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Womens Premiership

WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP: GAME WEEK THREE PREVIEW

08 Sep 2020
football

The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership continues tonight as we preview all the matches in game week three of the 2020 campaign. 

With just eight match days remaining, every point counts and every side will be keen to get points on the board as early as possible. 

Derry City Women v Crusaders Strikers 

Derry City are the only side without any points on the board after falling to three-goal and two-goal losses to Glentoran and Cliftonville respectively. 

They’ll aim to break their streak but they host an in-form Crusaders who impressively defeated Sion Swifts last time out after a late defeat at Linfield the previous week. 

The signs are positive for the Strikers, who have won all nine previous encounters between the two including all four last season. 

However, the last time out the Crues only edged out the Candystripes 1-0 at Seaview last August and will know this long trip north is a potential banana-skin.  

Sion Swifts Ladies v Glentoran Women  

The game of the matchday sees two of last season’s top three go head-to-head. 

Sion opened their campaign up with a six-goal win at Derry but their loss at Crusaders last week has seen them slip three points behind leaders Glentoran, who have beaten both Cliftonville and Linfield to nil. 

The Glens are now the only side with a perfect record but that will be put to the test in their trip to Strabane, with Swifts sisters Caitlin and Kirsty McGuinness hoping to inflict damage on their title ambitions. 

Sion took seven points from three league meetings against the East Belfast side last season and they will be aware that if they want to establish themselves as title challengers this campaign again, a positive result here is vital.  

Linfield Ladies v Cliftonville Ladies 

Linfield are hopeful of winning a fifth successive Danske Bank Women’s Premiership title this season but must bounce back from last week’s defeat at Glentoran. 

Cliftonville got their first points of the season with last week’s two-goal victory over Derry City but will need to put in a strong display at Midgely Park to keep up that momentum. 

The Reds last all three league outings against the champions last season by an aggregate scoreline of 18-0 and will be firm underdogs for this encounter.