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The Premiership meeting at Shamrock Park on Saturday sees hosts Portadown lock horns with Ballymena United.
All Portadown v Ballymena United game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below (including the best match odds).
Portadown will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following the 2-3 Premiership success vs Warrenpoint Town.
For Portadown, the goals were scored by Lee Bonis (68'), Stephen Teggart (72') and Sammie McLeod (86'). Gregory Moorhouse (27') and Kealan Dillon (48') scored for Warrenpoint Town.
At least three goals per match were seen in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Portadown have played. Opposition teams scored 17 of them in this period whereas Portadown managed to get a total of 8. That sort of trend won’t necessarily be carried forward here, however.
Their prior results show that Portadown:
- have not emerged victorious against Ballymena United in their previous 7 matches in the league.
- haven’t won at home in the past 4 matches in the league. Their supporters are understandably frustrated.
After being defeated in their last game at the hands of Crusaders in Premiership competition, Ballymena United will be hoping to turn things around here.
Jarlath O'Rourke (13') scored for Crusaders.
Illustrating their fondness for productive matches, goals have been scored 21 times in the prior 6 games in which Ballymena United have taken to the field, yielding a mean average of 3.5 goals for each meeting. Opposition teams have managed 14 of those goals.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Ballymena United:
- remain undefeated by Portadown in games played away from home for the previous 4 matches in the league. Away fans have certainly had plenty to cheer about.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 4 matches in the league.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head results stretching back to 03/12/2016 shows that these fixtures have been pretty painful for Portadown. They have not been able to get themselves any wins at all while Ballymena United have been too good for them, running out winners in 83 per cent of those ties.
A sum of 17 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 4 from The Ports and 13 created by Sky Blues. The average goals per game has been 2.83.
The previous league clash between these clubs was Premiership match day 5 on 29/05/2021 when it finished Ballymena United 4-2 Portadown.
The match was refereed by Evans Boyce.
Team News: Portadown
The Portadown manager Matthew Tipton has zero fitness concerns whatsoever before this game owing to a fully injury-free group to choose from.
Team News: Ballymena United
With a fully healthy squad ready to go, the Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey has no fitness worries at all before this match.
Portadown will need to put in a solid display to hit the back of the net against this Ballymena United side who we think will end up scoring and staying ahead.
We’re therefore predicting a very even contest with a 0-1 winning margin for Ballymena United at the end of the match.
Hoping for a good game.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Shamrock Park (2,770)
Captain: Luke Wilson
Chairman: David Jameson
Manager: Matthew Tipton
Competitions: Premiership position 10
⭐ Star Player: Sammie McLeod
Typically used in the Centre Midfield position, Sammie McLeod was born in Tunbridge Wells, England. After making a first senior appearance for Portadown in the 2021 - 2022 season, the skilful Midfielder has scored a sum of 2 league goals in this Premiership 2021 - 2022 campaign so far coming from a total of 7 appearances.