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Linfield v Crusaders Preview

 Crusaders make the short trip to South Belfast to play Linfield in the Danske Bank Premiership as the season heads to a close. Crusaders still have a bit to do as they look to close the gap on second placed Ballymena United while Linfield still lead the table with a few games to go.

Crusaders will be looking to come back after last weeks late defeat to Glenavon and Stephen could make a few changes to the side as he looks to rest players and give others game time as he looks to finish the season strongly and the Cup Final ahead also. We wait to see who makes the starting XI and we could see Colin Coates or Howard Beverland returning to the centre of defence to play alongside Kyle Owens while David Cushley could start after being rested to the bench last week. Declan Caddell and Jordan Forsythe could also come into the frame again while Rory Patterson and Ronan Hale remain ready if needed to lead the line should Jordan Owens be rested.

Linfields line up should be something similar to the side that beat Ballymena United last Friday. Andy Waterworth is Crusaders main threat and will need to be well watched but with Jordan Stewart also in fine form his pace could also cause problems. Gareth Deane has been brilliant in nets since taking over from Roy Carroll and will be hard to beat also. Crusaders will look to the Irish Cup Quarter Final and Co.Antrim Shield wins as inspiration ahead of this game but Linfield manager David Healy will want a win to reverse the last few results between these sides.

The game has a 3pm kick off and tickets will be available outside the ground to buy before heading to the turnstiles. We still have a job to do to secure european football and we want you with us as we try and close the gap. Come along and be heard and get behind the lads once again. Keep The Faith

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