Partick Thistle vs Livingston Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Partick Thistle
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Tip Reasoning

The Scottish Premiership play-off final is finely poised ahead of the second leg on Sunday. Championship side Livingston won 2-1 at home in midweek, as they look to secure back to back promotions and return to the top flight. Meanwhile, Partick are aiming to stay among the top sides in Scotland, and they have a second chance for survival after spending the entire campaign struggling at the bottom of the Premiership. Can they take advantage of this chance and turn around their defeat, or will Livingston hold on?

Livingston know they’re on the verge of a return to the top division, having spent quite some time away. Before this season they were playing League One football, but they’ve been fantastic in the Championship this term, coming in second behind champions St Mirren. They were able to take their foot off the gas in the final two matches of the season, which sent them in to the play-offs fresh.

That has helped them pick up two victories and a draw so far, and they know avoiding defeat again will be enough to move back in to the highest tier. Meanwhile, Partick have their work cut out, as they need to keep a clean sheet after a terrible season at the back. They had the third worst defensive record in the top division, which saw them concede 1.61 goals per game this term.

Partick conceded in 84% of their league games, and we expect that to continue against an impressive Livingston outfit. The visitors managed to score the majority of their goals on the road, with 30 strikes in 18 trips. They struck in 78% of their away matches, while the hosts have kept one clean sheet in their previous eight at home. That awful record should continue, especially given how they struggled in their visit to the Championship side in midweek.

The visitors have seen both teams score in all of their play off matches so far, and they should follow that up with a strike in this clash. While the Premiership side should find the target this weekend, we think Livingston will score and make things difficult for the hosts to turn the scoreline around. We’re going with a 1-1 draw in this one, with the away side making a strong push for promotion. On top of that, we’re backing both teams to score as our main tip, with both defences looking vulnerable.

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