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Stuart McKinley's Irish League predictions

WHY all the fuss about David Jeffrey singing on YouTube?

I'm sure as a young boy his parents taught him to always say please and thank you and the big man hasn't forgotten his manners. The Glens will be saying thank you very, very much too when they pick up the cheque whenever Jimmy Callacher moves from east-Belfast to Windsor – be that next month or in the summer. All matches kick-off tomorrow at 3pm unless stated.

ARDS v GLENTORAN

NIALL Currie will be focusing on this game, but I'd suggest Ards need to be getting points from their next three fixtures – against Warrenpoint Town, Ballinamallard United and Coleraine – if they are to move off the bottom of the.

The Glens have picked up more injuries – mainly in defence – and with Ryan O'Neill heading to the USA and Jimmy Callacher ostracised, Eddie Patterson's squad is now going to be tested to the max over the Christmas and New Year period.

McKinley prediction: Ards 0 Glentoran 2

BALLYMENA UNITED v CRUSADERS

DARE I suggest that Ballymena United are Crusaders' bogey side? They're the last team to beat the Crues and were kicking themselves that they didn't do it again in Tuesday night's League Cup semi-final. Maybe David Cushley needs to score four this time to finish on the winning team.

The Crues have passed a few tests of their character and mettle already. Plenty more lie ahead if they are going to win the title.

McKinley prediction: Ballymena United 2 Crusaders 3

CLIFTONVILLE v BALLINAMALLARD UNITED

THE Reds have emerged from a period of uncertainty with the second longest unbeaten run in the league behind north-Belfast rivals Crusaders and only Portadown have scored more goals. That's championship-winning form.

The Mallards have lost four of their last five games, yet are within reach of the top six. Maybe that's what Whitey Anderson will get for Christmas.

McKinley prediction: Cliftonville 2 Ballinamallard United 0

COLERAINE v DUNGANNON SWIFTS

IF Oran Kearney's hair wasn't so short he'd probably be tearing it out by now. The Bannsiders have lost six-in-a-row, yet by all accounts they have been playing pretty well.

Dungannon have hit the buffers after winning three games in succession, which just shows the frustration of managing mid-table teams who struggle for consistency.

McKinley prediction: Coleraine 1 Dungannon Swifts 1

LINFIELD v PORTADOWN

IF the Blues don't win the league at least David Jeffrey has a big chance of winning the X-Factor, especially as all the Big Two fans are pretty quick on their mobile phones and they would vote for him.

McKinley prediction: Linfield 2 Portadown 1

WARRENPOINT TOWN v GLENAVON

(Tonight, 7.45pm)

WARRENPOINT have waited a long time for this game and I'm expecting them to enjoy a happy home coming.

McKinley prediction: Warrenpoint 2 Glenavon 1

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