Glenavon will look to keep up their impressive recent run of form when they travel to Windsor Park on Saturday to take on Linfield.

The Lurgan Blues came within a whisker of getting something out of their last trip to the National Stadium just a few weeks ago.

After going 2-1 up through a Matthew Fitzpatrick brace, a Joel Cooper equaliser and a goal three minutes from time from Eetu Vertainen would deny Glenavon victory over David Healy’s men.

But since that cold Tuesday night Glenavon have taken 10 points from a possible 12, drawing last Saturday with a very good Cliftonville team and beating Carrick Rangers, Ballymena United and most recently Glentoran.

Hamilton wants to see the same level of character that his side have shown in their recent games carried through to Saturday’s trip to Belfast.

“It’s another difficult and tough game,” he said.

“However, so has Cliftonville and Glentoran.

“If you could pick the worst week in Irish League football in terms of fixtures thrown at you it would be Cliftonville away, Glentoran at home and Linfield away.

“Thankfully, we’ve been able to take four points from them and dealt with it.”

In terms of team news, Calum Birney is a doubt for Saturday’s game but Conor Scannell is once again available for selection.

* Glenavon supporters are advised that tickets are still on sale by clicking here. Since our last trip to Windsor Park, when our fans were seated in the corner of the ground, the club has been in contact with Linfield regarding the matter. We have been advised that on this occasion Glenavon fans will be seated in the North Stand.

LAST TIME OUT: It was substitute Eetu Vertainen who hit the winner – three minutes from time – in Linfield’s 3-2 success.

Kirk Millar shot the Blues ahead in the first half but a Matthew Fitzpatrick double had the Linfield fans on the edge of their seats.

Joel Cooper managed to level on 75 minutes before Vertainen came off the bench to win it right at the end.


REFEREE: Tim Marshall

ASSISTANT REFEREES: Andrew Nethery, George Argyropoulos