Linfield midfielder Andy Mitchell believes the Blues are showing the hunger needed to win a title fight.
David Healy's side have made a strong start to the Danske Bank Premiership season and can move a point behind leaders Glenavon with a victory over Glentoran at The Oval in front of the Sky Sports cameras this evening.
Linfield's defence has underlined their new-found steel and resilience with only two goals conceded in nine matches but that rearguard will be tested in the first Big Two showdown of the campaign.
"I think this season we are a bit more hungry and have more steel," said former Crusaders ace Mitchell.
"The gaffer has brought in fresh faces and the new lads have hit the ground running.
"That's blended in with the hurt from last season which is driving everyone on.
"We are a different kettle of fish this year and performances show that.
"Teams will fancy their chances in the title race without saying it, but we need to concentrate on ourselves and it's accepted that a Linfield team needs to be challenging for the title, especially after what happened last season."
Big Two scraps are always feisty affairs and former Glens defender Gary Smyth, who returned to the Oval in the summer with another club legend Paul Leeman to work alongside manager Ronnie McFall, said: "I can't wait.
"It's been a while since I've been involved in a Big Two game.
"We've lost once this season and it was the first game of the season so we are on a good run.
"We can go out with a lot of confidence and hopefully go out and enjoy ourselves."