Danske Bank Premiership stats: Odds and previews of all Saturday's games

David Jeffrey's Ballymena are two points clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership
Pádraig Ó Meiscill

Danske Bank Premiership previews

(All games today, 3pm)

Ballymena United v Newry City

THE Braid men will be feeling the heat at the top of the table after their late escape against Coleraine on St Stephen's Day.

Although John McMurray was able to rescue a point for Ballymena, Linfield's handsome win against Glentoran on the same day reduced the gap between the sides to just two points.

A win today is crucial for David Jeffrey's men.

Odds: H: 1/3; D: 7/2; A: 13/2

Prediction: Ballymena

Cliftonville v Linfield

CLIFTONVILLE were a shambles against Crusaders at Solitude on Wednesday afternoon, while the Blues ran riot against Glentoran.

Barry Gray needs to steady the ship at Solitude after his side have conceded 11 goals in two defeats, while David Healy will have his eye on Ballymena and top spot in the league.

Odds: H: 5/2; D: 12/5; A: 10/11

Prediction: Linfield

Dungannon Swifts v Ards

DUNGANNON will still be ruing the injury-time equaliser they conceded against Glenavon in mid-week.

Although the draw kept them a point above Newry and the relegation zone, a win would have moved them level with Warrenpoint.

Ards are in danger of being cut adrift at the foot of the table following their loss to Institute.

Odds: H: 4/5; D: 13/5; A: 11/4

Prediction: Dungannon

Glenavon v Institute

WEDNESDAY'S draw with Dungannon was damaging for Glenavon, on a day when Ballymena dropped points and both Linfield and Crusaders made up ground. They will be looking to rectify that lapse against Institute today.

Michael McCrudden's goal against Ards left Institute sitting pretty in mid-table and they will be keen to build on that.

Odds: H: 4/11; D: 10/3; A: 6/1

Prediction: Glenavon

Glentoran v Crusaders

RONNIE McFall laid into his players after their derby day drubbing against Linfield left them five points off the relegation zone.

Crusaders five goals at Solitude, on the other hand, will have left Stephen Baxter's charges walking on air.

If the Glens don't get something from today, they could slide further into the danger zone.

Odds: H: 9/2; D: 10/3; A: 4/9

Prediction: Crusaders

Warrenpoint Town v Coleraine

COLERAINE will be kicking themselves after leading twice, the second time by a two-goal margin, against Ballymena on Wednesday and still only emerging with a point.

Warrenpoint, themselves, twice came from behind to secure a draw against Newry on the same day, so Rodney McAree will be hoping lightning doesn't strike twice at Milltown.

Odds: H: 7/2; D: 3/1; A: 4/7

Prediction: Draw

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