Linfield manager David Jeffrey wary of Ballinamallard threat

Linfield boss David Jeffrey says he is unsurprised by Ballinamallard United's impressive start to the season ahead of Saturday's league game at Windsor Park.

The Fermanagh side lie third in the table, three points ahead of the Blues.

"They may be newcomers to the Premiership but they have an impressive bunch of players and there is a lot of experience at the club," said Jeffrey.

"They have gone across the border and brought in good players while there seems to be a good spirit there too."

"They have made a good start and it doesn't surprise me how well they have done so far.

"Whitey Anderson (Ballinamallard manager) has said they are coming to Windsor Park with nothing to fear and that is probably fair comment," added Jeffrey.

Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin is wary of the threat posed by basement side Lisburn Distillery as the league leaders prepare to visit New Grosvenor.

"As much as being top of the League counts for nothing at this stage of the season, it does mean we're there to be shot at and I'm sure the Whites will be keen to have a real go," said Breslin.

"They'll know that a win over us could kickstart their season and we'll need to guard against any kind of complacency if we want to keep our winning run going.

"I said after our defeat to Ballinamallard that it was important for us to approach every match with the same attitude and never to underestimate any opponent, which is a message we'll be reminding the players of again ahead of this match."

Crusaders go into their game against Glentoran at Seaview after losing three of their last four Premiership games.

The East Belfast Glens are missing Mark Clarke, who serves the second game of a two-match suspension.

Glenavon must plan without skipper Brendan Shannon for their match against Coleraine at Mourneview Park.

The full-back is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks after sustaining medial ligament damage.

The Bannsiders are still missing injured winger David Scullion.

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson hopes to have Johnny Taylor and Gavin Taggart back from injury for the trip to Portadown to play Shamrock Park.

The Sky Blues have released former Ports forward Jordan Baker from his contract by mutual consent.

Ronnie McFall's continues to plan without knee injury victim Neil McCafferty.

Managerless Donegal Celtic will be boosted by their County Antrim Shield win over Lisburn Distillery as they prepare to face Dungannon Swifts at Suffolk Road.

Saturday 6 October - Irish Premiership - 15:00 BST kick-offs

Crusaders v Glentoran

Donegal Celtic v Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon v Coleraine

Linfield v Ballinamallard United

Lisburn Distillery v Cliftonville

Portadown v Ballymena United

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