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Glenavon v Crusaders Preview

 It's the first game in the split as the Danske Bank Premiership heads into the last few weeks of the season. Crusaders travel to play Glenavon in this one which could have a big bearing on who can automatically qualify for Europe next season.

Crusaders will again take a look at the squad and will use the depth of it to play this game. Several players have niggles and knocks and will be checked before the team is named but Stephen will still expect a top quality performance from his side as they look to close the gap on Ballymena United in second place. We may see some changes from the side that won in the Semi Final last week with Rory Hale returning to the starting line up along with Matthew Snoddy and Howard Beverland if picked. Kyle Owens may also be recalled after missing out through injury with Ronan Hale and Rory Patterson ready to start if Jordan Owens is rested to the bench. The goalkeeping position is also up for grabs while the back four could be shuffled around to rest a few. A win will keep them breathing down Ballymena Uniteds necks if United where to lose against Linfield on Friday night and all to play for in the final games.

Glenavon will still think they can snatch third place in the Premiership and Gary Hamilton will push his side on to try and overtake Crusaders who are four points ahead of them. Glenavon won the Mid Ulster Cup during the week but it will be a much changed side who take on Crusaders. Hamilton will look to the recent 1-1 draw between the sides as inspiration and will look to win this tie this time round. He will of course be without Paul Millar in the dug out as he joined Glentoran this week. With dangermen all over the park Crusaders will need to watch Stephen Murray, Andrew Mitchell and Josh Daniels especially while at the back Caolan Marron will be hard to break down and Jonny Tuffey will be hard to beat.

So we head to Lurgan in search of a win to keep us hot on the heels of an automatic European spot and we want to have you with us. Why not come down and get behind the lads and 

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