DANSKE BANK PREMIERSHIP MATCHDAY 13 PREVIEW

THERE are six Danske Bank Premiership games in Matchday 13 as leaders Linfield host Carrick Rangers and second placed Crusaders welcome Glenavon to Seaview.

David Healy’s Linfield are at Windsor Park as Carrick Rangers come to town hoping for a change of fortune after a run of five straight defeats in all competitions in which they have only netted twice. The Blues scored three unanswered goals in a 3-0 win at Carrick in August and have only lost once in the league this season.

Crusaders slipped off top spot after a draw last weekend and they welcome Glenavon to Seaview.  The Crues have won the last three meetings between the sides including an amazing 7-3 win last season. Glenavon head to Seaview in decent form however having won three games in a row.  This game sees a referee team from the Lithuanian FA take charge of the match.

It’s fourth vs third at the Showgrounds as Coleraine welcome Cliftonville to Ballycastle Road.  Oran Kearney’s side can leapfrog the Reds with what would be their sixth victory in a row in all competitions and a fourth in a row against Cliftonville at the Showgrounds. 

Warrenpoint Town sit bottom of the table as managerless Glentoran come to Milltown. Point had their chances last week against Linfield but ultimately lost 3-0 and are on a run of six defeats in the Premiership. The Glens have taken four points from their last two games, and despite losing their manager last weekend, will want a repeat of their 2-1 win from August when Curtis Allen grabbed a brace.

Portadown welcome Ballinamallard United to Shamrock Park knowing that a third defeat in a row could see them drop into the bottom half of the table.  Having been comprehensively outplayed at Cliftonville, Ronnie McFall’s side will need to improve dramatically as Whitey Anderson’s Mallards arrive having been unlucky to only draw with Crusaders last week to add to their win at Windsor Park 10 days ago.

There were four home wins last season each time Ballymena United and Dungannon Swifts played, and Glenn Ferguson will hope this continues on Saturday at the Showgrounds. Darren Murphy’s side won 2-0 in August but are currently in a run of five straight defeats in all competitions. 

Danske Bank Premiership – Saturday 24 October, 3pm

Ballymena United  v  Dungannon Swifts

Coleraine  v  Cliftonville

Crusaders  v  Glenavon

Linfield  v  Carrick Rangers

Portadown  v  Ballinamallard United

Warrenpoint Town  v  Glentoran

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