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Danske Bank Premiership: Previews of the all Saturday's games

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New Ards manager Warren Feeney will watch his side take on relegation rivals Newry today
Padraig O Meiscill

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Danske Bank Premiership

Crusaders x Glenavon x

Saturday

(All games today, 3pm)

Ards v Newry City

THE battle of the basement clubs takes place at Clandeboye Park this afternoon and Ards will draw level with second-bottom Newry if they can emerge victorious.

The recent league form of both sides is atrocious, Ards having lost six on the trot and remaining without a win this year, while Newry have taken a solitary point from their last eight games.

The home side will be hoping they get an immediate bounce from the appointment of the Feeney cousins, Warren (as manager) and former Rangers striker Lee, to the sidelines.

Odds: H: 6/4; D: 23/10; A: 6/4

Verdict: Ards

Coleraine v Glentoran

GLENTORAN had three points in the bag until the last 10 minutes at the Oval on Monday, when Glenavon scored two quick-fire goals to wrest the win away from them.

Manager Gary Smyth labelled his side's defending in that gut-wrenching defeat as “criminal” and he will be expecting a more solid performance at the Showgrounds this afternoon.

Coleraine lost touch with third-placed Crusaders when they were beaten 4-2 in a thriller at the Seaview last week and they will be eager not to fall further down the ladder.

Odds: H: 8/13; D: 11/4; A: 7/2

Verdict: Coleraine

Institute v Dungannon Swifts

DUNGANNON'S form since the turn of the year has steered them away from relegation danger and into mid-table comfort.

Institute, on the other hand, had begun to stutter even before they lost boss Paddy McLaughlin at the beginning of the month, although interim manager Kevin Doherty got his first win under his belt against Ards last Friday night.

Institute would go back above Dungannon if they were to manage victory at the Brandywell today.

Odds: H: 13/8; D: 23/10; A: 7/5

Verdict: Dungannon

Linfield v Ballymena

THE Irish League's top two meet at Windsor Park just a week after Linfield beat Ballymena at the same venue in the League Cup final.

Last weekend's final was marred by a melee involving both sets of players just before half-time and today's game could be equally feisty, with six points separating the Blues from their nearest challengers.

A home win today and many will feel the title is Linfield's, but a Ballymena victory could set-up a thrilling run in.

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

Verdict: Draw

Warrenpoint v Cliftonville

WITH two games in hand over both Coleraine and Dungannon, Cliftonville would solidify their play-off spot with a win this afternoon.

Paddy McLaughlin got his managerial reign at Solitude up and running a fortnight ago with a 1-0 win over Newry and he says he is happy with what he has seen so far from his new squad.

Warrenpoint could find themselves looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation zone if they were to lose today and Newry were to beat Ards.

Odds: H: 3/1; D: 13/5; A: 8/11

Verdict: Cliftonville

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