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Laxey and Douglas Royal prepare for battle at the bottom

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Weekend football preview

There are big games at both the top and bottom of the Canada Life Premier League today.

Two sides touted for potential title success before the season started meet at Ballafletcher when Corinthians host reigning champions St Georges.

At the other end of the table, two teams involved in this year's relegation battle go head-to-head as Douglas Royal travel to Laxey.

After defeat in Boxing Day's Railway Cup Final, St Georges have won both their matches since by a 1-0 scoreline; while Corinthians began the New Year in superb fashion, thrashing St Johns 7-1 in the FA Cup last week.

Star man for the Whites is captain Sean Doyle, who has netted 20 times in 15 games this season, including two from the substitutes bench last time out.

Geordies have plenty of firepower themselves, with Furo Davies and Ciaran McNulty scoring an impressive 29 times between them.

A win for the Glencrutchery Road club could lift them as high as third, but they would need to rely on a helping hand in the day's other matches.

In the big match at the bottom, Laxey are aiming to complete a league double over Douglas Royal.

The Miners registered a 3-1 win in the reverse fixture, thanks largely to two goals from top scorer Michael Fernandes.

Royal are currently on their best run of the season, however - unbeaten in three games and sit four points and two places above their opponents this weekend in ninth place.

Full fixture list for 12 January (2pm kick-off unless stated):

CANADA LIFE PREMIER LEAGUE

Castletown v St Marys

Corinthians v St Georges

Laxey Douglas Royal

Marown v Douglas Athletic

Rushen v DHSOB

St Johns v Peel

JCK DIVISION TWO

Douglas & District v Pulrose

Foxdale v Michael

Gymns v Colby

RYCOB v Onchan

Union Mills v Malew

Governors Athletic v Ramsey (2.30pm)

CANADA LIFE COMBINATION ONE

DHSOB v Rushen

Douglas Athletic v Marown

Douglas Royal v Laxey

Peel v St Johns

St Georges v Corinthians

St Marys v Castletown (2.30pm)

JCK COMBINATION TWO

Colby v Gymns

Malew v Union Mills

Michael v Foxdale

Onchan v RYCOB

Pulrose v Douglas & District

Ramsey v Governors Athletic

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