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The Premiership clash at Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday will see home team Ballymena United playing against Crusaders.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Ballymena United v Crusaders can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Ballymena United will be looking for an improved result here following a 0-1 Premiership defeat last time out to Coleraine.
Lyndon Kane (62') scored for Coleraine.
Under three goals per match were recorded in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Ballymena United have been participants. Breaking down the goal split in that period, their opponents scored a total of 5 while Sky Blues got themselves 5.
Coming into this clash, Ballymena United have left without a victory over Crusaders in their previous 2 league matches.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Carrick Rangers in Premiership action, Crusaders will be aiming to make amends here.
The only name on the scoresheet from Crusaders was Philip Lowry (78'). Jonny Frazer (11', 50') and Caolan Loughran (88') scored for Carrick Rangers.
Over the course of their previous six outings, Crusaders have bagged a total of 9 goals. The Hatchetmen have also not failed to score in every single one of those games. In that time, they’ve had 12 goals scored by their opponents. That sort of pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward here, of course.
Analysis of their past results shows that Crusaders:
- have not been beaten by Ballymena United in games played away from home for the previous 2 league games.
- have not won away from home in their last 5 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking at their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 01/01/2019 shows us that Ballymena United have won 2 of these games & Crusaders 3, with the number of draws being 1.
A combined total of 18 goals were scored between them in these games, with 8 for Sky Blues and 10 being from The Hatchetmen. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.
The previous league fixture featuring the two was Premiership match day 4 on 07/11/2020 when the final score was Ballymena United 1-4 Crusaders.
The referee was Keith Kennedy.
Team News: Ballymena United
Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey has no fitness worries whatsoever before this match owing to a completely injury-free squad available to choose from.
Team News: Crusaders
Thanks to a completely injury-free squad available to select from, Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter doesn’t have any fitness concerns to report before this match.
We believe that Ballymena United should get enough chances to score a goal against this Crusaders side, although just one goal may not be enough to prevent defeat.
Our tip is for a 1-2 winning score for Crusaders after the 90. Let’s just see how this one goes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ballymena Showgrounds (4,100)
Captain: Jim Ervin
Chairman: John Taggart
Manager: David Jeffrey
Competitions: Premiership position 6
🔑 Key Player: Shay McCartan
Customarily played in the Striker position, Shay McCartan was born in Newry, N. Ireland. Having made a first senior appearance for Burnley in the 2011 - 2012 season, the skilful Forward has managed to score 4 league goals in the Premiership 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 15 appearances.