Ballymena United will visit Shamrock Park on Saturday for the Premiership clash with hosts Portadown.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Portadown v Ballymena United match are shown here - along with the latest match odds.
Portadown will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 1-3 Premiership loss in their previous game against Glentoran.
The only scorer from Portadown was Lee Bonis (49'). Conor McMenamin (2'), Hrvoje Plum (29') and Jay Donnelly (66') scored for Glentoran.
It’s been all too rare in recent games that Portadown have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that The Ports have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 12 goals along the way.
Ahead of this clash, Portadown haven't won against Ballymena United in their previous 4 matches in the league.
After suffering a loss in their previous game against Cliftonville in Premiership competition, Ballymena United will be aiming to make amends here.
The only scorer from Ballymena United was Shay McCartan (42'). Paul O'Neill (82') was the scorer for Cliftonville.
Looking at their form, and Ballymena United have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 8 goals in all. At the back, Sky Blues could really do with shoring things up. Historical results aside, we must now wait to see whether the trend will continue on in this match.
Taking a look at their past results, Ballymena United:
- haven't been defeated by Portadown when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
- have not won away from home in their last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head to head meetings going back to 01/01/2016 tells us that Portadown have won 1 of these and Ballymena United 4, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
A combined total of 16 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 5 of them from The Ports and 11 netted by Sky Blues. That’s an average goals per game of 2.67.
The previous league meeting between these clubs was Premiership match day 9 on 05/12/2020 when the final score was Portadown 0-0 Ballymena United.
The match was refereed by Lee Tavinder.
Team News: Portadown
Portadown manager Matthew Tipton has no fitness worries to speak of before this clash owing to a fully injury-free group available for selection.
Team News: Ballymena United
Due to a fully injury-free group available for selection, Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey has no fitness concerns at all before this match.
We’re inclined to think that Ballymena United can be able to create a high number of chances and successful shots on target.
At the same time, Portadown might well find it difficult getting goals, although we do think that it’s probable they’ll be managing to get on the scoresheet here.
We’re predicting a comfortable 1-3 victory for Ballymena United at the end of the 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Shamrock Park (2,489)
Captain: Luke Wilson
Chairman: Ronnie Stinson
Manager: Matthew Tipton
Competitions: Premiership position 11
🔑 Star Man: Lee Bonis
Customarily taking to the field in the Striker position, Lee Bonis was born in Portadown, N. Ireland. Having made a first senior appearance for Portadown in the 2020 - 2021 season, the talented Forward has struck 5 league goals in the Premiership 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in 15 appearances.