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The Premiership meeting at Seaview on Saturday sees hosts Crusaders prepare for the visit of opponents, Glentoran.
Our tips, poll and stats for Crusaders v Glentoran can all be found here - plus the latest betting odds.
Crusaders fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being a 0-2 Premiership victory versus Carrick Rangers.
For Crusaders, the goalscorers were Paul Heatley (69') and Ben Kennedy (76').
Stephen Baxter's Crusaders have found the net a sum total of 9 times over their preceding 6 outings. The tally of goals that have been scored against them in that time amounts to 6.
Glentoran will come into the game after a 4-0 Premiership win to defeat Ballymena United in their previous fixture.
For Glentoran, the scorers were Jay Donnelly (1', 45'), Conor McMenamin (71') and Ben Cushnie (91').
In their previous six clashes, Glentoran have amassed the sum of 13 goals. Glentoran have also scored on each one of those occasions. Over that period, they have seen 6 goals scored by their opponents. Having said that, we must now wait to see if that pattern shall persist in this next game.
Leading up to this clash, Glentoran:
- have left without a victory over Crusaders in games played away from home for the previous 16 league games. An unbelievably poor away record.
- are unbeaten in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 14/12/2019 shows us that Crusaders have won 3 of these games & Glentoran 2, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
A combined total of 11 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 7 for The Hatchetmen and 4 being from The Glens. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.83.
The last league meeting featuring these sides was Premiership match day 6 on 25/09/2021 which ended up with the score at Glentoran 0-3 Crusaders.
The match was refereed by Lee Tavinder.
Team News: Crusaders
The Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter will be grateful not to have any fitness worries at all ahead of this match thanks to a completely healthy squad available for selection.
Team News: Glentoran
Thanks to a fully injury-free group available for selection, the Glentoran manager Mick McDermott has no fitness worries to report before this game.
We’re of the opinion that Glentoran are dangerous enough to find the back of the net against this Crusaders side, however it probably won’t quite be enough to prevent defeat.
Our selection here is for a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 win for Crusaders when all is said and done. Should be an interesting one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Seaview (3,383)
Captain: Jordan Owens
Chairman: Ronnie Millar
Manager: Stephen Baxter
Competitions: Premiership position 6
⭐ Key Man: Ben Kennedy
Regularly taking to the field in the Striker position, Ben Kennedy was born in Belfast, N. Ireland. After having made a senior debut playing for Stevenage in the 2014 - 2015 season, the talented Forward has got 4 league goals in the Premiership 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in a total of 10 appearances.