Action from the meeting between the sides back in September (c) Presseye

PREVIEW: CLIFTONVILLE v NEWRY CITY (LIVE ON SKY SPORTS)

Cliftonville host Newry City tonight in the Danske Bank Premiership live on Sky Sports, we look ahead to the game.

It’s the third live broadcast from a dramatic season in the Danske Bank Premiership, as the Sky Sports cameras descend on North Belfast, with plenty at stake as Cliftonville look to leapfrog both Crusaders and Coleraine into fourth place, whilst a much-needed win could lift Darren Mullen’s Newry side off the foot of the table.

The Reds will look to the league’s leading goalscorer Joe Gormley for the 28-year-old has scored 12 goals in 13 league games to date this season for Cliftonville.

Newry will be without influential midfielder Declan Carville who is suspended for this game. The Border side are the lowest scorers in the division with only eight strikes records, with Stephen Hughes the leading scorer on two.

Recent meetings

Following the newly reformed Newry City AFC’s promotion to the Danske Bank Premiership this season – the only meeting to date between the sides came back on 1 September as John Boyle’s goal was the difference between the sides at the Newry Showgrounds.

Current season form

It has been contrasting form for both these sides in recent weeks. Barry Gray’s Reds have won five out of their last six Danske Bank Premiership games. The Reds go into this game on the back of a 1-0 win against Glentoran last Saturday, thanks to Joe Gormley’s late strike.

Newry are without a win in their last nine league games having dropped to bottom the table, their last win in the Premiership was the 1-0 victory over tonight’s opponents Cliftonville in September. Last Friday they suffered a 3-0 defeat to the other North Belfast club, Crusaders.

Officials

The man in the middle tonight will be Steven Gregg, assisted by George Argyropoulos and Kristian Hanna with Andrew Davey as fourth official. Admission

Admission

As part of Cliftonville’s ‘Code Red’ initiative, admission has been reduced to £7 for adults and children under-11 are FREE!

Coverage

Match coverage hosted by Graham Little starts on Sky Sports Football from 7.45pm.

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