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The Premiership tie at Solitude on Saturday will see home side Cliftonville up against opponents in Ballymena United.
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Cliftonville fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 1-3 Premiership victory against Glenavon.
For Cliftonville, the goals were scored by David Parkhouse (14'), Colin Coates (75') and Ronan Hale (92'). Matthew Fitzpatrick (89') was the scorer for Glenavon.
Three or more goals per match were seen in 5 of the last 6 fixtures where Cliftonville have played. Their opponents scored 7 of them in these games while Cliftonville totted up 16.
Heading into this contest, Cliftonville are unbeaten in their previous 18 league matches at home. Incredible, really.
In the game prior to this, Ballymena United drew 0-0 in the Premiership match with Newry City.
Over the course of 5 of the past 6 games involving Ballymena United, a relatively low number of goals have been struck between them and their opponents. The overall average number of goals per game in that spell works out to just 1.83, with the average goals for Sky Blues standing at 0.83. Regardless, time will tell if that pattern shall be replicated in this next game.
Their past results show that Ballymena United:
- have left without a victory over Cliftonville when they've played them away from home in the last 2 matches in the league.
- have not won away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head duels dating back to 02/03/2021, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with Cliftonville winning 2 of those games, Ballymena United 2 and 2 being draws in normal time.
A total of 16 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 7 for The Reds and 9 being from Sky Blues. The average goals per game has been 2.67.
The previous league contest featuring the two was Premiership match day 18 on 03/12/2022 when it ended Ballymena United 4-1 Cliftonville.
The referee was Ian McNabb.
Team News: Cliftonville
The Cliftonville manager Paddy McLaughlin will be grateful not to have any fitness worries whatsoever coming into this clash thanks to a fully healthy squad available to select from.
Team News: Ballymena United
Owing to a completely healthy group available for selection, the Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey doesn’t have any fitness concerns at all coming into this match.
In our view, Cliftonville will most probably be able to score a couple when they come up against Ballymena United, who won’t find it easy finding the net themselves.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a pretty comfortable 2-0 winning margin for Cliftonville at the end of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Solitude (6,224)
Captain: Chris Curran
Chairman: Paul McKeown
Manager: Paddy McLaughlin
Competitions: Premiership position 1, Irish Cup (Sixth Round)
🔑 Key Man: Ryan Curran
Mostly taking up the Striker position, Ryan Curran was born in N. Ireland. Having made a first senior appearance for Derry City in the 2012 season, the goalscoring Forward has accumulated 11 league goals in this Premiership 2022 - 2023 season to date from a total of 19 appearances.