DANSKE BANK PREMIERSHIP MATCHDAY 32 PREVIEW

We head into Saturday's games in the Danske Bank Premiership with the Crues just two points clear at the top of the table after their shock defeat to Carrick Rangers and Linfield's victory against Ballinamallard United.

Crusaders will look to get back on the winning trail as they entertain Dungannon Swifts at Seaview on Saturday at 3pm. Stephen Baxter’s side are aiming for four wins from four meetings this season against the Swifts after winning both games away from home to add to their 4-0 win at Seaview way back in August.  Dungannon, however have taken 13 points from their last six games compared to the Crues nine points, so on recent form this game could be closer than their respective league positions suggest.

Coleraine host Glenavon at the Showgrounds with the Bannsiders searching for their first home win in four games after losing the last three including a 1-0 loss to Dungannon last Saturday. On the other hand, Glenavon have gone eight away games undefeated dating back to November with two draws and six wins including a 2-0 victory on their last trip to Coleraine in December.  Rhys Marshall has netted in both of Glenavon’s last two wins against Oran Kearney’s side but is unavailable for this game as he is on International duty with the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad.

Carrick Rangers produced potentially the shock result of the season on Tuesday as they defeated Crusaders 4-3 in a thriller. They welcome Glentoran to the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena this Saturday knowing that another three points could propel them even further from the relegation battle now below them but will have to do so without the services of Aaron Harmon and manager Gary Haveron following red cards on Tuesday night.  The Glens won their first game in four last Saturday against Portadown and have not lost to Carrick in three meetings this season.

Portadown face Warrenpoint Town at Shamrock Park as caretaker manager Pat McGibbon searches for his first win in charge of the Ports who have lost five of their last six. Opposite number Barry Gray has seen his side’s relegation fightback stall in recent games after two 3-1 defeats on the bounce, but he goes into this game knowing that Point have won the last two meetings against the Ports, including a 2-1 League Cup win at Shamrock in October.

Danske Bank Premiership

Saturday 26 March – 3pm

Carrick Rangers  v  Glentoran

Coleraine  v  Glenavon

Crusaders  v  Dungannon Swifts

Portadown  v  Warrenpoint Town