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Crusaders v Cliftonville Preview

We return to Danske Bank Premiership action on Tuesday night when the North Belfast Derby returns to Seaview in a rearranged game originally scheduled for last month. Crusaders are looking to set about climbing the table again from their fourth position at present while Cliftonville are on a similar mission from fifth in the the table.

Crusaders will have several forced changes after two dismissals against Glentoran on Saturday. Sean O'Neill is set to start after Gerad Dohertys red card and we could see Paul McElroy start to replace Jordan Forsythe who also saw red. Howard Beverland returns to the squad and he may be recalled or Chris Hegarty at the back if Stephen decides to change things in the central defensive area. Midfield could see a recall for Philip Lowry who missed out on a starting place last time out but Roty Hale could also start. David Cushley will hope for another start after Saturdays performance while Jamie McGonigle and Jordan Owens will lead from the front. It's a massive game in the race for the Premiership title and the team will know exactly what is at stake before they leave the dressing room.

Cliftonville have drawn their last two Premiership games and Paddy McLaughlin will want to get points back on the board and get his side back into the mix. A win in the Irish Cup on Saturday will have given them a boost but they know that North Belfast Derby games are unique and form often goes out the window. Joe Gormley is as always the main threat Cliftonville have but Conor McMenamin is also in fine form and will be a danger also. Although Cliftonville lost Rory Donnelly in the transfer window there are plenty of playmakers for Crusaders to deal with.

So another North Belfast Derby is upon us and we want you there to back the lads. Season tickets are valid and non season ticket holders can pay £12 and £8 at the turnstile. Let's see you at Seaview getting behind the team. The last few weeks have been frustrating but we can really give it a go from here on in and get right back in the battle for the top spot in the Premisership. See you Tuesday night. Keep The Faith.

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