Purkis strike stuns Linfield

Matthew Fitzpatrick wheels away after scoring Glenavon's second goal against Linfield.

Michael Scott


Michael Scott


The battle of the Blues takes place at Mourneview Park this Saturday as Glenavon host Linfield.

The Lurgan side need to get back on track after a fortnight of poor results, including a heavy loss to Carrick, a draw against Ballymena who had not picked up a point until their game, and an embarrassing Mid-Ulster Cup exit to Hanover.

Linfield come into the game in form, having made a great start to the season.

Can Glenavon turn it around – here's five things you need to know ahead of Saturday's game at Mourneview Park.

  1. Linfield have had an unbeaten start to the league this season, with last week's draw against Coleraine the only game they have dropped points in out of their three games so far.
  2. There have been 20 goals in the last five meetings of these two teams – Linfield have scored 14 of those, including an 8-1 win at Windsor Park in January 2020.
  3. Andy Waterworth, who would be expected to start against his former club on Saturday, had not scored for Linfield in their last five meetings against Glenavon, and has only one goal in the last 10 meetings of the clubs, coming in the 85th minute of a 7-0 win for the Belfast club in 2019.
  4. His fellow ex-Bluemen, Mark Haughey and Mark Stafford, are also in contention to start for Glenavon. Linfield's defence have only kept eight clean sheets against Glenavon in the 21 games played between the clubs since 2016.
  5. Glenavon have won three of the last four meetings against David Healy's side at Mourneview Park, with the only loss coming when the league restarted in January following a COVID-19 'circuit breaker' period over Christmas.

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