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Graham Luney's Irish League predictions

By Graham Luney

Published 10/04/2015

4 April 2015 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
Dance Bank Premiership, Cliftonville v Portadown at Solitude.
Cliftonville's Joe Gormley celebrates with Eamonn Seydak and Martin Donnelly
4 April 2015 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Dance Bank Premiership, Cliftonville v Portadown at Solitude. Cliftonville's Joe Gormley celebrates with Eamonn Seydak and Martin Donnelly

Hang on to your hats, the title race is back on. By tomorrow night Linfield could be only three points behind Crusaders with three games left and the sides still to play each other. Stranger things have happened... like a stand at Windsor Park falling down! All games kick off tomorrow at 3.00pm unless stated.

CLIFTONVILLE V CRUSADERS

What a monster game this is, Crusaders chasing the title and Cliftonville chasing a European place. The Reds were already fuming after their three in a row hopes went up in smoke and now a 5-0 beating dished out by Glenavon is bound to spark a reaction. Paul Heatley will return to add some quality to the visiting attack but with Joe Gormley in the mood for more goals, it could be another uncomfortable afternoon for the league leaders.

Luney prediction: Cliftonville 2 Crusaders 0

COLERAINE V BALLINAMALLARD UTD

The Mallards are seven points clear of a dreaded play-off spot and back-to-back wins is an outstanding effort by Whitey Anderson's boys. Coleraine, along with Ballymena United, are in the unfortunate position of having nothing to play for though you could argue players are competing for their futures.

Luney prediction: Coleraine 1 Ballinamallard Utd 1

DUNGANNON SWIFTS V WARRENPOINT Town

It's been a long and frustrating season for these clubs and the Swifts in particular will ask themselves how they slipped into relegation trouble. Town appear to be destined to contest a play-off.

Luney prediction: Dungannon Swifts 2 Warrenpoint Town 1

GLENTORAN V PORTADOWN

Not the biggest match between these two great rivals in the coming weeks but both sides would love to secure European football through a strong league finish rather than focus solely on the Irish Cup final. Don't expect this game to have the same edge, or all the star names that will feature in the May showpiece.

Luney prediction: Glentoran 1 Portadown 1

INSTITUTE V BALLYMENA UTD

The end is nigh for Stute. Only four league wins all season and two of them came as early as August. The Sky Blues boast the league's second most generous defence behind Stute and boss Glenn Ferguson will need to bolster his rearguard before next season.

Luney prediction: Institute 1 Ballymena Utd 3

LINFIELD V GLENAVON

(Ballymena Showgrounds)

Both sides have a spring in their step but I think the Blues will burst Glenavon's bubble and keep the pressure on Crusaders. The Lurgan Blues are on a tremendous run and they did beat Linfield 1-0 in March but I'm expecting Warren Feeney's side to exact revenge.

Luney prediction: Linfield 3 Glenavon 1

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