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Glenavon will be visiting Seaview on Saturday for the Premiership tie with hosts Crusaders.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Crusaders v Glenavon match are shown here (plus the best game odds).
Crusaders will be looking for a repeat result of the 2-1 Premiership triumph versus Ballymena United.
For Crusaders, the scorers were Jamie McGonigle (43') and Paul Heatley (46'). Joe McCready (12') scored for Ballymena United.
Crusaders have been on a persistent run of goalscoring form, netting every time they’ve gone out to play in their last 6 matches.
They have claimed a sum of 8 during that period while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 10. That aside, we must now wait to see whether that pattern shall be maintained in this upcoming game or not.
Heading into this contest, Crusaders have not won against Glenavon in their last 3 matches in the league.
Glenavon head into the clash following a 1-2 Premiership win with the downing of Dungannon Swifts in their most recent fixture.
The only name on the scoresheet from Glenavon was Conor McCloskey (19'). Matthew Smyth (84') was the scorer for Dungannon Swifts.
In their previous six outings, Glenavon have helped themselves to a total of 11 goals. The Lurgan Blues have also not failed to score on each one of those occasions. Over that period, they have had 11 goals go into their own net.
Analysis of their past results shows that Glenavon:
- have not beaten Crusaders when having played them away from home in the previous 4 league games. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking over their prior head-to-head clashes going back to 22/02/2019 tells us that Crusaders have won 1 of these games and Glenavon 3, with the number of draws standing at 2.
In all, 21 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 9 of them for The Hatchetmen and 12 for The Lurgan Blues. That’s an average goals per game of 3.5.
The previous league clash between the two was Premiership match day 8 on 28/11/2020 when it ended Glenavon 3-1 Crusaders.
The referee was Ian McNabb.
Team News: Crusaders
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter will be thankful to have no fitness concerns at all coming into this game owing to a fully healthy group to pick from.
Team News: Glenavon
Due to a mostly healthy group, there’s only the sole fitness worry for the Glenavon gaffer Gary Hamilton to be concerned about. Sammy Clingan (Knee Surgery) won’t be playing here.
For this match, we think that Crusaders will probably be able to create a good number of chances & successful shots on target.
At the other end, Glenavon may well struggle to make a breakthrough although we do think that they will probably end up being dangerous for periods.
Our tip is for a pretty comfortable 3-1 win for Crusaders come full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Seaview (3,208)
Chairman: Ronnie Millar
Manager: Stephen Baxter
Competitions: Premiership position 4
🔑 Key Player: Jordan Owens
Customarily used in the Striker position, Jordan Owens was born in N. Ireland. Having played his first senior match for Crusaders in the 2011 - 2012 season, the accomplished Forward has netted 6 league goals in this Premiership 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 17 appearances.