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After two away games, Ballymena open their home account at home to Glentoran. On the back of an impressive 4-2 victory over Larne last weekend Ballymena look a safe pick here. Glentoran have struggled two draws and a defeat in each game. With the Glens yet to keep a clean sheet so far this season, expect ex-Linfield boss Jeffrey to get one over his old rivals on Saturday.
Prediction: Ballymena United 3 – 1 Glentoran
While this may look a one-sided matchup, expect a tough game here for the Reds. Carrick Rangers enter the game after their first victory of the season – a 2-0 away win at Institute. Carrick also take confidence into this game after a battling 2-1 defeat to Larne in their first home game of the season. Cliftonville will be relying on the familiar fire power of Joe Gormley and co. to deliver three points this weekend, but they must be wary of the banana skin this game represents. A tight game is on the cards here but expect the Reds to shade it.
Prediction: Carrick Rangers 1 – 2 Cliftonville
Oran Kearney’s unbeaten Coleraine welcome an Institute side who have sustained three consecutive defeats in their opening games. After a romping 4-2 victory against high-flying Linfield, another big win is surely on the cards here for the Bannsiders. Expect Institute’s goal difference to be considerably worse after this one.
Prediction: Coleraine 4 – 0 Institute
Invincible Crusaders get their first taste of newly promoted Larne this weekend. After three wins-to-nil and nine goals in their opening games Crusaders will be confident of securing a win here. Larne meanwhile will be eager to bounce back after a disappointing defeat to Ballymena last time out. Expect the Crues defence to be broken-through for the first time this season, but the firepower upfront should see three points held at Larne.
Crusaders 3 – 1 Larne
Kris Lindsay’s first pre-season in charge of Dungannon has been paying dividends this season. 1 draw and 2 wins from their opening games sees the Swifts in second placed and confident at the prospect of welcoming Glenavon. The Lurgan Blues needed a 2-0 victory against Warrenpoint to get their season up and running but they could be in for further disspointment here. Dungannon’s strong home form is sure to be tested by a lively Glenavon side. Expect the Swifts to pass the test here however and secure yet another win.
Dungannon Swifts 2 – 1 Glenavon