Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes hopes to avoid another torturous afternoon when Livingston visit Pittodrie today.
The Dons beat Livi 2-0 at the Tony Macaroni Arena on September 21 in a game which no-one will reflect on as a classic.
McInnes’ side had to dig deep to grind out a win against Gary Holt’s team but the Dons boss hopes to see his side produce an entertaining and winning display in their final home match of 2019 today (3pm).
He said: “We have had tough games against Livingston.
“I think we won every game against them but every one was tough and in the balance and we had a couple of late winners against them.
“Even this season it was a torturous game. It was tough and the players did a lot of what they had to do to get the desired result down there.
“It wasn’t pretty and hopefully we can get the result again but I also want us to play really well.
“I want us to bring a big performance to the last home game of the year.”
Lyndon Dykes scored a hat-trick as Livi thrashed Ross County 4-0 on Saturday and McInnes knows Holt’s side will be no pushovers.
He said: “When you look at any team there are key players within them and you would have to say that Dykes has done really well for them, none more so than Saturday.
“They are on a good run. They are five games undefeated and score plenty of goals.
“They are a side when they are in that mode can cause problems from every area of the pitch.
“They ask the question of you and have to overcome that side of it and make sure you have enough of the ball and when you get it you use it in the right way.”
Meanwhile, Aberdeen will trial unallocated seating in next month’s Scottish Cup tie against Dumbarton a bid to improve the atmosphere at Pittodrie.
Dons chairman Dave Cormack hopes the initiative, which will be in operation in the Merkland Stand, will be welcomed by the Dons support.
Aberdeen take on Dumbarton on January 18 in the club’s first match after the winter break.
Cormack said: “I’ve recently stated that we want to improve the matchday experience for supporters.
“A critical part of this initiative is encouraging those who actively want to get behind the team vocally.
“While there are limitations at Pittodrie, we can do more, especially by working with fans.
“We see this as a journey, starting out at the Dumbarton game and building to our move to the new stadium where we will have safe standing.
“After speaking with other clubs and working closely with supporters who have made a success of this elsewhere, I am really excited about what can be achieved at Pittodrie and can’t wait for us to get going.”