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Crusaders make the trip to Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena on Saturday for the Premiership game with hosts Carrick Rangers.
Our Carrick Rangers v Crusaders predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below including the latest game odds.
Carrick Rangers will be hoping to bounce back here following a 4-0 Premiership losing effort in their last game against Linfield.
Christy Manzinga (25', 34'), Sam Roscoe (29') and Martin Donnelly (37') scored for Linfield.
A recurring trait of more recent Carrick Rangers games is the number of nil scores.
From their previous six matches before this one, in as many as 5 of them a bet on both teams scoring would have lost.
A look at their previous results shows us that Carrick Rangers:
- have not registered a win against Crusaders in their previous 2 league matches.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
Crusaders go into this clash following a 0-1 Premiership win with the downing of Ballymena United in their most recent match.
The only player to score from Crusaders was Jarlath O'Rourke (13').
The trend of at least one team not managing to score in games involving Crusaders has been fairly consistent of late. Checking on their last 6 games shows that this has occurred 5 times. During those clashes, their opponents have hit a goal aggregate of 3 while Crusaders have scored 10. That pattern won’t necessarily be carried forward into this game, of course.
Their prior results show that Crusaders:
- haven't been beaten by Carrick Rangers when having played them away from home in the previous 5 matches in the league. A very decent away record against them.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head meetings stretching back to 06/02/2018 shows that Carrick Rangers have won 1 of them & Crusaders 4, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
A combined total of 20 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 6 of them for The Gers and 14 netted by The Hatchetmen. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.33.
The previous league game featuring the two was Premiership match day 29 on 06/04/2021 when it ended Carrick Rangers 1-1 Crusaders.
The match was refereed by Shane Andrews.
Team News: Carrick Rangers
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just a single fitness concern for the Carrick Rangers gaffer Stuart King to contend with due to a largely intact group of players. Lee McNulty (Ankle Injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Crusaders
Thanks to a fully healthy squad to choose from, the Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter does not have any fitness worries at all before this match.
In this match, Carrick Rangers should get enough chances to find the net against this Crusaders team, but one goal might not quite be enough to give them the result that they want.
We are therefore anticipating a 1-2 advantage for Crusaders after 90 minutes. Let’s just see how this one goes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena (6,000)
Captain: Mark Surgenor
Chairman: Peter Clarke
Manager: Stuart King
Competitions: Premiership position 6
🔑 Star Player: Daniel Kelly
Customarily taking up the Centre Midfield position, Daniel Kelly was born in Belfast, N. Ireland. After having played his first senior match for Carrick Rangers in the 2015 - 2016 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has bagged 3 league goals in the Premiership 2021 - 2022 season to date in a total of 5 appearances.