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Carrick Rangers will be facing away team Crusaders at Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena in the Premiership tie on Tuesday.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Carrick Rangers v Crusaders can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Carrick Rangers will be looking for an improved result here following a 3-0 Premiership loss in their previous game against Larne.
Lee Lynch (14', 37') and Andy Mitchell (35') scored for Larne.
Matches featuring Carrick Rangers have proved to be engaging encounters recently with plenty of scoring being the norm. Over their past half dozen games alone, a grand total of 20 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 7 of these accredited to The Gers. Such a pattern won’t necessarily be carried forward here, however.
Going into this contest, Carrick Rangers are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches at home.
Crusaders go into this match after a 0-1 Premiership win to defeat Ballymena United in their most recent fixture.
The only player to score from Crusaders was Aidan Wilson (75').
The stats tell the story, and Crusaders have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 8 goals in total. Defensively, The Hatchetmen have been far from perfect.
Looking at their past form shows that Crusaders:
- have not been beaten by Carrick Rangers in away games against them for the last 4 matches in the league. An impressive run.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head clashes stretching back to 27/01/2018 shows us that Carrick Rangers have won 1 of these & Crusaders 5, with the tally of drawn results being 0.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 24 in all at an average of 4 goals per meeting.
The previous league encounter between the two was Premiership match day 11 on 09/03/2021 when the final score was Carrick Rangers 1-3 Crusaders.
The match was refereed by Jamie Robinson.
Team News: Carrick Rangers
Carrick Rangers boss Niall Currie has zero fitness concerns at all ahead of this clash with a fully healthy squad to choose from.
Team News: Crusaders
Due to a fully injury-free group available to choose from, Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter doesn’t have any fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this clash.
In our view, Crusaders have the ability to create a good amount of chances and successful shots on target.
In contrast, Carrick Rangers won’t find it easy scoring goals but we think it’s quite likely that they will be converting at least once as well.
We’re tipping a fairly comfortable 1-3 victory for Crusaders at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena (6,000)
Captain: Mark Surgenor
Chairman: Peter Clarke
Manager: Niall Currie
Competitions: Premiership position 11
⭐ Key Man: Michael Smith
Usually taking to the field in the Left Wing position, Michael Smith was born in N. Ireland. After having made a senior debut playing for Ballymena United in the 2011 - 2012 season, the skilful Forward has managed to score 3 league goals in the Premiership 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 25 appearances.