David Cushley of Crusaders and Stephen Lowry of Linfield battle it out in the last meeting between the two sides at Windsor Park. (c)Press Eye/Stephen Hamilton


The Sky Sports cameras are back for their second game of the season in the Danske Bank Premiership as Linfield and Crusaders meet at Windsor Park tonight (kick-off: 7.45pm).

The fixture has suddenly become a huge tie for both teams that neither can afford to lose, as last season’s top two find themselves occupying third and fourth positions in the League table behind both Coleraine and Glenavon.

One team’s impressive record will come to an end tonight though as David Healy’s Blues have won all their domestic games at home this season and likewise Crusaders have won all the domestic away fixtures to date. Though Linfield will be playing at home for the first time since 16th September owing to the international calendar and go into this game having lost three out of their last four games.

Linfield will be looking to bounce back from defeat to Coleraine at the Ballycastle Road last weekend in dramatic late circumstances and whilst Crusaders became the first team to defeat the Bannsiders in the mid-week BetMcLean League Cup tie, they too will be looking to also get back on track having suffered a loss to Glenavon at Mourneview Park last Saturday.

Last time out

The two sides met last month at Seaview in another classic encounter which seen Crusaders come out on top win a 2-1 thanks to two stunning goals from Jordan Forsythe and Paul Heatley. Last season Linfield had the measure of Baxter’s Crues in the Danske Bank Premiership, winning twice and drawing twice en route to the league title.

BetMcLean odds

Linfield win [6/5], Draw [9/4], Crusaders win [19/10]


The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football from 7.40pm tonight and will also be available on BBC Radio Ulster MW.

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