Friday, 02 October 2015
LEAGUE leaders Linfield face another trip to North Belfast this weekend as they travel to Solitude to face in-form Cliftonville in what is one of six Danske Bank Premiership games on Saturday at 3pm.
Speaking to the NI Football League, Reds defender Tomas Cosgrove stressed the importance the game is to both sides.
“It’s a huge game for both sides, and at the end of the game we will see where we stand in the title race. If we can win it cuts the gap to just two points. We drew with them three times and beat them once last season so it is always a tough game and it is one the fans look forward to.”
Linfield manager Warren Feeney says that his side will treat this game in the same as every other game this season.
“We can just go into the game with confidence, like we do with every game and look for a positive result. Our confidence is high at the minute, but I’m sure Cliftonville’s is as well. They have had three good results under Gerard (Lyttle). I know it is going to be very hard but I have every confidence we can get the result.”
Linfield go into the game five points clear of Cliftonville and four points ahead of 2014/15 champions Crusaders.
The Crues travel to the Ballymena Showgrounds knowing that either the Reds, Blues or both will drop points and a win is a must for them if they are to take advantage. Ballymena, however, are in fine form themselves having won four and drawn two of their last six games.
Carrick Rangers are without the suspended trio of Miguel Chines, Aaron Harmon and Andrew Doyle as they welcome a Portadown team desperate for a win that could kick-start their season.
Coleraine entertain Warrenpoint Town at the Showgrounds as they look to cement their place in the top four after a solid start to the season. Barry Gray’s side, however, have lost their last three games and sit bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership.
Glenavon host Dungannon Swifts at Mourneview Park as both sides look to shore up their leaky defences having conceded six and seven goals respectively in their last two games.
Glentoran are at home to Ballinamallard United in a game that they must be looking at to grab three points from. The Mallards lie in 11th place in the table and have never beaten the Glens in the Premiership in all 10 games they have played.
Danske Bank Premiership
Saturday, 3 October, 3pm
Ballymena United v Crusaders
Carrick Rangers v Portadown
Cliftonville v Linfield
Coleraine v Warrenpoint Town
Glenavon v Dungannon Swifts
Glentoran v Ballinamallard United