October 30th, 2018

Northern Ireland League Cup: Third Round Preview

Tonight’s action sees the three remaining games of the League Cup third round take place. With Cliftonville, Ards, Ballymena, Dungannon and Crusaders all already through we will find out who will be joining them tonight. The tie of the round comes at The Oval where Glentoran host Coleraine. The other two remaining games see Institute travel to Windsor to face Linfield and Newry entertain Portadown at the showgrounds.

 

Glentoran Vs Coleraine

This certainly is the tie of the round tonight at The Oval. Inconsistent would be the word used to describe both teams current form at the moment. Coleraine suffered another set back on Saturday with a home defeat at the hands of Cliftonville. With only one victory in their last eight fixtures that form is something they will be looking to change very quickly.

Glentoran find themselves in similar form with only one victory in their last five games. That came at home to Ards on Saturday. A perfect fixture for both clubs to reignite their form and season as a whole. The winner of this one has a tough clash in the quarter finals, with Crusaders ready and waiting!

Score Prediction: 1-2

 

Linfield Vs Institute

The North-West men travel to Belfast tonight to face Linfield under the Windsor Park lights. Paddy McLaughlin’s men have started the season fantastically well. Another victory on Saturday past  took Stute’s points tally to 17. The second highest return after 13 games for a Premiership new boy since the formation of the 12-team league in 2008. However, this evenings game is a tough ask for Institute against a strong Linfield side.

‘The Blues’ come into tonight’s game after a late victory away to Dungannon on Saturday. That result was important for Linfield to get back to winning ways in the league after suffering their first defeat of the season at Ards last Weekend. Linfield have not win the League Cup in ten years, so David Healy will definitely not be taking this one for granted. I am going for a home victory tonight in this one!

Score Prediction: 3-0

 

Newry City Vs Portadown

An extremely tough fixture to call at the Showgrounds tonight. Newry currently sit second bottom in the Danske Bank Premiership an are struggling to find any sort of form. They will be aiming to pick up an important victory tonight that could give them some belief and confidence going into this weekends league fixture.

Portadown have lost just one game in their last ten fixtures and are the last remaining Championship team in the competition. ‘The Ports’ have been scoring and conceding goals so I can see tonight’s game being a high scoring affair. Can Portadown recreate the magic of 2009- when they win the League Cup while they were also in the Championship!

Score Prediction: 4-2

 

 

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