The 4th Round of fixtures is already upon us in the Danske Bank: Irish Premiership. This weekend’s match-ups provide an even spread of games on Friday Night and Saturday afternoon with 3 games apiece. We take a look at all the key battles and cast our predictions on the final result!
Glenavon vs Ballymena- 3-2
Friday night value looks to be on the goals markets at Mournview Park. Glenavon and Ballymena have scored 13 goals between them in 3 matches so far and Glenavon is yet to keep a clean sheet. Ballymena hasn’t won at Mournview since 2012 but they are a tempting price.
Ards vs Newry-0-1
Interestingly the betting is close to 50/50 between Ards and Newry. The recently promoted side seemed to be better on their travels last season and Ards have had a few tough games recently so will be looking to collect three points. Newry put up a brave fight against Glenavon and beat Dungannon the week before. Looks one to stay away from but I would lean towards Newry.
Coleraine vs Institute- 2-0
We can imagine that we will see a professional performance from Coleraine at home to Institute after Bannsiders Boss, Oran Kearney, warned against complacency in midweek. Institute aren’t just here to make up the numbers this season and have recorded 2 wins already but I imagine Coleraine will win by 2 or more goals so Coleraine -1 looks the way of getting the value.
Cliftonville vs Linfield- 1-2
The big game on Saturday is at Solitude between Cliftonville and Linfield. Linfield has had a perfect start this season and are yet to concede. A confidence-boosting win at Seaview last week will give Healy’s men the added impetus that this could be the year the title comes back to Windsor Park. But at the odd,s Cliftonville might be worth a bet. They have obvious firepower up front but will have to break a resolute Blues defence. Tough one to call.
Crusaders vs Warrenpoint- 1-3
Crusaders have the perfect opportunity to bounce book and get their season rolling away to Warrenpoint. Questions already being asked of Baxter’s men but it seems way too early in the season to be questioning their title credentials. I fancy them to get the morale-boosting wide margin win at Warrenpoint but don’t be surprised to see the home side score.
Glentoran vs Dungannon- 2-1
Glentoran has had an encouraging start and but for a couple of late goals against they could be much higher up the table. Dungannon had a battling point against Cliftonville and got their points tally up and running and might be tough resistance for The Glens. I think it could be low scoring but with 1 or 2 signings through The Oval door in recent weeks, The Glens might register a home win and they’ll need to have better home form this season in order for it to be a successful one.