Matchday twenty of the NIFL Danske Bank Premiership sees Linfield welcome Glenavon FC to Windsor Park (3pm ko). The teams met at Mourneview Park on the opening day of the season when Linfield recorded a 1-0 win courtesy of a goal from Daniel Kearns.
The momentum gained after recent good results has been forced to hit the buffers following the postponment of Linfield's fixtures at Newry City and Ballymena United (twice). The prolonged outbursts of heavy rainfall that decimated the local fixture list has unfortunately left some clubs significantly out of pocket. Those in the game who contest the need for a winter break, or even a radical change over to an IPL summer season, have certainly had their case strengthened with the sight of flooded pitches, flanked by forlorn looking empty stands and terraces, although it’s difficult to predict which months would be most severely affected by the worst of the weather.
Glenavon come to Windsor sitting well placed in the table just one point behind Linfield. Manager Gary Hamilton will be focused on setting out his team to take home what would be a massive three points. The impending transfer of Mark Sykes to Port Vale may well prompt the manager to strengthen his squad when the transfer window reopens in January. The Lurgan Blues do however look well equipped to remain a top three team right up into the business end of the season.
The Linfield players will after ten days or so of being largely restricted to training sessions at New Midgley Park, be eager to get back to match action. David will be looking to turn the enforced time spent on the training pitch into a positive. It has certainly afforded David and his backroom staff with the opportunity to work on certain aspects of play which always need to be fine tuned and improved upon. A close, competitive game looks to be on the cards between two teams who are building up some real traction in the race to lift the coveted Gibson Cup trophy. COYB!