FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW: Glenavon v Glentoran
Robbie Garrett battles with Rhys Marshall for possession during Glenavon's win over Glentoran last March.
Friday 1 October 2021 13:00
Two teams looking to end a bad run of form meet at Mourneview Park on Saturday.
Mick McDermott brings his Glentoran side to Lurgan having suffered two straight 3-0 defeats to Crusaders and Linfield.
Glenavon, meanwhile, have not won in the league since their 6-1 thrashing of Warrenpoint Town four games ago.
Will either side be able to turn it around this Saturday? Here's our weekly run through the stats.
Glenavon have not won in their last three games, but for Glentoran, who have lost their last two games, you have to go back to 2019 to the last time that they lost three games in a row. That September they lost to Crusaders, Cliftonville and Coleraine (League Cup) in consecutive games.
Glenavon's win in March over Glentoran was their only win over the Belfast side in their last seven games against the Belfast side. Goals from Robbie Garrett and Matthew Fitzpatrick earned Glenavon the three points after Rory Donnelly had given the Glens a first half lead at Mourneview Park.
Of the previous 90 games played between the two teams, the Oval side have won almost double the amount of games that the Lurgan Blues have (43-23, with 24 draws).
Gary Hamilton has got the better of his former employers on 13 of the 36 occasions he has managed against them, losing 11 and drawing 12.
Former Glentoran defender, Calum Birney, made his first start in the league for the Lurgan Blues in Tuesday's loss to Larne since the 4-4 draw against Coleraine on November 7, 2020. He did, of course, also feature in the Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final and final at the end of last season.