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Portadown will visit Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena on Saturday for the Premiership clash with home team Carrick Rangers.
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Carrick Rangers won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 0-3 Premiership loss in their previous game against Coleraine.
Conor McKendry (12') and Matthew Shevlin (48', 74') scored for Coleraine.
At least three goals per game have been seen in 5 of the past 6 fixtures where Carrick Rangers have been involved. Opposition teams scored 16 of them in these games whereas Carrick Rangers bagged a total of 7.
Ahead of this meeting, Carrick Rangers haven't beaten Portadown in their previous 2 matches in the league.
After being beaten in their last game against Linfield in Premiership action, Portadown and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
For Portadown, goals were scored by Ruairi Croskery (12') and Lee Bonis (45'). Christy Manzinga (23', 85') and Matt Green (68') scored for Linfield.
Portadown have had no problems opening up opposition defences in the lead-up to this encounter, scoring 11 goals in their last 6 matches. Having said that, Portadown can also improve defensively after being scored against in 6 of those same matches. We will just have to find out whether or not that trend will end up being sustained here.
Taking a look at their past results, Portadown:
- have not emerged victorious against Carrick Rangers when they've played them away from home in the last 4 matches in the league. They'll be keen to stop this run.
- are without a win away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head duels dating back to 08/04/2017, neither club has come out on top overall with Carrick Rangers winning 3 of those games, Portadown 3 and 0 being drawn in normal time.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 23 in total which averages out at 3.83 goals per match.
The previous league contest featuring these clubs was Premiership match day 3 on 15/05/2021 when it finished Portadown 2-1 Carrick Rangers.
The match was refereed by Ben McMaster.
Team News: Carrick Rangers
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the sole fitness concern for the Carrick Rangers gaffer Stuart King to contend with from a near full-strength set of players. Lee McNulty (Ankle Injury) is sidelined.
Team News: Portadown
Thanks to a fully injury-free squad available to select from, the Portadown manager Matthew Tipton has no fitness concerns to report before this match.
We envisage that Portadown and Carrick Rangers could both well score more than once here although it’s hard to see a clear-cut winner.
Looks like a high-scoring draw might be possible, as we’re expecting it to be that close. Therefore, we predict a very even contest with a 2-2 scoreline when the full-time whistle blows.
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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