Wednesday, 30 November 2016
The Danske Bank Premiership fixtures are split over two days this weekend with three matches on Friday night and three matches on Saturday.
Friday 2nd December
Glenavon vs Dungannon Swifts (7:45 pm)
The last meeting between theses sides saw three players dismissed with Glenavon ending the game with nine men. A Dungannon equaliser gave them a 1-1 draw at Stangmore, but that was their first point against Gary Hamilton’s team in five games. Glenavon have lost just once in 13 games in all competitions. Dungannon are struggling to find winning form as they have only won one of their last eight games in all competitions, but their last win was a victory away from home against Ballymena.
Coleraine vs Cliftonville (7:45 pm)
Intriguing game in store at the Showgrounds as Coleraine host Cliftonville. Five points separate the sides in third and fourth in the table and a home win would see the Bannsiders cut Gerard Lyttle’s men lead over them to just two points. The last time these two played at the Ballycastle Road ground, Coleraine ran out comfortable 3-0 winners with Neil McCafferty netting twice. Coleraine are looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Carrick Rangers in their last match. Cliftonville come in to the game of the back of three league victories in a row.
Ards vs Ballinamallard United (8:00 pm)
It’s a Friday night kick-off for Ards and Ballinamallard United at the Bangor Fuels Arena, as it was in the first meeting of the season at Ferney in a game that saw the Mallards come out on top. Niall Currie will be hoping his Ards side grabs the points this time, as the last seven games has failed to produce an away win in this fixture. Both are currently searching for form with the hosts losing five of their last seven Premiership games, while the Mallards have failed to register a point in their last seven. Ballinamallard have only won one away game all season so a good performance is needed by them to get anything out of this fixture on Friday night.
Saturday 3rd December (3pm)
Ballymena United vs Portadown
Strikes from Kyle Owens and Johnny McMurray gave United a 2-0 win in September and David Jeffrey will be demanding more of the same. Following Ballymena’s recent 4-1 loss in their last home fixture, the Sky Blues will be hoping to get back to winning ways against bottom of the table Portadown. Ballymena go into the game after back to back defeats, whilst Portadown only have one win in their last 13. Portadown have scored the least amount of goals in the league all season, only scoring 11, their luck will need to change to secure a victory on Saturday.
Crusaders vs Glentoran
The Crues have won five in a row against the Glens as they prepare to meet at Seaview. Table-topping Crusaders find themselves seven points clear at the summit of the Danske Bank Premiership and must be confident of another victory against a side that hasn’t registered a League win at Seaview since 2011. Both teams have only lost one of their last eight games in the League. Crusaders have scored 24 more goals than Glentoran in the league this season in their 18 games to date.
Linfield vs Carrick Rangers
This is a game that Linfield must surely hope to win if they are to maintain their title challenge this season. A last gasp defeat to Cliftonville at Windsor Park will have hurt David Healy and his players and he will be asking for a response in front of their home fans against Carrick. The Blues have won the last three meetings 2-0. Few would argue that a win for Carrick would be a massive upset, but they come in to the game unbeaten in three matches in all competitions. Linfield also go in to the game in good form having only lost one game in their last eight.
Danske Bank Premiership- Friday 2 December
Coleraine v Cliftonville (7:45pm)
Glenavon v Dungannon Swifts (7:45pm)
Ards v Ballinamallard (8:00pm)
Danske Bank Premiership- Saturday 3 December (3pm)
Ballymena United v Portadown
Crusaders v Glentoran
Linfield v Carrick Rangers