What a weekend we have ahead of us. With Crusaders matching up against Linfield and Glentoran welcoming Cliftonville to the Oval, the Irish league is in full swing. Read on for Toals Sport’s predictions for matchday ten of the Irish League and how to have your opportunity at winning £10,000.
A huge game live on BBC kicks-off this weekend’s football. Both clubs come into the game on the back of huge victories last week. The Crues easily dismantled a travelling Glentoran side 5 -2 while a barnstorming attacking performance from the Blues saw them win by seven goals against Glenavon. Intriguing battles are set all over the pitch tonight. With Heatley challenging Niall Quinn in an unfamiliar right-back position the Crues will be looking for more goals from the league’s top scorer. At the other end the electric duo of Shayne Lavery and Bastien Hery will be a dangerous prospect for a defense that has conceded eight goals in their last three games. With winning markets priced at 6/4 your pick this game is sure to be a classic. Linfield’s attacking prowess however may have just too much for a shaky Crues defense tonight.
Prediction: Crusaders 1 – 3 Linfield
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After a strong run of form from Mick McDermott’s Glentoran, his side have las largely gone off the boil since a 1 – 0 defeat at Windsor Park. If an underwhelming 2 – 1 victory over bottom-side Warrenpoint worried the boss, a 5 – 2 capitulation at Seaview will be sounded the alarms. The boss will be eager to steady the ship at home to the Reds however. A collapse away at Ballymena last weekend will frustrate Paddy McLoughlin after three solid wins. Currently occupying third position, Cliftonville will be eager to establish prolonged consistency with a win at the Oval. With two evenly matched sides here however, neither may be able to secure the three points. Expect a high-scoring draw at the Oval.
Prediction: Glentoran 2 – 2 Cliftonville
The third of the Irish League’s Friday night games sees Larne welcome Glenavon to Inver Park. This is a huge opportunity for Tiernan Lynch’s men. Sitting in the bottom half after an inconsistent campaign, Larne will be gunning for Gary Hamilton’s Glenavon. Defensively suspect and short of goals from attack, Larne will be eager to grab another three points and return to the top-half mix. Expect Larne to snatch the three points and pile the pressure on boss Hamilton.
Prediction: Larne 2 – 0 Glenavon
Third-from-bottom welcomes second-from-top in this one. Currently on six points Niall Currie’s Carrick will be delighted with any improvement on their tally by 5pm on Saturday. The league’s only unbeaten side travel with a determination to turn draws in to wins (4W/5Ds so far this season). Despite being unable to kick-on from a 4-2 win over the Crues last weekend, expect Oran Kearney’s men to once again return to the win column in this one.
Carrick Rangers 0 – 3 Coleraine
The first win of the season for Institute lifted them four points clear of the automatic relegation zone. The confidence taken from this victory, and the sight of Carrick just two points above them, will ensure the away trip is awkward for Ballymena. David Jeffrey’s men however will also be buoyed after two second half goals secured a home victory against Cliftonville. Their win was seen by former Wright Bus employees facing redundancy at the firms closure. Any Sky Blues supporters will face a long trip to Institute on Saturday, but they should be rewarded for their efforts. A comfortable win on the cards for United.
Institute 0 – 2 Ballymena
Last week’s defeat at home to Institute last week would have hurt Warrenpoint more than the others this season. Still without a point this campaign, a home victory would have seen Stephen McDonnell’s men clamber off the foot of the table. Defensive frailty once again undermined their efforts. Dungannon meanwhile have avoided defeat in their last two games as boss Kris Lindsay looks to settle the ship. After a strong start the Swifts are just three points behind the much praised Coleraine. A win should put them very much amongst the present top six.
Prediction: Warrenpoint 0 – 4 Dungannon Swifts
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