Crusaders out to increase Premiership lead

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A feisty affair between the two top ended scoreless at Windsor Park last Saturday. Picture courtesy of

League leaders Crusaders welcome Coleraine to Seaview while second placed Linfield travel to Mourneview Park to play Glenavon

Crusaders will be hoping to increase their lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership following the latest round of fixtures.

The champions are still four points clear after a scoreless draw away to their closest rivals Linfield last week.

This Saturday the north Belfast side return to Seaview for a clash with fourth-placed Coleraine.

Crues midfielder Declan Caddell expects a tough test against Oran Kearney's team.

"The match we played at the start of the season, they put it up to us. I was very impressed. Obviously Oran is a very good manager. He's got big William Murphy up there too and they've given the young lads coming through the youth system a chance.

"They've developed over the past couple of years, even last year they put on a good run. This year they have clicked and they are on a great run."

Linfield are off to Lurgan to take on a Glenavon team still in the top six despite some erratic performances in recent weeks.

After moving up to third place last Saturday, Cliftonville are away to Dungannon, aiming to avenge their surprise defeat against the Swifts at Solitude in August.

Glentoran boss Gary Haveron has just picked up the manager of the month award for October, following three wins and a draw in his first full month in charge at the Oval.

His opening game of November is at home to bottom club Portadown, still reeling from this week being docked three points for fielding the suspended Robert Garrett in last Saturday's home 'win' against Ards.

Ards are back in Bangor this weekend looking to complete an early season treble against Ballymena United after already beating the Sky Blues in the league and the County Antrim Shield.

Danske Bank Premiership
Friday November 4th (8pm)

Ballinamallard United  v  Carrick Rangers

Saturday November 5th (3pm)

Ards  v  Ballymena United

Crusaders  v  Coleraine

Dungannon Swifts  v  Cliftonville

Glenavon  v  Linfield

Glentoran  v  Portadown

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