DANSKE BANK PREMIERSHIP - MATCHDAY 6 PREVIEW

With two games postponed due to several players being called up for international duty, we have four games on Saturday at 3pm in this week's Danske Bank Premiership.

Ards can move back to the top of the table with a win but this will be easier said than done as league leaders Crusaders visit the Bangor Fuels Arena.  Niall Currie's men have lost just once in their six outings this season, a 1-0 defeat away to Glenavon last Saturday, but shipped four goals in each of their three losses to Stephen Baxter's side the last time they were in the Premiership in 2013/14. Already the Crues boast the highest goal return as well as the meanest defence in the league and they will be hoping this form continues on Saturday.

Ballinamallard United host Coleraine at Ferney Park as they seek to record their first Premiership win of the season. Despite losing four of their five games, they have only been beaten by a single goal on each occasion and were unlucky to lose against Cliftonville on Saturday after playing the majority of the game with 10 men.  Coleraine finally got their first win of the season last weekend in a convincing 4-1 win against Glentoran. Adding this result to their two draws against Linfield and Crusaders, Oran Kearney's side will be aiming to continue their solid start at Ferney.

Dungannon Swifts are in excellent form taking seven points from their last three games as Ballymena United head to Stangmore Park.  After beating Coleraine and Cliftonville in their previous outings, Rodney McAree's team earned the plaudits for their positivity in their 1-1 draw at Windsor Park on Saturday.  Ballymena United still look to be aiming for some consistency  this campaign. Their two wins so far sandwiched a 4-3 defeat to in-form Ards while David Jeffrey will be asking his players for a repeat of their 4-2 win at Stangmore in April.

Portadown entertain Carrick Rangers at Shamrock Park as Pat McGibbon aims to end his side's three game losing streak in the Premiership. A midweek six goal win against Donegal Celtic in the League Cup might give the Ports some much needed confidence as former assistant manager Kieran Harding comes back to sit in the away dugout.  Carrick, who have also only won once this season, are also in need of the three points after a 4-1 loss to Ballymena last time out.

Danske Bank Premiership - Saturday 3 September - 3pm

Ards  v  Crusaders

Ballinamallard United  v  Coleraine

Dungannon Swifts  v  Ballymena United

Portadown  v  Carrick Rangers