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Cliftonville journey to Loughview Leisure Arena on Sunday for the Premiership clash with home side Carrick Rangers.
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Carrick Rangers are hoping to win again after their last result, the 2-3 Premiership victory vs Dungannon Swifts.
For Carrick Rangers, the scorers were Curtis Allen (51') and Nedas Maciulaitis (60', 66'). Dean Curry (14') and Caolan Marron (82') scored for Dungannon Swifts.
It has not been often in recent games where Carrick Rangers haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Carrick Rangers have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 14 goals along the way. However, we’ll just have to find out whether such a trend might be maintained here in this game.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Carrick Rangers:
- have not emerged victorious against Cliftonville in their last 11 league games.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league matches.
Cliftonville will go into this game following on from a 1-0 Premiership win with the defeat of Newry City in their last match.
The only player to score from Cliftonville was Ronan Hale (23').
A run of steadfast performances by the Cliftonville defenders has seen their ‘goals against’ tally standing at 4 from their last 6 outings in total. During the same period, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 10.
Going into this contest, Cliftonville have not lost to Carrick Rangers in away games against them for the last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking at their past head to head meetings going back to 05/02/2022 shows that these fixtures have been a source of anguish for Carrick Rangers. They’ve not been able to get any victories whatsoever while Cliftonville have maintained the edge over them, running out winners in 83% of those matches played.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 22 overall at an average of 3.67 goals per match.
Team News: Carrick Rangers
The Carrick Rangers manager Stuart King doesn’t have any fitness concerns at all coming into this clash owing to a fully healthy squad available for selection.
Team News: Cliftonville
From a largely healthy group of players, there’s just the one fitness problem for the Cliftonville boss Jim Magilton to be concerned with. Ryan Curran (Groin injury) misses out for this game.
We envisage that Cliftonville have it within them to dominate on the ball and be rewarded with decent chances.
At the other end, Carrick Rangers may well struggle scoring although we think that they will probably end up managing to get on the scoresheet as well here.
Accordingly, we see a pretty comfortable 1-3 winning margin for Cliftonville at the end of the 90 minutes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Loughview Leisure Arena (2,100)
Captain: David Cushley
Chairman: Peter Clarke
Manager: Stuart King
Competitions: Premiership position 8
⭐ Star Player: Nedas Maciulaitis
Mostly deployed in the Striker position, Nedas Maciulaitis was born in Lithuania. Having played his first senior match for Portadown in the 2016 - 2017 season, the accomplished Forward has managed to score 4 league goals in the Premiership 2023 - 2024 season so far coming from a total of 16 appearances.