As we enter the final programme of fixtures before Christmas we see this weekends games kicked off tonight in Newry. The fixture of the weekend see’s second Vs third at Windosr Park.
This weekends fixtures kick off tonight in Newry at the Showgrounds. Newry have dropped into the relegation playoff places after a 1-1 draw last weekend at Stangmore. Darren Mullen will be rallying his players for this one as the Glens in their current run of form are more than beatable.
The Glens could possibly go ten games without a win if they fail to pick up all three points this evening. They find themselves seven points adrift of the top six. If Glentoran are to achieve their season target of finishing in the top six they really need to start winning games as soon as possible!
League leaders Ballymena show no signs of letting their foot off the gas. They are chasing down a club record of 17 games unbeaten and there is no reason why this cannot be achieved this weekend at home to bottom side Ards. David Jeffrey’s men have two point lead over Linfield who have a tough test of Glenavon this weekend. The Sky Blues have wasted no time in the transfer market announcing the arrival of Ryan Harpur from Dungannon.
Struggling Ards are now 5 points adrift at the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table. The last two fixtures between the two sides Ballymena came out on top. Ards have not win a game in ten since defeating Linfield back in October.
Coleraine welcome Dungannon to the Ballycastle Road this Saturday. The game see’s Rodney McAree take on his former side for the first time since departing. He will be keen for his team to bounce back are a humiliating defeat live on BBC last Friday evening. loosing 4-0 to Glenavon.
Dungannon find themselves in a relegation dog fight and are only one point above the play off place. News broke this weekend that captain Ryan Harpur will be leaving to join Ballymena so he will most likely not feature. Kris Lindsay will be demanding to pick up points over the festive period to try and put some distance from the danger of relegation.
Champions Crusaders sit in fifth position in the table after a 1-0 win over Dungannon last weekend. They are currently seven points off the top and will be keen to make some of that ground up over the festive period. This weekend I am going for a comfortable home victory for the champions.
The Point are currently in ninth position and are definitely not safe from the relegation spots. A tough fixture for the border club however, they should have some confidence in this one as Crusaders only managed an injury time winner in the last fixture between the pair.
Institute will be aiming to close an impressive first half of the season on a high following their return to the Danske Bank Premiership. The Drumahoe side were very unlucky last weekend not to take all three points at home to Glentoran. If results go their way this weekend they could climb above Glentoran
Barry Gray’s side sit in forth position and still find themselves in the title mix. Joe Gormley has now bagged 17 league goals already this season and Stute may find it difficult to stop the hitman. Last time these two sides met the Reds win comfortably 3-0.
The standout fixture of matchday 21 comes at Windsor Park where Linfield host Glenavon. Both teams will be keen to keep the pressure on Ballymena at the top. Linfield have been impressive of late brushing aside the likes of Cliftonville and Crusaders at Windsor. A fresh task awaits tomorrow against a Glenavon side who are also high in confidence.
The Lurgan Blues put in a very dominant display last week live on BBC where they battered Coleraine 4-0. Gary Hamilton will be demanding the same level of performance against Linfield. The last time these two teams met was the first day of the season where Linfield were winners 1-0.