to be in good shape for the visit of Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers on Wednesday.
The Lions defender was struck in the knee in the Betfred Cup final loss to St Johnstone on Sunday.
Defenseman Jackson Longridge could return to the squad after recovering from a medial knee injury, but Alan Lithgow (hip) and Keaghan Jacobs (foot) remain sidelined.
RangersRight-back problems continue to worsen after Steven Gerrard confirmed Leon Balogun was a major doubt for Wednesday’s trip along the M8.
Nigerian center-back Balogun recently replaced injured skipper James Tavernier (knee) but suffered a quad strain in the Europa League win over Royal Antwerp last week and may now not face Tony Macaroni Arena .
Nathan Patterson is therefore likely to start despite an impending Scottish Football Association ban for breaking Covid rules at a party which teammates Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey also attend. Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack (both calves) remain on the sidelines, alongside Nikola Katic, only one with a knee injury, but Jermain Defoe joins the squad after being excluded from Gerrard’s European squad.
Key statistics …
- Livingston has won just one of its last 20 top league games against Rangers (D4 L15), losing six of their last seven (D1) since a 1-0 win in September 2018.
- The Rangers have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven league games against Livingston (W6 D1), conceding just once in this round, in a 3-1 win in September 2019.
- Having won eight of David Martindale’s first 11 league games in charge (D3), Livingston has since failed to win each of his last three Scottish Premiership games (D1 L2).
- Rangers’ unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership has 31 games, 27 wins and four draws. The Gers have conceded just nine goals in this round, keeping 23 clean sheets.
- Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last seven appearances in all competitions, scoring five and assisting six.
How to watch: Watch Livingston vs Rangers live on Sky Sports Football from 5.30pm; kick off at 6 p.m. Our live match blog – on the Sky Sports Website & App – will also bring you all the action as you go, and highlights from the free matches will be posted to Sky Sports’ website, app and YouTube channel later in the evening.
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Hamilton Academical vs St Johnstone – Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Team news …
Marios Ogkmpoe has been kicked out of HamiltonClash with St Johnstone Wednesday evening.
The Greece striker suffered hamstring strain against Hibernian the last time around and boss Brian Rice admits he’s unlikely to appear in any of Accies’ four remaining games before the split.
Aaron Martin (foot) is also not in contention but could return for Saturday’s trip to Aberdeen. Shaun Want (thigh) suffered a setback on his comeback attempt and will miss again but Jamie Hamilton is available after successfully appealing his red card to Easter Road. Lewis Smith (hamstrings), Nathan Thomas (groin), David Templeton (groin) remain on the sidelines.
There will be more disappointment for St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson as he misses once again with a calf problem.
The 32-year-old – who was injured for Perth’s 2014 Scottish Cup triumph – received a double dose of heartache from the cup final as he was forced to watch the triumph of the Betfred Cup Sunday against Livingston from the stands at Hampden.
But the rest of Callum Davidson’s jubilant squad are good to go.
Key statistics …
- Since winning consecutive league games against St. Johnstone in February / May 2019, Hamilton have failed to win their last four games against the Saints in the Scottish Premiership (D1 L3).
- St. Johnstone has won five of its last seven league visits to Hamilton (L2), including two of their last two.
- Hamilton has seen just one win in their last seven home league games (D2 L4), beating Motherwell 3-0 in January.
- St. Johnstone have won their last two away league games, last winning three in a row on the Scottish Premiership route in December 2018 (streak of six).
- Shaun Rooney has scored (two) or assisted (one) one goal in each of his last three league games for St. Johnstone; he hadn’t scored or assisted in any of his first 17 Scottish Premiership appearances before that.
How to watch: Highlights from the free matches will be posted on Sky Sports’ website, app and YouTube channel later in the evening.
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