FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW: Glenavon v Glentoran
Wednesday 13 October 2021 11:48
Glenavon lock horns with Glentoran for the second time in less than a fortnight, with a place in the quarter-finals of the Bet McLean League Cup at stake.
The Lurgan Blues have not enjoyed much success in this competition - you have to go back to 1989 to find Glenavon's last appearance on the trophy.
And they've not had the best start to the season either - just one win in the league and they are five games into a winless streak.
But buoyed by a fine performance away to Coleraine on Friday night, could tonight be the night that Glenavon kick-start their season? Here's five things you need to know about tonight's big game.
And, by the way, tickets are still available for tonight's match - click here to get yours.
Glenavon's last victory was against Portstewart in the League Cup in September, meaning Glenavon have not won in their last five outings (three draws, two defeats).
Since the horror show against Carrick Rangers, where Glenavon lost 4-0, the Lurgan Blues have been a lot tighter at the back. They have conceded just four goals in their last five games, keeping two clean sheets in the process. Glenavon kept seven clean sheets during the entirety of last season.
James Taylor impressed during his 90 minutes between the sticks for Glenavon away to Coleraine last Friday. That was his first league start in almost a year, when he togged out at the Oval against Glentoran on October 24, 2020. Glenavon's number one at the time, Jonny Tuffey, missed the game after picking up tonsillitis.
Glenavon and Glentoran haven't met in the League Cup since they played in the last sixteen in the 2014-15 edition of the competition. A Fra McCaffrey hat-trick, Curtis Allen free-kick and Jordan Stewart finish saw the east Belfast outfit run out 5-1 winners against the ten man Lurgan Blues.
Glenavon have lost all but one of their four home games this season, drawing against Linfield to avoid a clean sweep of losses at Mourneview Park so far this season