DANSKE BANK PREMIERSHIP MATCHDAY 11 PREVIEW

IT'S matchday 11 this weekend in the Danske Bank Premiership with five games on Saturday at 3pm including Linfield v Glentoran.

Table-topping Linfield start their post Warren Feeney era with a game at Windsor Park against Glentoran.  The only points the Blues have dropped this season have been in a 3-0 defeat at Seaview and in last weekend’s thrilling 3-3 draw at Solitude.  A win against their rivals from East Belfast would be the perfect start for the caretaker management team of Andy Todd and Alfie Wylie 

Glentoran have been inconsistent all season and are coming off the back of a disappointing 2-0 home loss to Ballinamallard Utd. However, the Glens have not lost two games in a row in their last 20 games in all domestic competitions (despite eventually losing, they drew 0-0 with the Welders after 90 mins in the County Antrim Shield).

Crusaders entertain Warrenpoint Town at Seaview as they look to extend their 10-game unbeaten run in the Danske Bank Premiership as they close in on top spot in the table. Stephen Baxter’s side have netted nine times in their last two games and will be hoping for more goals against Warrenpoint who have only won once this season.

Carrick Rangers host Coleraine at the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena with both sides going into the game with differing form. Carrick have lost their last two games while the Bannsiders have won theirs. In Carrick’s last season in the Premiership in 2011/12, they were on the receiving end of three defeats to Oran Kearney’s side, conceding 10 goals in the process.

Darren Murphy’s Dungannon Swifts welcome Cliftonville to Stangmore Park hoping to end a run of 25 games since they have beaten the Reds. The last time they tasted victory was in February 2008. Gerard Lyttle’s team come into the game on a four game unbeaten streak and will want to grab another three points to keep pace with Linfield and Crusaders at the top of the table.

The last time Portadown and Ballymena United met at Shamrock Park was the unforgettable 5-5 draw last January with Gary Twigg grabbing a hat-trick before two late goals snatched a draw for Glenn Ferguson’s men.  Portadown have been inconsistent of late but won last weekend thanks to a 94th minute penalty away to Carrick Rangers. Ballymena on the other hand, although losing to Crusaders in their last game, they played very well and have been in fine form since the start of September.

Danske Bank Premiership – Saturday 10 October, 3pm

Crusaders  v  Warrenpoint Town

Carrick Rangers  v  Coleraine

Dungannon Swifts  v  Cliftonville

Linfield  v  Glentoran

Portadown  v  Ballymena Utd