Coleraine boss Rodney McAree is searching for his side's first win of his tenure (c) Presseye
Friday, 05 October 2018
A landmark weekend of live Danske Bank Premiership kicks off tonight at Seaview, we look ahead to all the fixtures - including a top of the table clash at the Coleraine Showgrounds.
Friday 5 October
Ards v Institute (venue: Clandeboye Park; kick-off: 7.45pm)
Colin Nixon is in the midst of an injury crisis at Clandeboye Park ahead of his side’s crucial home game with Insitute on Saturday. Ards are now only one point off the bottom of the table and need to start picking up points after back-to-back defeats to Glenavon and Cliftonville in the last two weeks. Despite Michael McLellan picking up the goal of the month award following his stunning long range effort against the Reds, Ards went 3-1 down to Cliftonville last time out.
Institute go into the game two points ahead of their opponents and will be keen to halt an alarming run of four defeats in a row, after a dismal September which has seen Paddy McLaughlin pick up only one point as the Maiden City club adjust to life in the Premiership.
Crusaders v Cliftonville (venue: Seaview; kick-off: 7.45pm)
Live on BBC Two NI – read our online match preview here.
Friday 6 October
Ballymena United v Newry City (venue: Ballymena Showgrounds; kick-off: 3pm)
The Sky Blues finally return to the Ballymena Showgrounds for the first time since the pitch was relayed during the summer. They’ve had the disadvantage of having their first nine games away from home but return to Warden Street in seventh place after a decent start to the campaign but only one point from their last three games.
Darren Mullen and his Newry City squad have failed to pick up any points on their travels to date in the Danske Bank Premiership, but go into this game following two consecutive home draws to Warrenpoint Town and Coleraine in their last two outings.
Coleraine v Glenavon (venue: Coleraine Showgrounds; kick-off: 3pm)
Whilst plenty of focus will be on Friday and Monday’s live broadcast games, there is a huge top of the table clash at Mourneview Park on Saturday. Lurgan Blues’ boss Gary Hamilton has guided his side to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership and will be looking to increase the gap over title rivals Coleraine to ten points with a win on Saturday at the Ballycastle Road.
Rodney McAree is still without his first win as Bannsiders’ boss after three draws in his first three games at the helm. Whilst Coleraine still remain one of only two unbeaten sides in the Premiership this season.
Dungannon Swifts v Warrenpoint Town (venue: Stangmore Park; kick-off: 3pm)
New Swifts’ boss Kris Lindsay marks his first home game in charge of the club against Warrenpoint Town on Saturday at Stangmore Park, as he aims to lift the Tyrone club away from the foot of the Premiership table.
Currently occupying bottom spot in the Premiership are visitors Warrenpoint Town. Who after losing their first six Premiership games in succession, have bounced back to go four games unbeaten in all competitions and fought back with ten men to earn a hard fought draw against Glentoran last Saturday. Manager Stephen McDonnell is of the guests on this week’s Cool FM Football Show.