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Ballymena United will visit Windsor Park on Saturday for the Premiership fixture with hosts Linfield.
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Linfield will be hoping for a better result after the 1-2 Premiership loss in their previous game against Larne.
The only scorer from Linfield was Joel Cooper (15'). Mark Randall (24') and Joe Thomson (55') scored for Larne.
Their more recent scorelines really do illustrate the point that much solidity has been shown by the Linfield backline. Linfield have given the opposition little, resulting in the tally of goals that have gone in at their end during their past 6 games standing at 4.
Coming into this clash, Linfield haven't been beaten in the league by Ballymena United in their previous 8 matches. A long run without a loss.
Following on from a loss in their previous game against Glentoran in Premiership competition, Ballymena United will be hoping to turn things around here.
Aidan Wilson (23'), Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (26', 29'), James Singleton (36') and David Fisher (49') scored for Glentoran.
Demonstrating their fondness for high-scoring matches, we’ve had goals 20 times in the previous 6 matches in which Ballymena United have played, yielding a mean average of 3.33 goals per fixture. Opposition teams have managed 14 of these goals. That sort of pattern might not be continued here, of course.
Heading into this fixture, Ballymena United haven’t won away from home in the past 3 league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head meetings going back to 15/01/2022 tells us that these encounters have been pretty painful for Ballymena United. They have not managed to get any wins whatsoever whereas Linfield have been the better of the two, finishing as winners in 100% of those games where they have faced each other.
13 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 13 from The Blues and 0 created by Sky Blues. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.17.
Team News: Linfield
Robbie McDaid (Cruciate ligament injury) and Jordan Stewart (Knock) are unavailable for Linfield manager David Healy.
Team News: Ballymena United
Thanks to a largely full-strength group, there is just the sole fitness problem for the Ballymena United manager Jim Ervin to contend with. Colin Coates (Knee surgery) won’t be in action.
Sadly for them, Ballymena United won’t be heavily backed to score at all against a Linfield team who look likely to dominate completely.
We’re going for a thumping 4-0 winning margin at the minimum for Linfield when the referee blows the final whistle.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Windsor Park (18,434)
Captain: Jamie Mulgrew
Chairman: Roy McGivern
Manager: David Healy
Competitions: Premiership position 1
⭐ Key Man: Joel Cooper
Normally playing in the Left Wing position, Joel Cooper was born in N. Ireland. After having made a senior debut playing for Glenavon in the 2015 - 2016 season, the accomplished Forward has scored 7 league goals in this Premiership 2023 - 2024 season to date from a total of 16 appearances.