Match day 15 sees five fixtures take place at the usual 3pm Saturday kick off time. The other game comes on Monday night live on the Sky Sports cameras between Cliftonville and Newry City. Crusaders travel to face Ards. ‘Stute’ head to Mid-Ulster to face Dungannon and Warrenpoint head to Lurgan to face Glenavon. Two big games both come in Belfast this weekend. Ballymena head to East Belfast to play Glentoran and the ‘Bannsiders’ travel to Windsor Park to face Linfield in what should be a cracking game.
Ards will be aiming to get something out of this game as there are without a win since beating Linfield back in the middle of October. There is no reason why Ards couldn’t run the Crues close in this one, if they implement the same game plan they did against Linfield at Clandeboye Park. Set up with 11 men behind the ball and the aim to frustrate their opponent worked perfect when the so called ‘bigger teams’ visit Clandeboye.
Crusaders have the opportunity to build on an important victory last Friday night away to Newry. This will be no easy game for the Crues and they will have to be up to the challenge to break down a stubborn Ards team. Paul Heatley was back in the goals last week which is a major boost for the North Belfast club. Could ‘Heats’ be back in form to fire Crusaders up the table?
The Drumahoe side travel to Mid-Ulster this weekend to face a struggling Dungannon Swifts team. The Swifts will be aiming to turn their season around very quickly under new boss Kris Lindsay. With still only one win this season Dungannon will be aiming to change that tally this coming weekend. With Ards and Warrenpoint having tough fixtures this weekend a victory for the Swifts could potentially lift them out of the relegation zone. However, it will be no easy ride against an Institute side who have made an impressive start back in the top flight.
‘Stute’ suffered defeat last week in the North West derby but this will certainly be a fixture they will be targeting to take something from the game. Paddy McLaughlin will have his men right up for this one, and will be aiming to hit Dungannon while they are struggling for form. An extremely tough game to call but I am going for a Dungannon victory!
The ‘Lurgan Blues’ shall be aiming to bounce back in fast fashion after suffering a 2-1 defeat away to Ballymena on Friday night past. Glenavon still find themselves joint top of the Danske Bank Premiership with Linfield and have been the talking point of the season so far. Gary Hamilton’s young side have been very impressive this far and are playing with a lot of confidence. The talented Mark Sykes found the net yet again on Friday night. Sykes is being heavily linked with a move to England in January and if he keeps this current form up there is no reason why he could not make the switch!
Warrenpoint travel to Mourneview after an extremely impressive point last weekend against a strong Linfield team at Windsor Park. The Co. Down men will go into this game with nothing to fear after an impressive defensive display last weekend. If the ‘Point’ can replicate that display there is every chance they could take something from the game. A game I expect to have goals in! I am going for Glenavon to bounce back.
A cracking fixture in the East this weekend! An in form Ballymena team travel to Belfast to face Glentoran in what could be a very exciting fixture. David Jeffrey has talked down Ballymena’s potential title challenge by telling local journalists to ‘Wise Up’! However, if Ballymena continue their good grain of form there is no reason why the maybe couldn’t compete at the top.
Glentoran suffered a narrow defeat away to Cliftonville last week which came in controversial circumstances. In the build up to the Reds goal in the last minute of the game there was a clear foul on Robbie McDaid that was not given which led to Joe Gormley’s goal. You could see the steam coming from big Ronnie’s ears! With the Glens having a few key suspensions I am going for an away victory to David Jeffrey’s men!
The most anticipated fixture of this round of games comes at Windsor Park. Coleraine travel to South Belfast to face Linfield in what has the makings for a great game of football. A win in this fixture for either team would be a vital 3 points. Linfield will be aiming to bounce back with a win after a disappointing home draw with Warrenpoint last weekend despite dominating the game. David Healy’s men can remain top with three more points but it will no easy task.
Coleraine have been so far very inconsistent. After picking up a all three points last weekend away at Institute they will be keen to try and gather some form of momentum and climb the table. After a 0-0 stalemate at the showgrounds in early October I cant see this one at Windsor being the same! My tip for this game is both teams to score and a Linfield win!
‘The Reds’ face Newry on Monday night at 7:45pm live on the Sky Sports cameras. Cliftonville have quietly climbed the Danske Bank Premiership table and sit in forth spot. They have built up a head of steam and are on a good run of results recently. ‘Joe The Goal’ continued his fine start to the season last weekend with another goal bring his tally to 12 in the league so far this season. Their last two fixtures were two very tough games away to Coleraine and home to Glentoran where they managed to pick up maximum points from both. Coming into Monday’s game in fine form it is hard not to fancy Barry Gray’s side.
New boys Newry are really struggling to build any sort of form at all after another disappointing 3-0 loss to Crusaders on Friday past. They currently lye bottom of the Premiership table and desperately need a result here to build some form of confidence. Things don’t get any easier for City as they travel to North Belfast to face in form Cliftonville. I am going for a comfortable home win in this one!