Danske Bank Premiership

After the Irish Cup 6th round last week, it’s back to the Danske Bank Premiership today, and quite possibly one of the most exciting title chases in Europe.

The full Premiership league table looks like this, with just four points separating the top five:-

PosClubPWDLFAGDPts
1Linfield27183659223757
2Glentoran27175558283056
3Crusaders27167463234055
4Coleraine27158455233253
5Cliftonville27172844202453
6Larne27128751292244
7Glenavon2794144165-2431
8Carrick Rangers2791173143-1228
9Ballymena United2675143244-1226
10Dungannon Swifts2664162868-4022
11Warrenpoint Town2751211976-5716
12Institute2728172060-4014

 

My pick for game of the day is at The Oval where Glentoran host Coleraine. The Glens have gone all out for the first league title since 2009 with strikers Rory Donnelly, Andrew Mitchell and most recently Deivydas Matulevičius signing in recent weeks – up front was one area I felt they would look to strengthen. Mick McDermott’s side have been dealt a blow though with the news that midfielder Hrvoje Plum is set for a lengthy spell on the side-lines.

Coleraine strengthened their own attacking options on deadline day with the return of Curtis Allen to The Showgrounds from Glentoran. The former Linfield and Inverness striker will not feature against his former teammates today due to his move currently being a loan move and becoming permanent at the end of this season but after scoring 110 goals for the Glens in just under 250 appearances, he will likely receive a warm welcome from the Glens fans when he does eventually return to East Belfast.

This is the third time the Glens and Bannsiders have met this season with nothing to separate the sides in the previous league fixtures that both finished 2-2. Oran Kearney’s side did win the League Cup fixture between the sides in October by two goals to one.

Tomorrow’s full fixture list is as follows, all games kick off at 15:00:-

Ballymena United v Carrick Rangers

Cliftonville v Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon v Crusaders

Glentoran v Coleraine

Institute v Larne

Warrenpoint Town v Linfield

In our Writer’s Prediction League the leader is currently Rodney who holds a two-point lead over Cameron and Bryan sits in 3rd place. The full table looks like this:-

1: Rodney97
2: Cameron95
3: Bryan91
4: Adrian/Darren85
6: Keith71

 

Up first with his predictions this week is Darren. As always it’s three points for a correct result and a point for a correct outcome.

Darren

Ballymena United 1-1 Carrick Rangers

Cliftonville 2-0 Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon 0-1 Crusaders

Glentoran 2-0 Coleraine

Institute 0-4 Larne

Warrenpoint Town 1-3 Linfield

Rodney

Ballymena United 2-1 Carrick Rangers

Cliftonville 3-0 Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon 1-3 Crusaders

Glentoran 2-1 Coleraine

Institute 0-3 Larne

Warrenpoint Town 1-4 Linfield

Adrian

Ballymena United 3-1 Carrick Rangers

Cliftonville 3-0 Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon 1-1 Crusaders

Glentoran 1-2 Coleraine

Institute 1-2 Larne

Warrenpoint Town 0-5 Linfield

Cameron

Ballymena United 1-1 Carrick Rangers

Cliftonville 4-0 Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon 1-3 Crusaders

Glentoran 1-1 Coleraine

Institute 0-2 Larne

Warrenpoint Town 0-4 Linfield

Bryan

Ballymena United 1-1 Carrick Rangers

Cliftonville 2-0 Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon 1-3 Crusaders

Glentoran 2-2 Coleraine

Institute 0-3 Larne

Warrenpoint Town 0-3 Linfield

Keith

Ballymena United 0-0 Carrick Rangers

Cliftonville 1-0 Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon 1-1 Crusaders

Glentoran 2-1 Coleraine

Institute 2-2 Larne

Warrenpoint Town 3-2 Linfield