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Stuart McKinley shares his Irish League predictions


Tommy Breslin will be looking for a win over Glentoran with Cliftonville

Tommy Breslin will be looking for a win over Glentoran with Cliftonville

Tommy Breslin will be looking for a win over Glentoran with Cliftonville

If anyone ever doubted that every team in the Danske Bank Premiership is capable of beating anyone else then surely Warrenpoint Town's win over Portadown last weekend proved. And now I've got to predict the outcomes of this weekend's matches. Where's that dice gone? All matches kick-off tomorrow at 3pm unless stated.


I DON'T know how to go about trying to call this one. The Premiership is unpredictable as it is, but matches involving these two are even harder to call as their results are so up and down. Even Glenavon's last win could be taken off them and I don't think they'll get three points here either

McKinley prediction: Ballinamallard Utd 2 Glenavon 1


FOUR of Warrenpoint's 13 points this season have come against Portadown. If only they could repeat those performances against teams further down the league. Coleraine's form switches on an off like those annoying flashing Christmas tree lights, but they should shine in this one.

McKinley prediction: Coleraine 2 Warrenpoint Town 0

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I FEEL for Darren Murphy. He started the season full of optimism with new players, new training methods and fresh ideas on how he wanted his Dungannon Swifts team to play, but they have struggled to get any momentum going and have dropped points late on in so many games. They'll need to play very well to get something at Seaview, even if the Crues have been a bit hit and miss of late themselves.

McKinley prediction: Crusaders 3 Dungannon Swifts 0


THE Glens' record against Cliftonville isn't too bad - it's worth remembering the goalless draw way back on the opening day of the season. They've picked up the same number of points as each other in the last three games and the points are very much up for grabs tomorrow.

McKinley prediction: Glentoran 0 Cliftonville 3


STUTE have taken more points out of the last 10 games than tomorrow's rivals. Ballymena's players may be playing for Cup final places, so expect some sort of a positive response after three league defeats.

McKinley prediction: Institute 2 Ballymena United 2


WHAT a game to have just days before the tranditional Boxing Day derbies - the top two in the table in a real pre-Christmas cracker. Having lost to Warrenpoint last time out Ronnie McFall will be glad of a big game coming around as they would prefer facing the top teams, as last week against Warrenpoint Town proved.

McKinley prediction: Linfield 2 Portadown 1

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