Irish Premiership: Coleraine and Linfield clash at Ballycastle Road

Linfield and Coleraine drew 1-1 at Windsor Park on 10 August
Linfield and Coleraine drew 1-1 at Windsor Park on 10 August

Third-placed Coleraine could move above Linfield in the Irish Premiership table if the Bannsiders can beat the Blues in Saturday's game at Ballycastle Road.

The sides drew 1-1 in their first meeting of the season at Windsor Park.

"We took a point from that game when it should probably have been three but that's all water under the bridge," said Coleraine manager Oran Kearney.

The Blues suffered a first league defeat of the season on Tuesday when they went down 2-1 to Cliftonville.

Coleraine are unbeaten at home in the top flight this season, having avoided defeat in their last four Premiership outings.

The Bannsiders are still without striker Gary Twigg, who is recovering from a back injury sustained in training.

Crusaders host Carrick

Elsewhere, leaders Crusaders hope to get back to winning ways after losing to Ballymena last week when they take on Carrick Rangers at Seaview.

The Crues have Gavin Whyte available again after he missed last week's trip to Ballymena because of a five-day Uefa suspension imposed for pulling out of the Northern Ireland squad.

New Carrick boss Aaron Callaghan saw his side end a run of seven straight league defeats when they drew with Glenavon last weekend.

Ballymena United are set to field teenage goalkeeper Ben McCauley for their visit to Mourneview Park to play Glenavon, who have won just tone of their last six league matches.

Regular stoppers Ross Glendinning and Alan Blayney are ruled out through suspension and injury respectively as the Sky Blues aim to extend an unbeaten run of 10 games in all competitions.

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton, who is without suspended midfielder Andrew Doyle, is wary of the threat posed by in-form Ballymena strike duo Cathair Friel and Johnny McMurray, who have plundered 16 goals between them this season.

"Ballymena have two front men who are scoring goals regularly and that's a big plus for them as it is what big success is built on," said Hamilton.

"We know we have to take the chances we create because in the form they are in they will take theirs. We need the same application and performance from our side but we must be more clinical in front of goal."

Glens and Reds clash at Oval

Glentoran go in search of a first home win under manager Gary Haveron when they host Cliftonville, who have won five of their last six league matches.

Ballinamallard boss Gavin Dykes will hope for better from his side, having conceded 10 in two games, but must plan without James McKenna, who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury sustained against Linfield.

The Mallards are at home to Portadown, who have placed Vinny Arkins in temporary charge as they bid to halt an alarming sequence of six Premiership defeats in a row, the last five of those without scoring a goal.

"Our next run of games are crucial to us getting out of the situation we are in. There are a lot of issues that need to be dealt with at the club but my priority is to get a team on the pitch that is going to get results," said Arkins.

Dungannon Swifts will look to recover the form that saw them score 12 goals in two matches against Portadown and Ballinamallard when they travel to Bangor to face Ards.

Danske Bank Premiership - 22 October (15:00 BST)
Coverage on Radio Ulster's Sportsound from 14:00 BST
ArdsvDungannon Swifts
Ballinamallard UtdvPortadown
ColerainevLinfield
CrusadersvCarrick Rangers
GlenavonvBallymena Utd
GlentoranvCliftonville

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