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Crusaders v Glenavon Preview

 It's Friday night football at Seaview for the second week in a row and Glenavon are coming to play this time in the Danske Bank Premiership. Crusaders Are looking to close the gap on Ballymena United who play first place Linfield on Saturday while Glenavon buoyed by a late win on Monday against Glentoran will look to close the gap on Crusaders.

Crusaders have had a good week training and go into the game with a positive vibe. We may see little change in the team that won last week against Coleraine unless an injury forces Stephen Baxters hand but he may also give a few players who have had a rest over recent weeks a start as he looks to the weeks ahead and some important games. Jordan Forsythe is unavailable through suspension while Paul Heatley and Rodney Brown both miss through injury. Kyle Owens will be pushing for a start alongside Colin Coates but Sean Ward could hold his place while Declan Caddell will want to start from kick off in midfield after coming off the bench last time. Jordan Owens may also be in with a chance of a recall but it will depend on his fitness after missing the last few weeks. All in all an important game and the team will be under no illusion a win is a must to keep alive hopes of retaining the Premiership title.

Gary Hamilton brings his side to Seaview after Monday nights late late show at Glentoran and he will be hoping more of the same. They will certainly have their tail up and Crusaders will have to be on their game and keep tabs on Stephen Murray and Andrew Mitchell who are both capable of testing the Crusaders goal. Results for Glenavon have been up and down and after a good start to the season and they currently sit in fourth place six points behind Crusaders with a game in hand but have only won twice in their last nine Premiership games and they where the last two played. This means they are gaining some momentum and Crusaders will want to stop that.

So we are set for yet another big game at Seaview and of course we have the visit of Live BBC Sport NI cameras to cover the game that everyone can watch on BBC2 NI. We want you though to come along and get behind the lads once again. Bring your Red &Black with you and make the night a colourful occasion. Be Proud Be Loud and from the beginning let everyone know you are there. Admission is the usual £11 &£7.  Keep The Faith.

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