This weekend sees a return of a full fixture list in the Danske Bank Premiership. With one Friday night game between both new boys Newry City and Institute the remainder of the games all come on Saturday at 3PM.
Table toppers Linfield travel to face Ards in Bangor, Dungannon travel to Ballymena and the Point aim to keep their resurgence going with an away trip to North Belfast to face Cliftonville. The games too look out for come at Coleraine and the Oval. Crusaders travel to the Bannsiders where Rodney McAree will be hoping to get his first win. High flying Glenavon head to face the Glens at the Oval.
Institute travel to Newry for this weeks Friday night fixture. Both clubs will be aiming to pick up three points in this one. These games between each club could be the games that determine their Premiership status come
April. Both teams come into this one on the back of defeats and will be both looking to pick up maximum points. Lying 8th and 10th in the table 3 points for either club will be a vital 3. With both teams conceding and scoring goals I am predicating a high scoring fixture!
Score Prediction: 2-3
Linfield remain the only unbeaten team in the Danske Bank Premiership this far. This week sees the Blues travel to Bangor to face an Ards side who find themselves now in the bottom two. Its difficult not to fancy Linfield in this one. However, we witnessed Ards come to Windsor Park and frustrate Linfield in a 0-0 draw back in September.
Since then Linfield have kicked on again and still remain unbeaten. Ards will be doing their best to implement the exact same game plan this Saturday. With Linfield scoring plenty of goals and not conceding many, I am going for a Linfield win in this one.
Score Prediction: 0-2
The struggling swifts travel to Ballymena this Saturday lying bottom of the Danske Bank premiership after 10 games. With the departure of Rodney McAree and the arrival of Kris Lindsay, the new gaffer will be looking to get his first win on the board as soon as possible!
Ballymena have been in fine form and sit in a cosy 4th position just 2 points off the champions Crusaders in third spot. Another positive home result last weekend and win against the Welders mid-week in the County Antrim shield see them coming into this game high in confidence.
With that being said I am going to go for a shock result here and go with Kris Lindsay’s side getting all 3 points.
Score Prediction: 1-2
A very tough task for Warrenpoint here as they travel to face Cliftonville in North Belfast. The point have found a bit of form again and have lifted themselves off the bottom of the table into 9th. With a 2-1 victory over the Reds at Milltown in September that should give the Point confidence that they could go and cause an upset at Solitude.
Cliftonville are scoring and conceding a lot of goals at the moment. ‘Joe The Goal’ is in fine form with 11 goals in 10 games and is proving to be a hard man to stop again this season. For Cliftonville to start gathering some momentum and consistency they need to shut up shop at the back as they are shipping a lot of goals. My prediction in this one is a home win for the reds.
Score Prediction: 4-1
On paper undoubtedly the tie of matchday 12 is at Ballycastle Road. The champions travel to face last years runners up Coleraine. The Crues have started to put together a run of results and are maybe finding their form again after a very poor start. The previous fixture between the two was live on the Sky Sports cameras, where Coleraine battered Crusaders 3-0 at Seaview. With this game still fresh in the memory Baxter’s men will be gunning for revenge.
New Coleraine boss Rodney McAree is still looking for his first win. The Bannsiders form of late has been questionable and it does not get any easier for them to pick up three points on Saturday. A tough one to call, I am going for an away win in this one!
Score Prediction: 1-3
Another cracking game comes at the Oval this weekend where high flying Glenavon travel to East Belfast to face the Glens. With everyone talking about Glenavon and their current form a tough fixture ahead for the Lurgan Blues. After being well rested with no fixture last weekend Glenavon will go into this one fresh. Both Josh Daniels and Stephen Murray are in fine form for the Lurgan Blues with Murray bagging a hat-trick away to Coleraine last time out.
Glentoran will be aiming to bounce back after two poor results against Linfield and Crusaders. Saturday gives the Glens a perfect chance to do so at home in front of their own fans and potentially upset the Glenavon apple cart. A very tough one to call again, I am going for a share of the spoils here.
Score Prediction: 2-2