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Womens Premiership

WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP: GAME WEEK TEN PREVIEW

09 Dec 2020
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The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership continues tonight as we preview the matches in game week ten of the 2020 campaign.
 
This is the final full round of fixtures in the campaign, although Glentoran Women still have to host Sion Swifts Ladies in an outstanding match.
 
Billy Clarke’s Glens need just a point to secure the league title, while Linfield Ladies will win their fifth successive title if they defeat Derry City Women and the league leaders lose both remaining games.
 
Crusaders Strikers v Glentoran Women
Glentoran need just a point to clinch the league title but will face a tough test against a Crusaders side who have conceded just seven goals in nine league games.
 
The Crues have picked up an impressive 16 points from their last eight matches and start this game in third, although Sion Swifts - who have a game in hand - can still leapfrog them.
 
Glentoran have won four of the five meetings between the pair since the start of last season - including 1-0 at The Oval earlier this season - but have scored just five times in the last four encounters.
 
These sides are usually well-matched with competitive matches, while the Strikers beat the Glens 2-1 at The Oval in the closing stages of last season.
 
Linfield Ladies v Derry City Women
Linfield need to win and hope that Glentoran are defeated in each of their remaining two games if they are to win their fifth - and most improbable - successive league title.
 
Each of the Blues two league defeats came against their Belfast rivals this campaign but they have picked up 10 points from their last four league games - impressive wins at Cliftonville and Crusaders, coupled with taking four points against Sion Swifts.
 
Derry City are yet to score their first goal or pick up their first point in the season, while they have lost all 10 previous matches with the Blues by an aggregate scoreline of 71-0.
 
Sion Swifts Ladies v Cliftonville Ladies
Sion’s title hopes are over after picking up just two points from their last three matches but they can still move past Crusaders into a top three finish.
 
Tony McGinley’s side are the top scorers in the division with 30 goals but they have shipped 16 goals - the third worst defensive record, 11 more than Glentoran and nine more than the Crues.
 
Cliftonville’s six points have all come against Derry City but they have been edged out in a number of games this campaign, including a 6-4 home loss to Sion - for which they played large sections of the match a player short.
 
Sion have won all five games between the two since the start of last season.