Action from Warrenpoint Town v Linfield last season (c) Presseye


Linfield could go back to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership tonight, we look ahead to tonight’s three top flight fixtures.

With Crusaders and Coleraine both in Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup action this weekend and Glenavon’s game against Ards postponed due to international call ups, there are only three remaining fixtures to be played tonight (Friday) in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Cliftonville v Institute (venue: Solitude; kick-off: 7.45pm)

Barry Gray was vocal in his criticism of his players following the defeat to Newry City last Saturday, the Reds have a chance to bounce back at home to another newly promoted team in ‘Stute tonight at Solitude. Cliftonville start the game in ninth place in the Danske Bank Premiership having failed to win the league since the opening day of the season against Glentoran.

By comparison, Institute have enjoyed a fine start to their return to the Premiership. Boosted by the goals of Football Writer’s Player of the Month Michael McCrudden, Institute are currently sitting comfortably in the top half of the table after five games with only a single defeat so far, last time out they played out a 0-0 stalemate with Dungannon Swifts at the Brandywell.

Glentoran v Newry City (venue: The Oval; kick-off: 7.45pm)

Glentoran’s solid start to the season continued last week with a 1-1 draw against Glenavon at Mourneview Park. Ronnie McFall’s haven’t suffered defeat since the opening weekend of the season (against Cliftonville), they will again look last week’s debutant John Herron who was thrown into the first eleven last week to spearhead the attack alongside Curtis Allen.

John Boyle’s goal last week was enough to give Newry City their second win in the Danske Bank Premiership this season against Cliftonville. Darren Mullen’s side are without a point away from home to date this season and they will hope to rectify that statistic this evening.

Warrenpoint Town v Linfield (venue: Q Radio Arena; kick-off: 7.45pm)

The border side go into this game hosting second placed Linfield still without a point from their opening five games of the season. Stephen McDonnell’s side are currently rooted to the bottom of the table, but a win could see them move off the bottom with Dungannon Swifts not playing. The ‘Point will have to improve on last week’s horror showing against Ballymena United, which they lost 6-1 at home.

David Healy’s Linfield still remain unbeaten in the Danske Bank Premiership, but their impressive early form has slowed with two draws in their previous two outings against Cliftonville and Ards. The Blues can go back to the top of the table with a victory, as current leaders Coleraine aren’t in action.