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Cliftonville’s 1-0 victory over Warrenpoint Town this evening mathematically confirmed the Reds’ place in the top half of the Danske Bank Premiership and, as well as providing some insight into the team’s post-split schedule, ensures that the Club are at the very least guaranteed a Play-Off place for next season’s UEFA Europa Conference League.

The two-way split will take effect following the 33rd round of fixtures on Saturday, March 26, when teams in the respective halves of the table will compete with one another for the Gibson Cup, European qualification and the fight against relegation.

With three teams currently confirmed for top six berths, Cliftonville will have one home game and one away game, with the location of the other three matches to be determined by the final participants, while the specific order of fixtures will be confirmed in due course. will once again endeavour to keep the Red Army ahead of the game with our up-to-the-minute guide on all of our opponents, home dates and away days for the final five matches of the season.

The details below reflect the standings, allowing supporters to get an early gauge of how the Premiership run-in will shape up although, as ever, fans are advised that the fixtures template remains subject to ratification and indeed amendment at the discretion of the NI Football League who, as has been the case in recent seasons, may resolve to release the schedule earlier than advertised to assist Clubs’ preparations.

Which teams have qualified for the Premiership’s top six?
1. Cliftonville
2. Glentoran
3. Linfield

Which teams can still mathematically qualify for the Premiership’s top six?
1. Ballymena United
2. Coleraine
3. Crusaders
4. Dungannon Swifts
5. Glenavon
6. Larne

Where will Cliftonville’s fixtures be played against all potential opponents?
Ballymena United (Solitude)
Coleraine (The Showgrounds)
Crusaders (Seaview)
Dungannon Swifts (Solitude)
Glenavon (Solitude)
Larne (Solitude)

When will post-split fixtures take place?
Numbers reflective of Premiership positions following 33 rounds of fixtures on March 26
Saturday, April 9 (3pm)
1 v 2
3 v 4
5 v 6

Saturday, April 16 (3pm)
1 v 3
2 v 5
4 v 6

Tuesday, April 19 (7.45pm)
1 v 4
2 v 6
3 v 5

Saturday, April 23 (3pm)
1 v 5
2 v 4
3 v 6

Saturday, April 30 (3pm)
1 v 6
2 v 3
4 v 5