IF you’re looking for goals, Windsor Park is the place to be on Saturday afternoon.
Glenavon take on Linfield and Gary Hamilton is predicting a tough day for both defences.
David Jeffrey’s side have conceded 21 goals in their first 15 league games and Hamilton is keen for his team to target the Belfast side’s shaky back-line on Saturday afternoon.
He said: “There aren’t too many weak points in any of the top teams but one of Linfield’s is probably their defence. They’re conceding a few goals and we managed to score two against them in the last game. Most teams, even if they’ve been beaten, have scored against them. That’s why you have to go and attack them and hope you can get a result.”
However, at the other end of the pitch, Linfield haven’t had the same problems as they are the joint second top scorers with 26. The Lurgan Blues’ boss knows that his own defence will have to be on top form to hold out their opponents.
“Going forward, they will score goals so we have to defend as well as we can and try and get a couple. There’s no reason why we can’t get a result. All we can do is ask the players to go and give a good account of themselves. Hopefully that will be good enough.”
Jeffrey’s men have had a series of false dawns so far this term, not least their 6-0 League Cup win over Ballymena United last week, which was quickly followed by a 3-0 loss to league leaders Cliftonville.
Despite their off-colour start to the season, however, Hamilton isn’t expecting an easy trip on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s never a good time to play Linfield,” he added. “It will always be a hard match. Even though they have given themselves a mountain to climb now, I still think Linfield will win the league. They’ll still be up there at the end of the season.
“They are still a force to be reckoned with but we know that we have nothing to lose. Everyone will be expecting Linfield to take the three points on Saturday but we know that on our day, we can compete with the best. We can beat any team in the league and hopefully we can bring our last couple of performances into this game.
“We’re not a team that’s going to win nine or ten games on the bounce because we don’t have the squad for that but we can create the odd shock.”
Despite his policy of refusing to change a winning side, Hamilton will be forced into one alteration as Ciaran Doherty is suspended.
Hamilton conceded that he has few options in central midfield as Niall Henderson will not be available to return from injury this weekend.