Motherwell V Livi preview

Last updated : 10 December 2004 By

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Former Rangers captains Richard Gough and Terry Butcher will set aside their friendship aside 90 minutes when they clash for the first time on a managerial level in their SPL meeting at Fir Park.

Gough followed Butcher from England up to Rangers in the 1980s where they combined together at the heart of the Ibrox defence during Graeme Souness' controversial but successful reign in Glasgow.

The new Livi boss has nothing but fond memories of that period but will not allow it to get in the way of building a Livingston side, that can compete with any side in the SPL .

Gough told "Terry Butcher was one of the best players I've ever played with and we had three years at Ibrox although unfortunately he missed one year with a broken leg.

"He's a good person and I have a lot of time for him and it's been no surprise that he's done well at Motherwell.

"They are very competitive, very motivated and have a lot of ability and that was very much Terry himself as a player.

"He has got players there who want to play for him so it'll be a very difficult game for us."

Gough's managerial debut last week brought a 1-0 victory over Dundee in the SPL and the former Scotland international is looking for more of the same against the in-form Steelmen.

He said: "I will be impressing on my team that the last time we played Motherwell we lost 5-0 so that's a reminder that they have to improve.

"I will be demanding 100% from my players as I always do.

"They had lost seven on the spin and now we've won our last two games so it's all about the mentality of winning."

Gough played down the speculation surrounding the apparent interest of Hearts and Hibs in the Almondvale midfielder Burton O'Brien.

He said: "Someone mentioned that Hearts and Hibs were interested in Burton and that's good for the club, I want a lot of other clubs to be interested in my players.

"But I've got to sit down with him and see what he wants.

"From what I've seen of him so far he's obviously a talented player but I'll have a better idea over the next three or four weeks."

Gough, meanwhile, has two injury doubts, with David McNamee nursing a bruised heel and rated extremely doubtful for the trip to Fir Park.

Also unlikely to play any part in Gough`s second game in charge is Gus Bahoken, who is struggling with a thigh strain.

Motherwell's Steven Hammell and Martyn Corrigan were both on Scotland Future Team duty earlier in the week, but a hamstring strain in the warm-up ruled Hammell out of the defeat to Germany - and he is also missing against Livingston.

History of the Motherwell v Livingston fixture

Livingston face a trip to Motherwell at Fir Park on Saturday evening, having the edge over their hosts in previous meetings. The visitors have won 3 of the 7 previous games, with the hosts winning just 2.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in November 2003, where the two sides shared the spoils courtesy of a 1 - 1 final scoreline in a Scottish Premier match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2004/2005Tue 09 NovLivingston0 - 5MotherwellSLC
2004/2005Sat 25 SepLivingston2 - 3MotherwellSPL
2003/2004Sat 14 FebLivingston3 - 1MotherwellSPL
2003/2004Sat 22 NovMotherwell1 - 1LivingstonSPL
2003/2004Sat 16 AugLivingston1 - 0MotherwellSPL
2002/2003Sat 24 MayMotherwell6 - 2LivingstonSPL
2002/2003Sun 29 DecLivingston1 - 0MotherwellSPL

Recent respective form guides

Motherwell have had an average home run of late, winning and losing 3 each of the last six games. The goals for column just outweighs the goals against over this period, 11 to 9.

Livingston have an average recent record on the road, seeing them win just 1 and draw 2 of the last six. Only 4 goals have been registered in this time, with 6 leaked at the wrong end.

Motherwell's 26 points from 17 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 6th position. Livingston see themselves just below half way in the Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier, showing a record of 15 points from their 17 games played so far,

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Livingston62045136 predicton - A tight match, but the Steelmen can be beat, and hopefully revenge will be sweet for the Lions tomorrow.  2-1 to Livi...maybe.

Sequence statistics:
Motherwell9 games since last home draw.
Won their latest 5 matches.
Not drawn a match in their last 10 .
Livingston5 games since last away draw.
Last drawn game 11 outings ago.