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The Premiership clash at Ballymena Showgrounds on Saturday sees home side Ballymena United doing battle with Crusaders.
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Ballymena United will be hoping for a better result following a 2-1 Premiership loss in their previous game against Carrick Rangers.
The only player to score from Ballymena United was Jonté Smith (32'). Alexander Gawne (55') and Jordan Gibson (93') scored for Carrick Rangers.
Matches with Ballymena United have proved to be engaging encounters of late with plenty of scoring being the norm. Over their past six clashes, a total of 23 goals have been scored for both sides combined (at an average of 3.83 goals per game) with 8 of these belonging to Ballymena United.
A look at their previous results shows us that Ballymena United:
- have not registered a win against Crusaders in their previous 4 league games.
- have not been beaten in their last 5 league matches at home.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Coleraine in Premiership competition, Crusaders will be hoping to turn things around here.
Eoin Bradley (10') and Josh Carson (62') scored for Coleraine.
A tendency of at least one team drawing a blank in games involving Crusaders has been fairly consistent of late. Checking on their last six games shows that it’s occurred 5 times. In these clashes, their opponents have managed a goal total of 5 while Crusaders have scored 9. We will just have to find out whether or not that trend will be sustained here.
Heading into this fixture, Crusaders have not lost to Ballymena United when having played them away from home in the previous 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head clashes going back to 12/10/2019 tells us that Ballymena United have won 1 of these games and Crusaders 4, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
A combined sum of 14 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 4 from Sky Blues and 10 belonging to The Hatchetmen. That is an average goals per game value of 2.33.
The last league game between these clubs was Premiership match day 15 on 02/04/2021 and the score finished Ballymena United 0-1 Crusaders.
The referee was Lee Tavinder.
Team News: Ballymena United
The Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey does not have any fitness concerns to speak of coming into this game owing to a fully injury-free group available to choose from.
Team News: Crusaders
Due to a completely healthy squad ready to go, the Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter does not have any fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this match.
We feel that over the course of the game, Ballymena United will do well to break down this Crusaders team who we think will end up scoring and staying ahead.
We therefore fancy a 0-1 win for Crusaders when the full-time whistle blows.
Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ballymena Showgrounds (4,100)
Chairman: John Taggart
Manager: David Jeffrey
Competitions: Premiership position 9
🔑 Star Man: Jonté Smith
Normally playing in the Striker position, Jonté Smith was born in Hamilton, Bermuda. After making a first senior appearance for Crawley Town in the 2012 - 2013 season, the dangerous Forward has scored 2 league goals in this Premiership 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 4 appearances.