Irish Premiership: Hamilton bullish for Linfield clash

Glenavon striker Joel Cooper fires in a shot during Linfield's 4-0 win at Windsor Park
Glenavon striker Joel Cooper fires in a shot during Linfield's 4-0 win at Windsor Park

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton says his inconsistent side can overcome second-placed Linfield if they produce their best at Mourneview Park on Saturday.

Linfield beat Glenavon 4-0 at Windsor Park in August but Hamilton is predicting a closer affair this time.

"We were deservedly defeated in that game but we have proven we can beat these teams," said Hamilton.

"It's something we must relish and although they are a strong team, we have players that can hurt Linfield."

He added: "Linfield can also hurt us, especially from set-pieces and in Andrew Waterworth they have a dangerous player that can get in behind defences."

Mourneview challenge

Blues striker Waterworth is expecting a tough test in Lurgan against a Glenavon side sitting sixth in the Premiership.

"We will be facing a very good Glenavon side but we will go into the match buzzing," he said.

"Hopefully we will get the three points to get us back on track for the league."

Linfield are five points behind leaders Crusaders, who take on fourth-placed Coleraine at Seaview.

Glentoran boss Gary Haveron will go into the Oval game against bottom side Portadown as the NI Football Writers' Manager of the Month for October.

Gary Haveron has made a successful start to his reign as Glentoran manager
Gary Haveron has made a successful start to his reign as Glentoran manager

Haveron, who succeeded Alan Kernaghan in the Glens hotseat in September, guided his team to three wins and a draw in the month.

Cliftonville moved up to third by beating Glenavon last week and they meet Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.

"This will be a difficult game - the Swifts beat us 2-1 at Solitude earlier in the season and it was deserved win," said Reds boss Gerard Lyttle.

"Rodney McAree has them well drilled and every game in this league is hard.

"But we'll focus on ourselves and ensure we are well prepared for the match."

Ballymena will aim to build on their 4-0 win over Ballinamallard last Saturday when they visit Ards.

Irish Premiership 5 November (15:00 GMT)
Live coverage on BBC Radio Ulster and the BBC Sport website
ArdsvBallymena Utd
CrusadersvColeraine
Dungannon SwiftsvCliftonville
GlenavonvLinfield
GlentoranvPortadown

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