Danske Bank Premiership

The Danske Bank Premiership kicked off last weekend in front of a limited number of spectators and 18 goals were scored across the six games on the opening weekend of the season.

There were wins for Ballymena, Portadown, Cliftonville, Larne, Linfield and Crusaders with David Healy’s champions starting the season as they hope to continue with a 5-1 victory at home to Carrick to see them top the table after the first weekend.

Here are the league standings after the first set of fixtures: –

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

 

This week we have a North Belfast derby to kick the action off as Cliftonville make the short journey to Seaview to take on rivals Crusaders in a game that often promises plenty of goals and talking points. This game is the latest fixture to be shown live on the BBC Sport NI website tonight and the second game being shown this weekend is Ballymena’s home game against Linfield, David Jeffrey’s Sky Blues will be hoping to build on last weekend’s promising victory against Coleraine.

The full fixture list is as follows, all games kick off tomorrow at 15:00 unless otherwise stated: –

Crusaders v Cliftonville (Friday 23rd October at 19:45 – live on BBC Sport NI website)

Carrick Rangers v Larne

Dungannon Swifts v Warrenpoint Town

Glentoran v Glenavon

Portadown v Coleraine

Ballymena United v Linfield (Saturday 24th October at 17:30 – BBC Sport NI website)

In our new writer’s prediction league Darren got off to the best start, picking up five points after correctly backing a 3-0 win for Larne and also predicting wins for Linfield and Crusaders. Cameron was the next highest scorer with four points after predicting the outcomes correctly in four out of the six games.

Here is the full leaderboard after the first week: –

1. Darren 5
2. Cameron 4
3. Richard/Rodney 3
5. Adrian/Keith 2

 

This week the current leader Darren starts us off with his predictions, three points for a correct result and a point for a correct outcome: –

Darren

Crusaders 1-1 Cliftonville

Carrick Rangers 0-1 Larne

Dungannon Swifts 1-1 Warrenpoint Town

Glentoran 2-0 Glenavon

Portadown 1-1 Coleraine

Ballymena United 1-2 Linfield

Richard

Crusaders 2-1 Cliftonville

Carrick Rangers 1-2 Larne

Dungannon Swifts 0-2 Warrenpoint Town

Glentoran 4-0 Glenavon

Portadown 1-1 Coleraine

Ballymena United 0-2 Linfield

Rodney

Crusaders 2-1 Cliftonville

Carrick Rangers 0-3 Larne

Dungannon Swifts 2-1 Warrenpoint Town

Glentoran 3-0 Glenavon

Portadown 1-2 Coleraine

Ballymena United 1-3 Linfield

Keith

Crusaders 1-1 Cliftonville

Carrick Rangers 0-2 Larne

Dungannon Swifts 1-2 Warrenpoint Town

Glentoran 0-0 Glenavon

Portadown 2-4 Coleraine

Ballymena United 1-2 Linfield

Cameron

Crusaders 2-1 Cliftonville

Carrick Rangers 0-2 Larne

Dungannon Swifts 1-0 Warrenpoint Town

Glentoran 2-0 Glenavon

Portadown 0-2 Coleraine

Ballymena United 1-3 Linfield

Adrian

Crusaders 2-1 Cliftonville

Carrick Rangers 0-3 Larne

Dungannon Swifts 1-2 Warrenpoint Town

Glentoran 3-0 Glenavon

Portadown 1-2 Coleraine

Ballymena United 0-2 Linfield

The team have also made some predictions for how they think the season will go, just for fun but we may take a look back at some point and see how they fared: –

Rodney

IL Champions: Linfield

Irish Cup: Coleraine

League Cup: Glentoran

Top scorer: Joe Gormley (Cliftonville)

Surprise: Dungannon Swifts to finish top half of the league; good young squad at Stangmore

Richard

IL Champions: Glentoran

Irish Cup: Linfield

League Cup: Warrenpoint

Top Scorer: Shayne Lavery (Linfield)

Surprise: Warrenpoint to comfortably stay up

Adrian

League winner: Linfield

Irish Cup winner: Coleraine

League Cup winner: Coleraine

Top scorer: Joe Gormley (Cliftonville)

Surprise package: Portadown to finish mid-table

Cameron

League winner: Linfield

Irish Cup winner: Ballymena United

League Cup winner: Coleraine

Top scorer: Joe Gormley (Cliftonville)

Surprise package: Ballymena to potentially break into the top six

Darren

Champions: Linfield

Irish Cup: Glentoran

League Cup: Glentoran

Top Scorer: Robbie McDaid (Glentoran)

Surprise package: Crusaders and how they play two 6ft target men upfront. Tactical masterclass.

Keith

Champions – Crusaders

Irish Cup – Cliftonville

League Cup – Glentoran

Top Scorer – Joe Gormley (Cliftonville)

Surprise Package – Warrenpoint, sure they have Gavin ‘Pirlo’ Peers!