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The Premiership fixture at Shamrock Park on Friday sees home side Portadown playing against Carrick Rangers.
Our tips, poll and stats for Portadown v Carrick Rangers can all be found here (inc. the best betting odds).
Portadown will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 4-1 Premiership loss in their previous game against Coleraine.
The only name on the scoresheet from Portadown was Gregory Moorhouse (12'). Rodney Brown (26'), Matthew Shevlin (36'), Conor McKendry (45') and Michael McCrudden (64') scored for Coleraine.
Over their prior six fixtures, Niall Currie's Portadown have found the net 6 times, with that being an average number of goals per match equal to 1.
Looking at their past form shows that Portadown:
- are winless against Carrick Rangers in their previous 6 league games.
- have not been beaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
Last time out, Carrick Rangers drew 3-3 in the Premiership tie with Cliftonville.
For Carrick Rangers, the goals were scored by David Cushley (30'), Kyle Cherry (51') and Lloyd Anderson (90'). Levi Ives (15'), Sean Moore (31') and Ronan Hale (45') scored for Cliftonville.
The stats don’t lie, and Carrick Rangers have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 14 goals in all. Defensively, Carrick Rangers certainly have room for improvement.
Analysis of their past results shows that Carrick Rangers:
- haven't been beaten by Portadown when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 league games.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 7 league matches.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head results stretching back to 18/09/2021 shows that these fixtures have been miserable for Portadown. They have not managed to get themselves any victories whatsoever whereas Carrick Rangers have managed to find a way, running out winners in 67 per cent of those games where they have faced each other.
18 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 4 of them from The Ports and 14 for The Gers. That’s an average goals per game of 3.
The last league fixture featuring the two was Premiership match day 16 on 19/11/2022 and the score finished Carrick Rangers 2-0 Portadown.
The match was refereed by Declan Hassan.
Team News: Portadown
The Portadown manager Niall Currie has a full complement, with no fitness concerns whatsoever before this match owing to a completely injury-free group available for selection.
Team News: Carrick Rangers
Due to a fully healthy squad available to choose from, the Carrick Rangers manager Stuart King doesn’t have any fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this clash.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Portadown could find themselves struggling to score goals against this Carrick Rangers outfit who we think should get a goal themselves and run out victorious.
Therefore, we predict a hard-fought 0-1 winning margin for Carrick Rangers at the conclusion of the game.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Shamrock Park (2,770)
Captain: Luke Wilson
Chairman: David Jameson
Manager: Niall Currie
Competitions: Premiership position 12, Irish Cup (Sixth Round)
🔑 Star Man: Gregory Moorhouse
Mostly taking to the field in the Striker position, Gregory Moorhouse was born in Rep. Ireland. After making a first senior appearance for Glenavon in the 2016 - 2017 season, the skilful Forward has contributed 2 league goals in the Premiership 2022 - 2023 campaign so far from a total of 8 appearances.