In-form Bannsiders play leaders Crues while Sky Blues play Reds

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Former Reds Johnny McMurray (left) and Johnny Flynn, ready to face their old club

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It's the final weekend of matches before the Danske Bank Premiership splits into a top six and bottom six.

The action kicks off on Friday night with Glentoran facing Carrick Rangers at the Oval.

A victory for the Glens would move them into seventh spot, the last European play-off place.

If Carrick win, they would go 17 points clear of basement club Portadown.

Marcus Kane and Steven Gordon are suspended for the east Belfast side, with visiting captain Mark Surgeoner also banned. 

There will be a minute's silence before the game to mark the death of Derry City captain Ryan McBride.


Leaders by seven points Crusaders are away to third-placed Coleraine on Saturday. 

Here's Crues defender, former Bannsiders skipper Howard Beverland.



The Stripes are aiming to make it 14 games unbeaten.


But in-form striker Eoin Bradley admits it will be a battle against the defending champions.



Linfield, sitting second, face a journey to Ballinamallard - and Blues boss David Healy is looking forward to his trip to Fermanagh.



Also on Saturday, Ballymena United are away to Cliftonville. 


Two former players return to Solitude with the Sky Blues.


And the two Johnnys are intending to sink their old club - striker McMurray coming up, after centre-back Flynn.



In the other games, Ards play Glenavon in Bangor while Portadown host Mid-Ulster neighbours Dungannon.


The Ports would be relegated if they fail to beat the Swifts and Carrick win against the Glens.


Kick-off at the Oval on Friday is 7.45pm with the five Saturday matches in the 33rd round of fixtures starting at 3pm.

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