Irish Premiership: Glentoran hoping to continue unbeaten run against Coleraine

Gary Haveron
Gary Haveron was named Football Writers' Manager of the Month for October

Glentoran will aim to maintain their upturn in league form since the appointment of Gary Haveron as manager when they host Coleraine at the Oval.

The Glens have won three and drawn two of their last five Premiership outings but will face a stiff test from the Bannsiders on Saturday.

"Coleraine are going really well but we focus on our own performances and must take our chances," said Haveron.

"We dominated in the 0-0 draw with Portadown but couldn't find the net."

Portadown lie 10 points adrift at the foot of the table as they prepare to face leaders Crusaders, who have won their last four meetings with the mid-Ulster outfit.

The Ports have secured back-to-back wins and a draw on the field since Vinny Arkins replaced former manager Pat McGibbon in a temporary capacity.

Their 3-1 win over Ards two weeks ago was subsequently turned into a 3-0 defeat however after an Irish FA Disciplinary Committee ruled that midfielder Robert Garrett played while suspended.

Second-placed Blues travel to Swifts

Linfield manager David Healy will check on the fitness of livewire forward Paul Smyth before finalising his line-up to take on Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park.

The Blues cut Crusaders' lead at the top to four points by beating Ballymena United 4-1 on Tuesday, while the Swifts have drawn their last three games, but have lost only once in eight matches at home.

Cliftonville will be without striker Daniel Hughes because of a knee injury for the visit of Ballinamallard United to Solitude, but James Knowles returns after suspension.

The Reds have won 14 and drawn one of their last 15 fixtures with the Mallards, who are on a run of poor form, having lost their last five in all competitions.

Ballymena United have goalkeeper Ross Glendinning and full-back Danny Wallace available again as they entertain improving Carrick Rangers at the Showgrounds.

Both players were absent for the midweek defeat by Linfield under the terms of their loan deal from the Blues.

Defender Kris Lindsay is suspended for Glenavon's trip to Clandeboye Road to face Ards after being dismissed in his side's 3-3 draw with the Crues.

Irish Premiership - 12 November (15:00 GMT)
Live coverage on BBC Radio Ulster and the BBC Sport website
ArdsvGlenavon
Ballymena UtdvCarrick Rangers
CliftonvillevBallinamallard Utd
Dungannon SwiftsvLinfield
GlentoranvColeraine
PortadownvCrusaders

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