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Linfield Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 16th Dec, 2016 at 12:47

BALLYMENA United travel to Belfast to face Linfield in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met resulted in a 4-1 win for Linfield at the Showgrounds in November. United did have the measure of the Blues in the third round of the Northern Ireland League Cup in the previous month though, running out 4-1 winners.
Cathair Friel and Willie Faulkner celebrate a goal in the 4-1 win over Linfield in October
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Latest results v Linfield (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 1-4 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 8th November 2016. Att: 1631
Ballymena United 4-1 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th October 2016 (Northern Ireland League Cup Round 3). Att: N/A
Ballymena United 0-4 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 23rd January 2016. Att: 1702
Linfield 2-3 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 12th January 2016 (Toals Co Antrim Shield Final). Att: N/A
Linfield 2-1 (AET) Ballymena United, National Stadium, 9th January 2016 (Tennent's Irish Cup Round 5). Att: N/A
Ballymena United 1-3 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 19th Demember 2015. Att: 1569
Linfield 4-0 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 8th August 2015. Att: 2120
It was a disappointing night in November when Linfield turned the previous result on it's head, winning 4-1 at the Showgrounds
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Since the last meeting of the sides, Linfield have been on an excellent run, losing only one league game and winning 4, moving them up into 2nd place in the league, 6 above United. Their last outing seen them defeat Ards at Bangor Fuels Arena.
Ballymena United:
In the same period United have dropped 3 points on Linfield with 3 league wins and 2 defeats, leaving the Sky Blues in 4th place in the league, 5 points behind Cliftonville. United's first cup final under the management of David Jeffrey was secured on Tuesday night with an extra-time win over Coleraine at Ballymena Showgrounds in the Northern Ireland League Cup.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 1:45pm.
PSNI Information:
Please read the advice issued by the PSNI here.
Match Officials:
Referee: Lee Tavinder. Assistant 1: Adrian Sobieski. Assistant 2: Jarlath McElholm. 4th Official: Chris Morrison.
Match Information:
Admission is strictly by ticket only. Tickets can be bought from Stirling Trophies, 37 Queen Street, Ballymena during business hours, and from Davy McCaig (078 4916 2945). No tickets will be available to buy at the ground.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
It's back to league action and David Jeffrey will have advised his players to forget about Tuesday night and the upcoming final and concentrate on this game. As always we'd love to see a large and loud travelling support, so get your hands on a ticket and make your way to the National Stadium to cheer on the Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin