Action from last season's game between Glentoran and Crusaders. (c)Stephen Hamilton/Presseye


The Danske Bank Premiership returns to Sky Sports this season with a mouth-watering tie at The Oval between Glentoran and Crusaders on Monday night (kick-off: 7.45pm).

Glentoran have enjoyed a revival under manager Gary Haveron so far this season and are currently sitting fifth in the league and could leap frog the Crues with a win on Monday evening. They almost became the first team to defeat in-form Coleraine last Saturday, but only for an unfortunately last minute penalty miss.

The Crues have struggled to push on from their huge win against Linfield a few weeks ago, with consecutive draws against Ards and Dungannon Swifts at home but will be eager to bounce back in front of the Sky Sports cameras tonight.

Last time out

It was a one sided affair last time out at the Oval back in January when early Crusaders goals from Declan Caddell and Gavin Whyte before Nacho Novo sent off before half time. Paul Heatley scored the third in the second half to seal a comfortable 3-0 win to keep Stephen Baxter’s men at the top of the league.

What the players say

Glentoran’s John McGuigan: “It’s great to be one of the first teams to be on Sky this season, I’ve already played a couple of games on Sky so it’s great to get another one under my belt. Hopefully the crowds will come out and we will relish it and hopefully put a performance and win the game for them.” [read more]

Crusaders’ Sean Ward: “Glentoran are going very well, should have maybe got three points against Coleraine and have a mix of young players and experience. I’ve never had it easy as a player against Glentoran throughout my career and there’s no doubt this is a massive game and we’re really looking forward to it.” [read more]

Bet McLean odds

Glentoran win [19/5],Draw [14/5], Crusaders win [3/5]

Admission details:

Adults: £11.00 Supporters over 18 years old and under pensionable age.

Concession: £7.00 Supporters under 18 years old or over pensionable age.

Children: £1.00 Supporters under 11 years old and accompanied by a paying adult.

Disabled Spectators & Carers A single fee of £11.00 will allow both entrance, provided the carer views the match from the same designated area as the disabled spectator.

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