Danske Bank Premierships stats - a look ahead to all Saturday's games
(all games 3pm kick-off)
Ballinamallard United v Coleraine
TOP versus bottom, and impossible to make a case for anything other than a Coleraine win. Ballinamallard have picked up just one point from their last seven league games while the Bannsiders are undefeated since last month’s defeat to Linfield, and remain six points clear of second-placed Crusaders.
Odds: H: 18/1 D: 13/2 A: 1/12
Ballymena United v Carrick Rangers
DAVY McAlinden’s Carrick look to end a sorry run of eight defeats in-a-row, but it is a tall order. Ballymena have seen two fixtures cancelled in the past week, so will be raring to go at the Showgrounds today as they bid to break into the top six.
Odds: H: 1/4 D: 4/1 A: 13/2
Prediction: Ballymena United
Cliftonville v Glentoran
CLIFTONVILLE remain hot on the heels of third-placed Glenavon after a six game winning streak and, having beaten Glentoran 2-0 at The Oval back in October, will fancy their chances of extending that run to seven games at Solitude today.
Odds: H: 4/7 D: 11/4 A: 7/2
Dungannon Swifts v Ards
JUST one place may separate these sides in the table, but the Swifts are seven points better off heading into this clash at Stangmore Park. The Swifts have lost their last two league games, against Coleraine and Linfield, but can be expected to get back to winning ways today.
Odds: H: 10/11 D: 13/5 A: 21/10
Prediction: Dungannon Swifts
Glenavon v Crusaders
THE biggest game of the day as second place meets third at Mourneview Park. Neither side will want to lose ground on league leaders Coleraine, but the Bannsiders might just get the perfect Christmas gift – a draw.
Odds: H: 15/8 D: 5/2 A: 11/10
Linfield v Warrenpoint Town
EX-LINFIELD striker Matthew Tipton brings his Warrenpoint side to Windsor Park with few giving them any chance. However, they will take heart from last week’s battling performance in the 3-2 defeat to Crusaders.
The Blues have been solid if unspectacular this season, but can take all three points today.
Odds: H: 1/9 D: 6/1 A: 14/1