Cliftonville Ladies host Derry City at Solitude tonight (c) AM Photography

PREVIEW: WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP GAMEWEEK 3

The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership continues tonight as we preview all the matches in gameweek three of the 2019 campaign.

Cliftonville Ladies v Derry City (venue: Solitude; kick-off 8pm)

This is a clash between two sides in contracting form with Cliftonville Ladies having won all their fixtures to date this campaign and Derry City yet to avoid defeat.

The Reds will be among the favourites for this year’s league title, boasting a star-studded squad, including last season’s Women’s Premiership Player of the Year Billie Simpson - their defender and Northern Ireland international.

Last week, they saw off Comber Rec Ladies 7-0 after sitting out the opening league game of their campaign while they have also defeated Linfield Ladies this season with a 1-0 victory in the County Antrim Cup.

Derry City have yet to find the net in the league and have shipped a total of nine goals in their defeats to Crusaders and Glentoran but will be hoping of avoiding an unwanted Belfast treble on Wednesday.

Cliftonville have won the last nine meetings between the two but only edged out the Candystripes 3-2 in their most recent clash, back in September.

Crusaders Strikers v Linfield (venue: Seaview; kick-off 8pm)

Linfield will be hopeful of bouncing back from their midweek League Cup quarter-final exit against Sion Swifts as they travel to Seaview in an all-Belfast derby.

The Blues have played just one league game to date after sitting out last week’s round of fixtures and they will face a Crues team hopeful of bouncing back from last week’s league defeat in Strabane against Sion.

Spike Hill’s side opened their campaign with a two-goal victory at home to Derry City and whilst they may be slight underdogs in this encounter, they will be aiming to pick up points.

Linfield, current league champions, won 2-0 in their last trip to Seaview in July but will be wary of their 2-1 home loss against the Crues a year ago in the top flight.

Sion Swifts Ladies v Glentoran Women (venue: Melvin Sports Complex; kick-off 8pm)

This is perhaps the standout tie of Wednesday night in a meeting between the two sides who recorded victories in Monday night’s League Cup action.

Sion Swifts secured a memorable 2-1 victory at Linfield Ladies to secure their place in the top four while the Glens comfortably saw off Comber Rec Ladies 5-0.

Diarmuid O’Carroll’s Glentoran are the early form team in the division - they have won their three matches across the top flight and League Cup, netting 18 goals and yet to concede a goal.

However, the Strabane-based side will be their toughest opponents to date - their notable victory at Midgely Park followed on from last week’s league victory over Crusaders.

Sion also have a formidable record against the East Belfast outfit - their 1-0 loss to the Glens last September ended an eight-game unbeaten streak for them in the fixture.

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