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Cliftonville take on visiting club Crusaders at Solitude in the Premiership game on Saturday.
View all of the Cliftonville v Crusaders predictions, poll and stats below - plus the latest match odds.
Cliftonville will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following the 0-3 Premiership success versus Carrick Rangers.
For Cliftonville, goals were scored by Rory Hale (17'), Ronan Hale (68') and Stephen Mallon (83').
Their most recent results show that not much more can be done by the Cliftonville rearguard. Cliftonville have been mean at the back, seeing the total number of goals that have gone in at their end over the course of their previous 6 matches standing at 4. That sort of pattern might not be carried forward into this match, though.
Heading into this contest, Cliftonville haven't lost in the league to Crusaders in their previous 3 matches.
Crusaders come into this clash following a 1-2 Premiership win with the downing of Loughgall in their previous match.
For Crusaders, the goalscorers were Ross Clarke (62') and Paul Heatley (93'). Pablo Andrade (73') was the scorer for Loughgall.
The numbers tell their own story, and Crusaders have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 6 goals overall. Defensively, Crusaders have not been doing too well.
Their previous form shows that Crusaders:
- have not emerged victorious against Cliftonville in away games against them for the last 3 matches in the league.
- haven't been beaten by Cliftonville when they've played them away from home in the last 2 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 4 away league matches.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings stretching back to 23/04/2022, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with Cliftonville winning 1 of those games, Crusaders 1 and 4 being draws in normal time.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 22 in all at an average of 3.67 goals per match.
The last league fixture featuring these clubs was Premiership match day 8 on 18/09/2023 when the final score was Crusaders 0-3 Cliftonville.
The match was refereed by Tony Clarke.
Team News: Cliftonville
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just a single fitness concern for the Cliftonville boss Jim Magilton to be concerned about from an otherwise complete group of players. Ryan Curran (Groin injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Crusaders
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter has a number of players out of action. Jimmy Callacher (Cruciate ligament tear) and Rory McKeown (Knee injury) are not ready for selection.
We’ve got the feeling that Crusaders may not find it easy to breach the defence of this Cliftonville side who we reckon will emerge victorious.
We’re therefore anticipating a good battle with a 1-0 winning margin for Cliftonville at the end of the 90.
Little in this one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Solitude (3,054)
Captain: Chris Curran
Chairman: Paul McKeown
Manager: Jim Magilton
Competitions: Premiership position 3
🔑 Star Man: Ben Wilson
Typically taking up the Striker position, Ben Wilson was born in N. Ireland. After having made a senior debut playing for Cliftonville in the 2023 - 2024 season, the gifted Forward has bagged 13 league goals in this Premiership 2023 - 2024 campaign so far from a total of 17 appearances.