It's the first 'Big Two' of the season with Linfield hosting champions Cliftonville at Windsor Park

It’s the first ‘Big Two’ of the season with Linfield hosting champions Cliftonville at Windsor Park

IT doesn’t get any more mouth-watering a tie than a a Big Two clash between arch rivals Linfield and Cliftonville.

The Danske Bank Irish Premier League 2013/2014 is only into its second weekend and already its a ‘Big Two’ day in Belfast.

The Windsor Park showdown is between the two teams expected to battle it out for the 2013/2014 league title.

It is the second of four tough opening matches for the Blues but Jeffrey is enjoying the challenge.

“We are relishing it – we are taking on the champions and if you don’t have the appetite for games like this you shouldn’t be in it,” said Jeffrey.

He added: “For us it is a great challenge, bring it on.”

The Blues started the opening match with a 1-1 draw away to Portadown.

Cliftonville continued where they left off last season with a win, defeating newboys Ards 4-2 at Solitude.

Portadown welcome Sean Mackle back from a hamstring injury as they prepare to take on Coleraine at the Showgrounds.

Glentoran pair Richard Clarke and Mark Miskimmin are suspended for the visit to Glentoran while Jay Magee, Jason Hill and John McGuigan are out injured.

Dungannon Swifts have a Stangmore Park encounter against a Ballinamallard side missing banned striker Andy Crawford.

Crusaders defender Colin Coates was red carded along with Crawford at Ferney Park last weekend and he is suspended for the meeting with Ballymena at the Showgrounds.

On Friday night, newly promoted Warrepoint got their first three points of the season with a 2-1 away win to Ards FC who are currently playing their home games at the Ballyclare Showgrounds.

Saturday, August 17, 2013: (KICK-OFFS 3PM)

Coleraine v Portadown

Crusaders v Ballymena Utd

Dungannon Swifts v Ballinamallard Utd

Glenavon v Glentoran

Linfield v Cliftonville

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