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Ballymena United will be the visitors at The Oval on Friday for the Premiership showdown with home side Glentoran.
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Glentoran will be looking for an improved result here following the 1-0 Premiership losing effort in their last game against Cliftonville.
Ryan Curran (70') was the scorer for Cliftonville.
Under three goals per game were seen in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Glentoran have been participants. Breaking down the goal split from this period, their opponents scored an aggregate of 6 and Glentoran managed a tally of 7.
Coming into this meeting, Glentoran have not won against Ballymena United in their previous 3 matches in the league.
Since tasting defeat last time out to Warrenpoint Town in Premiership action, Ballymena United will be aiming to make amends here.
For Ballymena United, goals were scored by Paul McElroy (2') and Jordan Williamson (43' Own goal). Kealan Dillon (47') was the scorer for Warrenpoint Town.
In their last 6 clashes, Ballymena United have helped themselves to a tally of 18 goals. Ballymena United have also managed to score on each one of those occasions. During that period, they have had 6 goals go against them. Regardless, we’ll just have to find out if such a trend shall be replicated in this next match.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 24/08/2019 shows that Glentoran have won 3 of these games and Ballymena United 1, with the number of drawn games being 2.
17 goals were scored between them in these games, with 10 of them from The Glens and 7 created by Sky Blues. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.83.
The last league game featuring these clubs was Premiership match day 29 on 06/04/2021 when it finished Ballymena United 2-2 Glentoran.
The match was refereed by Steven Gregg.
Team News: Glentoran
The Glentoran manager Mick McDermott has no fitness worries at all before this clash owing to a fully injury-free squad available to select from.
Team News: Ballymena United
With a completely injury-free group available to choose from, the Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey has no fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this match.
We feel that Glentoran will, in all likelihood, be able to create a decent number of chances and shots on target.
At the same time, Ballymena United are also probably going to find it difficult to score but we do think that it’s more than likely that they will be scoring as well.
Accordingly, we see a controlled 3-1 winning margin for Glentoran at the end of the 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Oval (6,054)
Captain: Marcus Kane
Chairman: Stephen Henderson
Manager: Mick McDermott
Competitions: Premiership position 7, Conference League Qualifiers (1st Qualifying)