Crusaders and Glentoran meet at Seaview this weekend in the Danske Bank Premiership (c) Presseye


There’s four games in the Danske Bank Premiership this Saturday as Linfield can potentially return to the top of the table.

Crusaders v Glentoran (venue: Seaview; kick-off: 3pm)

Third against fourth in Danske Bank Premiership as Stephen Baxter’s Crusaders have regrouped in the past week with two wins from two games. Their last minute winner in the first live BBC broadcast last Friday against Cliftonville showed there’s still life in the much maligned champions this season, followed by their 2-1 League Cup win over Ballinamallard United in midweek.

Glentoran start the day only a point behind the Crues with a game in a hand after a solid start to the season which has seen them concede the second fewest amount of goals in the division. Ronnie McFall will be disappointed by Monday’s ‘Big Two’ defeat

Institute v Ballymena United (venue: Brandywell Stadium: kick-off: 3pm)

Paddy McLaughlin’s Institute picked up their first league win since August last weekend, as Dean Jarvis’ late winner was enough to overcome Ards. The North West side are currently two points behind Saturday’s opponents Ballymena United.

The Sky Blues returned to the Showgrounds last Saturday with a resounding 3-0 win against Newry City followed up by a less convincing late victory over HW Welders in the BetMcLean League Cup. David Jeffrey’s side are poised in sixth but could potentially move as high as third in the table with a win tomorrow, whilst also having a game in hand to play.

Linfield v Newry City (venue: Windsor Park; kick-off: 3pm)

With leaders Glenavon not in action, the opportunity is open for David Healy and Linfield to cap off a good week and return to the summit of the Danske Bank Premiership. Michael O’Connor’s goal proved the difference on Monday night in front of the Sky Sports’ cameras against rivals Glentoran and his reward was a contract extension. The Blues are now the only unbeaten side left in the Premiership, having also conceded two goals.

Following their fruitless trip to the Ballymena Showgrounds last week, Darren Mullen’s Newry City side are still without a point on their travels this season since their promotion to the Premiership. The two sides met in the Irish Cup back in February with Andrew Waterworth scoring the only goal of the game in a Linfield win.

Warrenpoint Town v Ards (venue: Q Radio Arena; kick-off: 3pm)

There’s an important battle at the bottom end up the table as tenth placed Warrenpoint Town welcome Ards to the Q Radio Arena. There’s only one league place and two points between the two clubs in the battle to move out of the relegation playoff places.

Despite conceding the most goals in the Premiership this season, Warrenpoint’s fortunes have changed in recent weeks as they picked up a vital late point against Dungannon Swifts last week, whilst Ards lost 1-0 to Institute last Friday. Their fortunes were contrasting in the midweek BetMcLean League Cup as Warrenpoint were defeated by Dungannon and Ards defeated Dergview to progress.