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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Livingston can cement their playoff credentials

East Fife may heap more misery on Queen's Park

Motherwell beat Aberdeen 3-0 in the Betfred Cup earlier this season
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Livingston can cement their playoff credentials with a win against Dunfermline at their West Lothian home.

David Hopkin has worked miracles this season with Livi, who don't boast a big fanbase and always seem to be struggling financially.

Yet results on the pitch in the Ladbrokes Championship have seen them punch well above their weight and they have a great chance of clinching a top-four spot, which would give them a chance of reaching the top flight.

They've won their last three games in the league and the January additions of Rangers pair Ryan Hardie and Jordan Thompson, along with veteran Falkirk striker Lee Miller has aided them hugely.

Dunfermline got off to a sensational start to the season, but have been treading water for some time. They've picked up one point from their last three league games and are going nowhere fast. And Livingston can grab a win at their Tony Macaroni Arena.

Dundee are the new Hibs when it comes to the William Hill Scottish Cup and while the Edinburgh side famously ended a 114-year jinx two years ago, the Dens Park side's hex is at 108 years and counting and it could be extended by Motherwell.

Neil McCann's side were utterly dismantled at home by Ladbrokes Premiership bottom side Ross County at home last week, which indicates that their last-minute sale of defender Jack Hendry to Celtic and midfielder Scott Allan to Hibs could have consequences.

McCann has pulled off a coup by signing former Spurs defender Steven Caulker and while that is undoubtedly a plus, he surely can't be fully match-fit.

Well have recovered from a total nosedive before the winter break and manager Stephen Robinson has recruited wisely.

Already, striker Curtis Main looks like he could be the man to replace Louis Moult and if on-loan Celtic hitman Nadir Ciftci can get his focus right he could be a fine addition alongside Tom Aldred and Stephen Hendrie. They will fancy it on Tayside against a leaky defence.

East Fife produced a splendid win last week at in-form Stranraer and can kick on in Ladbrokes League One against a Queen's Park side who look all but doomed.

Darren Young's side were humiliated in the Cup by Brora Rangers, but his new players looked like they were beginning to gel last week.

The Hampden amateurs are really struggling and have won just twice in the league since October and their trip to Methil may be more gloomy than usual.

1pt 5-4 Betway, Hills
1pt 31-20 bet365, BoyleSports
East Fife 
1pt 20-21 BoyleSports

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Neil McCann's side were utterly dismantled at home by Ladbrokes Premiership bottom side Ross County at home last week
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