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Linfield will visit Seaview on Saturday for the Premiership fixture with home team Crusaders.
Our Crusaders v Linfield predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Crusaders will be looking for another win after a 1-2 Premiership triumph over Loughgall.
For Crusaders, the scorers were Ross Clarke (62') and Paul Heatley (93'). Pablo Andrade (73') scored for Loughgall.
It’s not been often in recent games where Crusaders have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Crusaders have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 6 goals during that time.
Pre-game facts show that Crusaders:
- have not registered a win against Linfield in their last 2 league matches.
- are without a home win in the past 2 league games.
Since a loss in their previous game against Larne in Premiership competition, Linfield and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
The only scorer from Linfield was Joel Cooper (15'). Mark Randall (24') and Joe Thomson (55') scored for Larne.
In their last 6 outings, Linfield have bagged the sum of 14 goals. Linfield have also scored in every single one of those games. In that time, they have had 4 goals go against them. We will just have to find out if that trend will end up being sustained here.
Their prior results show that Linfield:
- have not registered a win against Crusaders when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 4 league matches away from home.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings stretching back to 19/04/2022, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with Crusaders winning 2 of those games, Linfield 2 and 2 being drawn in regulation time.
10 goals were scored between them in these games, with 5 of them for The Hatchetmen and 5 for The Blues. The average goals per game has been 1.67.
The last league fixture between these sides was Premiership match day 7 on 26/09/2023 which finished with the scoreline of Linfield 2-0 Crusaders.
The match was refereed by Lee Tavinder.
Team News: Crusaders
Looking at personnel, there is just one fitness concern for the Crusaders gaffer Stephen Baxter to be concerned about from an otherwise complete group of players. Jimmy Callacher (Cruciate ligament tear) is out of contention.
Team News: Linfield
Linfield boss David Healy has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Robbie McDaid (Cruciate ligament injury) and Jordan Stewart (Knock) can’t be considered.
When taking everything into account, Crusaders will need to push hard to find the net against this Linfield outfit who we reckon should get a goal themselves and run out victorious.
Therefore, we predict a very even match with a 0-1 winning score for Linfield when the referee blows for full-time.
Should be a close one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Seaview (3,208)
Captain: Billy Burns
Chairman: Ronnie Millar
Manager: Stephen Baxter
Competitions: Premiership position 4
🔑 Star Man: Adam Lecky
Usually used in the Striker position, Adam Lecky was born in N. Ireland. After having made a senior debut playing for Ballinamallard United in the 2015 - 2016 season, the accomplished Forward has scored a sum of 5 league goals in the Premiership 2023 - 2024 campaign to date from a total of 15 appearances.