City having the time of their Fife

By CRAIG GAMBLE

TONIGHT finally sees the conclusion of the William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round as SPFL new boys Edinburgh City and East Fife go head to head again at Meadowbank Stadium.

A frozen pitch meant the game couldn’t go ahead as originally planned on Monday, with the game being rescheduled to this evening.

The two teams couldn’t be separated last time out when the tie finished 1-1 at East Fife’s Bayview Stadium on November 29 to set up the replay.

Edinburgh City manager Gary Jardine will be hoping his side can continue their recent run of form into tonight’s cup clash. The Citizens are unbeaten in eight games, winning four and drawing four.

East Fife, however, haven’t won in their last eight games. The League One strugglers are currently without a manager after Gary Naysmith left to join Queen of the South this week.

The Fifers, though, will have a slight psychological advantage having beated City 2-0 when the teams met for the first time ever back in July – albeit in a friendly.

Awaiting the winners of tonights tie is a trip to the Tony Macaroni Arena to face League One leaders Livingston.

That means a City victory tonight could set up a unique tie in the Fourth Round. Livingston have their roots in Edinburgh when they used to play at what is now the Citizens’ home ground under the name Meadowbank Thistle, before relocating to Livingston back in 1995.

Tonights game is a 7.45pm kick-off.

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