THERE are four all Premiership clashes on Tuesday evening in the second round of the League Cup.
Defending champions Cliftonville will be looking to up their game after a two-nil home defeat to Crusaders at the weekend.
Tommy Breslin and his backroom staff had a long hard chat with Reds’ players following crushing loss which seen Cliftonville knocked off the top of the table to be replaced by arch rivals Linfield.
The Reds got off to a flying start to the Danske Bank Irish Premiership defence winning their first three games 4-2.
But in recent weeks Breslin’s men have been misfiring and the poor run of form has got both the management and fans worried following a succession of defeats.
Tonight, they face Dundela at Solitude in a must win game for the players to bounce back and give their fans something to cheer about.
In east Belfast, league table toppers Linfield face Glentoran at The Oval with the smart on a Blues win.
David Jeffrey’s men had a poor start to the season but their fortunes took a turn for the better when former Glens player Andy Waterworth returned to the team following an injury.
He has been scoring goals for fun and Jeffrey now has the nucleus of his team just right to forge ahead and advance in the League Cup.
Ballymena Utd had a good start to the season but in recent weeks manager Glenn Ferguson has seen a dip in form.
Tonight, the Braidmen host Ballinamallard at the Ballymena Showgrounds who beat them 1-0 last Friday night in the league, giving Ferguson cause for concern.
Lowly Ards make the long trip from the Peninsula in Co Down up the M1 motorway to face Dungannon in Co Tyrone.
Crusaders, who have had an indifferent start to the season, host Coleraine at Seaview in north Belfast.
Stephen Baxter’s players will be buoyed by their 2-0 win over league holders Cliftonville on Saturday.
LEAGUE CUP TUESDAY OCTOBER 8
Ballymena United v Ballinamallard Utd
Cliftonville v Dundela
Dungannon Swifts v Ards
Glentoran v Linfield
Lisburn Distillery v Portadown, at Shamrock Park
Crusaders v Coleraine
Bangor v Lurgan Celtic
Glenavon v Institute