Thursday, 03 November 2016
It's Friday night football for Ballinamallard Utd vs Carrick Rangers in the Danske Bank Premiership with the remaining five games ready their usual Saturday 3pm kick-off.
Friday 4th November
Ballinamallard United vs Carrick Rangers (8pm)
Ballinamallard United have failed to beat Carrick Rangers in their last seven meetings and they will try again at Ferney Park on Friday night. They drew 3-3 in August in the reverse fixture with the Mallards netting twice in the last five minutes to snatch what seemed an unlikely draw. Having lost their last four games in all competitions, Gavin Dykes will be hoping to make the most of home advantage against a Carrick side that have lost their last two outings.
Saturday 5th November (3pm)
Ards vs Ballymena United
Ards will be looking to do an early season treble this season over Ballymena United as they meet at the Bangor Fuels Arena. An 89th minute Gareth Tommons strike saw Ards win 4-3 when these sides met in August in the Premiership and manager Niall Currie showed that this result was no fluke as they also dumped United out of the County Antrim Shield ten days ago. After two defeats ended Ballymena’s excellent run of eight wins and two draws in 10 games, they bounced back with a resounding 4-0 win against Ballinamallard last Saturday.
Crusaders vs Coleraine
Table topping Crusaders could make it 10 games unbeaten against Coleraine if they can avoid defeat at Seaview. Their last meeting was a 1-1 draw in a tight contest at the Showgrounds and Coleraine come into this game in an unbeaten run of seven games in all competitions. Pleasingly for Stephen Baxter, Crusaders kept their first clean sheet on Saturday against Linfield which was their first in their last seven games. Coleraine gave up the lead twice in their last outing in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Dungannon Swifts at the Showgrounds.
Dungannon Swifts vs Cliftonville
Dungannon Swifts’ win against Cliftonville in August was their first in 30 meetings dating back to 2008 and they will aim to take another three points at Stangmore Park on Saturday. An Andy Mitchell brace gave the Swifts a 2-1 win last time at Solitude with the striker now sitting on nine goals for the season so far. Cliftonville got back to winning ways last weekend with a 3-0 win against Glenavon which ended a run of two defeats for Gerard Lyttle’s side.
Glenavon vs Linfield
Glenavon were comfortably beaten 4-0 by Linfield at Windsor Park in August so they will be looking to exact some sort of revenge when they meet at Mourneview Park. A Rhys Marshall red card didn’t help matters for Gary Hamilton’s side that day but recent results have shown what Glenavon are capable of their day. A 5-0 thumping of the in-form Ballymena United made the rest of the league sit up and take notice but inconsistency returned the following week as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Cliftonville. Linfield sit in second place, four points adrift of Crusaders at the top of the table who they drew 0-0 with last weekend.
Glentoran vs Portadown
There is always a rivalry when Glentoran and Portadown meet and they will lock horns once again at the Oval on Saturday. After losing his first game in charge of the Glens, manager Gary Haveron has led his side to three wins and a draw in his last four Premiership games including an excellent 2-1 win over a confident Cliftonville side with Nacho Novo netting his first goal for the club. Although Portadown’s win against Ards last Saturday is subject to the outcome of an IFA investigation into an alleged ineligible player, manager Vinny Arkins will be telling his players to focus on things on the pitch and that they won that match on the day.
Danske Bank Premiership
Friday 4 November (8pm)
Ballinamallard United v Carrick Rangers
Saturday 5 November (3pm)
Ards v Ballymena United
Crusaders v Coleraine
Dungannon Swifts v Cliftonville
Glenavon v Linfield
Glentoran v Portadown