Crusaders are off down the M1 early on Saturday evening as they go to Mourneview Park to play Glenavon in the latest game of the Danske Bank Premiership. Crusaders will hope to bounce back fromlast weeks defeat to Coleraine while Glenavon had a moral boosting win last Saturday in the Premiership but exited the League Cup on Wednesday night.
Crusaders will have put last Saturdays defeat to the back of their minds as they looked to this game against Glenavon. We could seea few tweaks to the team as Stephen Baxter looks to bring in fresh legs and minds in the hope we the team can quickly get back to winning ways. Billy Joe Burns and Michael Ruddy come back into the frame for a start on Saturday in defence and if either are selected could play alongside Colin Coates and Chris Hegarty. Midfield could get a shake up and Paul McElroy and Gary Thompson, who started as subs last week, will be eager to start if Stephen decides to change it around. Reece McGinley and Harry Robinson could be called as subs at least if needed. We await a fitness update on Jordan Owens but Jamie McGonigle will be on hand to lead the line and David Cushley could join him after starting last week. The team selected will go and try to get back on top of the table depending of course how Coleraine get on.
Glenavon have had a below par start to the season by their own standards and won only their third game of the season last Saturday against basement club Warrenpoint Town. They also went out of the League Cup on Wednesday to Championship side Newry City and Gary Hamilton will also want a reaction. Glenavon have had some heavy defeats lately but it will not be easy for Crusaders to break down the defence and get the goals. Rhys Marshall continures to impress but Glenavon have danger all over the pitch with Andy Doyle. Josh Daniels, Sammy Clingan and Caolan Marron all capable of putting in match winning performances. Andy Mitchell is athe main threat up front and will keep the Crusaders defence busy also.
All set then for what is usually a fiery game between these two sides. Remember the game kicks off at the later time of 5pm at Mourneview and Admission is £12 & £8. It would be great too see a decent travelling support and a vocal one also. Your support this season has been magnificient and hopefully it continues. So make your way to the game and be part of the journey once again. Keep The Faith.