Another Saturday in the Danske Bank Premiership and another big game as Glentoran travel across the City to play Crusaders at Seaview (3pm) Crusaders will want to bounce back immediately from their first defeat of the season last week against Coleraine while Glentoran while try and keep the resurgence going under their new regime.
Stephen Baxter and the squad will have put last weeks game to bed and got on with training and how to beat Glentoran. It could be that the squad will be tweaked and players who have been on the bench may get a start but we wait to see how they line up. Sean O'Neill may see Colin Coates in front of him in centre of defence if he has recovered from injury that has kept him out the last few weeks while Jarlath O'Rourke and Rodney Brown will be looking a possible start should Michael Ruddy be rested. Midfield could see a few changes with David Cushley, Rory Hale, Declan Caddel, Gary Thompson and Paul McElroy all eager to start this one after being on the bench last week. Jamie McGonigle and Jordan Owens could start again up front but a change of tact could see one drop to the bench. They will know that a win is a must if they are to stay at the top of the Premiership and hopefully that will be the incentive they need for this game.
Glentoran have surprised many with the start to the season under new boss Mick McDermott and they sit in fourth position in the table. Good overseas signings and those already there have gelled well and they will certainly be a formidable opposition when the game begins. Hrvoje Plum has certainly hit the ground running for Glentoran as has Elvio van Overbeek with some decent performances but Robbie McDaid has also chipped in with goals but Crusaders will be out to stop them this time round.
So all set for this massive game so early in the season. Tickets can still be bought via the Crusaders website but Cash turnstiles will also be in operation and admission is £12 &£8. Let's get out in numbers wearing the red and black and be heard as we get behind the lads. Sing Loud and sing proud and make Seaview a fortress. Keep The Faith.
NB. There will be a minutes applause before kick off in memory of Colin McAlpin who was buried earlier this week.