Newry City will arrive at the Ballymena Showgrounds tomorrow with both sides looking nervously over their shoulders.
City and United have struggled to hit the ground running this season and neither team wants to be cast adrift of the top six.
Although the Braidmen have lost back-to-back clashes against Crusaders they did hold Cliftonville to a 1-1 draw last weekend and a similar dose of fighting spirit will make it an uncomfortable afternoon for the visitors.
“We shouldn’t be fearing anyone with the squad we have,” said City boss Gerry Flynn. “I honestly believe there is very little between all the teams and the Big Two aren’t in a different class either.”
City can go into the game on a high after Andy Graham's two first-half goals were enough to see off Donegal Celtic 2-1 last weekend. But the Sky Blues will prove a more difficult obstacle this week. If the border men take all three points they will leapfrog United in the league table.