It is back to Danske Bank Premiership action on Saturday as Crusaders play Carrick Rangers at Seaview. Hot off the heels of the Shield success Crusaders will be eager to extend the unbeaten run in all competitions with three points against a Rangers side who sit close to the bottom spot of the table.
Crusaders lead the Premiership by a point over Coleraine and are keen to extend that further. The starting eleven could have some personnel changes and Stephen Baxter will select another strong starting eleven capable of seeing off their opponents. It is a straight fight between Sean O'Neill and Brian Jensen who starts in nets and with Colin Coates available after suspension the back four could see changes in the way it lines up. Midfield may not see much of a change given the performance on Tuesday night so expect to see Paul Heatley, Declan Caddell, Matthew Snoddy, Philip Lowry and Gavin Whyte all possibly starting again with Jordan Owens up front. There is a chance that Stephen has one eye on the next few games for Crusaders and may rest some players and making use of his full squad.
Carrick Rangers have not won in the Premiership since mid October and David McAlindens side know they are in a relegation fight with a struggle to get out of the position they are in. They have been busy in the transfer window securing several new signings from both sides of the border and they hope the new blood will be enough to change the fortunes of the Club. They did not have a game last week due to a waterlogged pitch and they will be chumping at the bit to get going again. Andrew Mooney leads the goal scoring charts for Carrick Rangers and will need watched. With several ex Crusaders players in the side Crusaders will be wary of the threat posed and will certainly not under estimate their opponents.
So far this season Crusaders and Carrick have met twice with Crusaders winning both (7-1 in the Premiership and 1-0 in the Co.Antrim Shield) and are also due to meet in a rearranged fixture on Tuesday 6th February in Carrick.
All set then for an interesting game and all that is needed is you. Come on down to Seaview and show your support as we battle on in the Premiership. Admission is £ 11 & £7 for non season ticket holders and we would love to see you at Seaview to get completely behind your team. Keep The Faith.