Livingston vs Partick Thistle Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

Partick Thistle ensured they would live on in the Scottish Premiership for a little longer, as they claimed a 1-0 win over Dundee on the final day. Thistle’s victory kept them clear of Ross County – who drop to the Championship – but it wasn’t enough to get them out of the bottom two. That means that the Jags face a play-off to secure their place in the top flight next season, and they travel to a Livingston side who finished as runners-up in the second tier this season. Can they make it back to back promotions and relegate Partick?

The hosts are looking to establish an advantage in the first leg, following their win over Dundee United in the semi-finals of the play-offs. They progressed 4-3 on aggregate after an impressive away win, but they’ll be looking to edge in front at their own ground with a victory on Thursday. While Partick have had their issues this season, they’re still a top flight side, which makes them a threat to a team who have only been at this level for a season after securing promotion from League One.

When Livingston were finishing their bid for promotion to the Championship, Partick were sitting in the top half of the Premiership. The gap between them has radically closed over the last 12 months, thanks to a huge collapse from the visitors. The Jags have really struggled against top flight opposition, and they’ve had issues going forward, which have to be a concern.

Partick have found themselves in trouble because they’re the lowest scoring side in the Premiership, and they’ve scored just 35% of their goals this season on the road. The Jags have hit just 11 goals on the road, which works out at 0.58 per game. While they’re taking on Championship opposition this week, they’re still going to be nervous about their finishing, which has already dragged them in to trouble.

To make things worse for the visitors, Livingston have a solid defensive record at this level. They have the third best defence in the league, and that’s after taking their foot off the gas in the last two matches of the regular season, once their play-off spot was secure. The hosts have conceded just 0.89 goals per game at home this term, which has seen the majority of their home matches finish with fewer than three goals being scored. Seeing as 58% of the Jags’ trips finished with under 2.5 goals landing, we’re backing the same again in what should be a very tense affair.

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