Danske Bank Premiership

The Danske Bank Premiership continues tonight with two fixtures taking place for teams in both halves of the table. Both games take place in Belfast as Cliftonville will be hosting Ballymena at Solitude and further south, Linfield welcome rivals Glentoran to Windsor Park.

David Healy’s champions saw off Glenavon on Saturday meaning they go into tonight’s fixture as the only side in the top flight with a 100% record in the league so far and have a chance to extend their lead at the top to four points. In contrast, only a win will be enough to move the Glens off the bottom spot but if they do manage to come away with three points tonight, they will jump four places into eighth position.

No matter what happens tonight Cliftonville will remain in fourth position (unless Ballymena win by a nine goal margin) but they could close the gap on Crusaders and Larne, the two sides directly above them who are not in action tonight.

Ballymena beat Warrenpoint 2-0 on Saturday to secure their first win since the opening game of the season and after starting the weekend in 11th, a draw tonight will see them climb into the top half of the table as only goal difference currently keeps them behind Glenavon.

Both games tonight kick off at 19:45 and you can watch Linfield v Glentoran on the BBC iPlayer or the BBC SportNI website.

Here is the current league table:

POS TEAM P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Linfield 6 6 0 0 16 5 11 18
2 Larne 7 5 2 0 11 3 8 17
3 Crusaders 7 5 0 2 12 6 6 15
4 Cliftonville 6 3 0 3 8 4 4 9
5 Coleraine 6 2 1 3 9 9 0 7
6 Glenavon 6 1 3 2 9 11 -2 6
7 Ballymena United 6 2 0 4 6 11 -5 6
8 Warrenpoint Town 6 1 2 3 4 8 -4 5
9 Dungannon Swifts 6 1 2 3 3 9 -6 5
10 Portadown 5 1 1 3 7 12 -5 4
11 Carrick Rangers 5 1 1 3 6 11 -5 4
12 Glentoran 4 0 2 2 2 4 -2 2

 

Here are our writers’ predictions for tonight’s games and as always it is three points for predicting a correct result and a point for a correct outcome, with Adrian kicking things off.

Adrian

Cliftonville 1-1 Ballymena United

Linfield 3-0 Glentoran

Rodney

Cliftonville 2-0 Ballymena United

Linfield 2-0 Glentoran

Richard

Cliftonville 0-1 Ballymena United

Linfield 5-0 Glentoran

Cameron

Cliftonville 2-0 Ballymena United

Linfield 3-0 Glentoran

Darren

Cliftonville 1-0 Ballymena United

Linfield 2-0 Glentoran

Keith

Cliftonville 1-1 Ballymena United

Linfield 3-1 Glentoran

Here is the current prediction league leaderboard:

1. Rodney 34
2. Cameron 28
3. Darren/Adrian 22
5. Richard 19
6. Keith 17