LINFIELD manager David Jeffrey will be hoping his team’s away form doesn’t desert them tonight up the M2.
The Blues travel to the Showgrounds in Coleraine for a mouthwatering clash between the clubs who are fierce rivals in the Danske Bank Irish Premier League.
In their last five away games, Linfield have won two, drawn two and lost one while their home form has let them down with three defeats at Windsor Park.
The most humiliating defeat was against Premier new boys Ballinamallard who beat the Blues 3-1 at the south Belfast ground.
It was the upset of the season so far but ‘Mallard struggled on Saturday at home and lost out to Stephen Baxter’s Crusaders.
Two unstoppables from Paul Heatley gave ‘The Hatchet Men’ the richly deserved three points.
The win pushed Crusaders into their place behind ‘Mallard and table toppers Cliftonville who hammered Dungannon Swifts 4-0.
A win tonight for Linfield will leap frog them into sixth place with a better goal difference that Ballymena Utd.
However, a win for Coleraine would see them overtake ‘Mallard and put them into second place with just two points behind Cliftonville.
Mark McAllister could make a return for Linfield tonight in front of the Sky cameras.
McAllister has been out of action for a number of weeks because of a hamstring injury but has been back in action for Linfield Swifts.
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney is hopeful that Howard Beverland, Kyle McVey and Joel Bradley will shake off knocks and illness to be fit.
They all missed training early last week but look likely to be available.
Beverland has played in recent matches despite carrying an injury while Bradley sustained a hamstring strain in the defeat at Ballinamallard.
McVey was bothered by a chest infection last week but was able to train with the squad on Saturday.
Linfield’s Peter ‘Pistol Pete’ Thompson is set to play his 350th game for the club.
His sharpness in front of the goal could get Linfield three needy points to keep them in contention for league winners.