Irish Premiership: Anderson relishing Carrick showdown

Carrick will avoid finishing bottom if they defeat the Mallards at the Belfast Loughshore Arena
Carrick will avoid finishing bottom if they defeat the Mallards at the Belfast Loughshore Arena

Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson is looking forward to the Premiership relegation clash with Carrick amid a four-way fight to avoid the drop.

The Mallards are two points clear of basement boys Carrick going into Saturday's final round of games.

Warrenpoint are a point off bottom spot and they host Dungannon while Portadown could finish in the relegation play-off spot if they lose to Ballymena.

"We will fight all the way to stay in the Premiership," said Anderson.

"Carrick will fancy their chances being at home and will see themselves as favourites," he added.

"But the players here have a lot of desire and commitment and they want to stay in the Premiership."

Ards result key

With the top four places in the league already confirmed, the focus switches to the other end of the table.

The fate of Champion One leaders Ards is also crucial to the promotion/relegation scenario.

The Co Down side need a point against Loughgall on Saturday to clinch the title and secure automatic promotion.

However, if they are pipped to top spot by H&W Welders, who can not be promoted as they do not have the requisite licence, Ards will go into a promotion/relegation play-off against the bottom side in the Premiership.

This would mean the team finishing second from last in the Premiership would avoid a play-off and retain their top-flight status.

Institute and Larne are battling it out for the play-off spot should Ards go on and win the Championship.

Sky Blues in European quest

Portadown face a Ballymena side chasing a place in the Europa League play-offs, covering teams finishing fourth to seventh.

The Sky Blues are eighth in the standings and two points behind Dungannon, who have not applied for a European licence.

If they fail to finish above the Swifts, fourth-placed Cliftonville will will have a bye in the semi-finals and advance straight to the decider.

Elswhere, champions Crusaders visit Glentoran, Glenavon host Linfield and the Reds make the trip to Coleraine.

Danske Bank Irish Premiership - 15:00 BST
Coverage on Radio Ulster's Sportsound from 14:00 BST
Ballymena UtdvPortadown
Carrick RangersvBallinamallard Utd
ColerainevCliftonville
GlenavonvLinfield
GlentoranvCrusaders
Warrenpoint TownvDungannon Swifts

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