21 goals in 6 games? The Irish League is back and in full swing. Friday’s 1-1 draw between Glenavon and Glentoaran got the season underway, while Saturday saw Larne explode onto the scene and comprehensive victories for Linfield and Crusaders. Dungannon performed well in a 2-2 draw against Ballymena, while Coleraine and Cliftonville cancelled one another out in a 1-1 draw. Have a look at toalsbetblog.com‘s predictions for matchday two…
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Surely only one result on the cards here. Larne make the short journey to Carrick Rangers having run riot over Warrenpoint Town at the weekend. At the same time, Carrick were rolled over by Crusaders at Seaview in a 3-0 defeat. Expect Larne’s piercing attack to be on show here tonight as they continue to pick up momentum for the season ahead.
Prediction: Carrick Rangers 0 – 4 Larne
Best Bet: Larne -2 Goals
Both Cliftonville and Glenavon enter this game after 1-1 draws at the weekend. Expect Cliftonville to edge the game here. While Cliftonville have been unsteady in recent times, home form under Paddy McLoughlin has been remarkable- 6 wins from 6 league games at Solitude. Expect another closely run victory here.
Prediction: Cliftonville 2 – 1 Glenavon
Best Bet: Cliftonville Goals Galore Plus
Crusaders began their season as they mean to go on this weekend. A cutting-edge front line was supported by a compact defence and creative midfield. Goals from three different players was also a large positive. In contrast, Warrenpoint’s opening game away to Larne saw them ship 6 goals and finish the week at the foot of the table. Unfortunately for them, they will surely remain their after this round of fixtures. Expect another big win here for the Crues.
Prediction: Crusaders 5-0 Warrenpoint Town
Best Bet: Crusaders -3 Goals
Both Glentoran and Coleraine will be seeking a statement win here. Glens boss Mick McDermott will be eager to see his new stars flourish on home soil at The Oval, while Oran Kearney will be striving for a positive away result to show Coleraine’s potential for the season ahead. Attacking quality is rife throughout the two squads – a score draw may be the result here.
Prediction: Glentoran 1-1 Coleraine
Against the odds, Institute ruffled a few feathers at Windsor Park on Saturday. An early penalty put ‘Stute before the side ultimately fell to the quality of the League champions. Meanwhile, the Stangmore Park faithful were heartened by their side’s battling 2-2 performance against Ballymena. Expect Kris Lindsay’s Dungannon to edge this one. Although away performances have not always been forthcoming for the Swifts, but expect Lindsay’s men to pick up three points here.
Prediction: Institute 0 – 1 Dungannon Swifts
Best Bet: Half-Time/Full-Time Draw/Dungannon