PREVIEW: DUNGANNON SWIFTS v LINFIELD (LIVE ON BBC TWO NI)

Linfield could take another big step closer to the Danske Bank Premiership title at Dungannon Swifts tonight live on BBC Two NI (kick-off: 7.45pm).

It’s the start of the final round of fixtures before the ‘split’ as David Healy’s men enjoy a six point lead at the top of the Premiership table with six games left to play as they search for a 53rd Gibson Cup at Windsor Park.

The Blues enjoyed a win over Institute last Saturday as they bounced back from two uncharacteristic defeats in a week to Glenavon (Premiership) and Crusaders (County Antrim Shield) leading into the ‘Stute win.

It’s a first live televised Danske Bank Premiership broadcast at Stangmore Park as the Swifts chase down a place in the Europa League playoffs. They start the weekend in eighth position and can leap frog Glentoran to move into the coveted seventh spot with a home win tonight.

Swifts’ manager Kris Lindsay will be familiar to winning league titles at Windsor Park, he previously played in David Jeffrey’s successful Linfield team and will be hoping to continue the successful start to his own fledgling managerial career. Dungannon Swifts go into the game following a 1-0 defeat to Glenavon at Mourneview Park last Saturday.

Meetings this season

All three meetings this season between Linfield and the Swifts have ended in wins for David Healy’s side. The 3-0 win in September at Windsor Park was followed by a 2-1 victory in October at Stangmore Park, both games in the Danske Bank Premiership. The sides also met in the semi-final of the BetMcLean League Cup in December, as it took a last minute Andy Waterworth goal to send the Blues on their way to the final against the holders.

Match Officials

Keith Kennedy takes charge of this Danske Bank Premiership encounter with Stephen Bell and Andrew Nethery as his assistant referees. The fourth official is Steven Gregg.

Coverage

Coverage starts on BBC Two NI from 7.30pm, and is also accessible through the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport app.

Tickets

There are no tickets required for this game and will be pay at the gate with admission priced at £11 for adults and £8 concession.

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