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Crusaders make the trip to Stangmore Park on Saturday for the Premiership showdown with home side Dungannon Swifts.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Dungannon Swifts v Crusaders are shown below including the latest game odds.
Dungannon Swifts will be hoping to bounce back here following a 2-3 Irish Cup defeat last time out to Ballyclare Comrades.
For Dungannon Swifts, the scorers were Cahal McGinty (36') and Thomas Maguire (74'). Gary Donnelly (69') and Darius Roohi (85') scored for Ballyclare Comrades.
Dungannon Swifts can boast an impressive attacking record in recent times, lashing 18 goals past the opposition during the course of their previous 6 outings. In those meetings, Dungannon Swifts have also seen the aggregate sum of goals that have gone against them total 8. Nevertheless, we will just have to wait and see whether the trend will continue on in this upcoming match.
Coming into this contest, Dungannon Swifts have not beaten Crusaders in their previous 9 league games.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Glentoran in Premiership action, Crusaders and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
The only name on the scoresheet from Crusaders was Stewart Nixon (82'). David Fisher (10') and Bobby Burns (90') scored for Glentoran.
The stats tell the story, and Crusaders have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 7 goals in total. Defensively, Crusaders have clearly had some problems.
Leading up to this clash, Crusaders:
- remain unbeaten by Dungannon Swifts when they have played them away from home in the previous 5 league games. A solid away record against them.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 league games.
Head to head
Delving into their past head to head results going back to 13/08/2022 shows that these fixtures have not been good ones for Dungannon Swifts. They’ve not managed to get themselves any victories at all whereas Crusaders have maintained the edge over them, beating them in 100% of those match-ups.
A combined sum of 19 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 2 of them for The Swifts and 17 netted by The Hatchetmen. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.17.
The last league game between these clubs was Premiership match day 13 on 21/10/2023 when it finished Dungannon Swifts 1-4 Crusaders.
The match was refereed by Raymond Crangle.
Team News: Dungannon Swifts
Matthew Lusty (Broken collarbone), Niall Owens (Knock) and Rhyss Campbell (Knock) are unavailable for Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree.
Team News: Crusaders
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Jimmy Callacher (Cruciate ligament tear), Rory McKeown (Knee injury) and Josh Robinson (Cruciate ligament injury) are not ready for selection.
Our assessment here is that Dungannon Swifts will have to perform well to see themselves scoring against this Crusaders lineup who should score & stay on top.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a hard-fought 0-1 victory for Crusaders when all is said and done.
Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stangmore Park (5,000)
Captain: Chris Hegarty
Chairman: Keith Boyd
Manager: Rodney McAree
Competitions: Premiership position 10
🔑 Star Player: Ben Gallagher
Mostly played in the Striker position, Ben Gallagher was born in N. Ireland. After having played his first senior match for Dungannon Swifts in the 2022 - 2023 season, the talented Forward has got 8 league goals in this Premiership 2023 - 2024 campaign so far in 21 appearances.