Crusaders seek first league win of season over Glenavon

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter
Stephen Baxter has been in charge of Crusaders for 10 years

Irish Premiership leaders Crusaders seek their first league victory of the season over Glenavon when the sides meet at Mourneview Park on Saturday.

The Crues drew away to the Lurgan Blues and lost at home but manager Stephen Baxter hopes to celebrate 10 years in charge of the Seaview club with a win.

"We're on a high at the moment but we must keep working hard for each other and playing our football," said Baxter.

Glenavon look poised to secure a top-six place ahead of the league split.

Meanwhile Cliftonville midfielder Robert Bayly is doubtful with a shin injury ahead of his side's match against Ballymena United at Solitude.

Sky Blues boss Glenn Ferguson is expected to recall striker Matthew Tipton after the forward was rested for last week's win over Institute.

Glentoran will continue their challenge for a European place as they travel to face Coleraine at Ballycastle Road.

"A lot of our boys didn't turn up against Glenavon last week - we had built up some consistency so hopefully it was just a blip," said Glens manager Eddie Patterson.

At the bottom of the table, struggling Institute must plan for their crucial match against Ballinamallard without Aaron Walsh, who begins a two-game suspension, and Stevie Curry, who is on holiday.

The Mallards are missing Johnny Lafferty because of a two-match ban, while Chris Crilly is out injured.

"I am very confident we will stay up as we have a good battling spirit in the squad," said Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson.

"But it's very important we get the three points from this game - we have to learn to work as hard away from home as we do at home," he added.

In another important game at the basement, 11th-placed Warrenpoint Town host 10th-placed Dungannon Swifts at Milltown.

"This is our biggest game of the season so far - even our Irish Cup quarter-final next week isn't bigger than this," commented Swifts manager Darren Murphy.

Danske Bank Premiership fixtures - Saturday 21 February - 15:00 GMT kick-offs

Cliftonville v Ballymena United

Coleraine v Glentoran

Glenavon v Crusaders

Institute v Ballinamallard Utd

Warrenpoint Town v Dungannon Swifts

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