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Crusaders Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United travel to Belfast on Saturday afternoon to face Crusaders at Seaview in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The last time the sides met was in October when United ran out 2-1 winners thanks to a first half Tony Kane penalty and an 89th minute own goal by Colin Coates, sub keeper Ben McCauley coming on in the 75th minute after Ross Glendinning had been sent off for handling the ball outside the penalty area.
Substitute keeper Ben McCauley made several crucial saves when he came on after Ross Glendinning's dismissal
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Latest results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-1 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 15th October 2016. Att: 1490
Crusaders 6-0 Ballymena United, Seaview, 6th August 2016. Att: 1479
Crusaders 0-0 Ballymena United, Seaview, 12th March 2016. Att: 1239
Crusaders 3-2 Ballymena United, Seaview, 28th November 2015. Att: 1278
Crusaders 0-2 Ballymena United, Seaview, 17th October 2015. (Toals Co Antrim Shield QF)
Ballymena United 2-4, Showgrounds, 3rd October 2015. Att: 1173
Since their league defeat at the hands of Linfield on New Years Eve, Crusaders remained unbeaten in all competitions until Tuesday night when they lost 3-1 to Linfield in the final of the Toals Co Antrim Shield. They've beaten Ards away, Glentoran away, Cliftonville at home and Glenavon away in the Danske Bank Premiership and remain top of the league, 7 points ahead of Linfield. They've also progressed to the quarter-final of the Tennent's Irish Cup thanks to wins at home over Ards and PSNI. Paul Heatley will miss the game after being sent off on Tuesday night, and Declan Caddell is also suspended for the game.
Ballymena United:
Since the defeat away to Ards on New Years Eve, Ballymena United have beaten Dungannon Swifts and Carrick Rangers at home, lost to Glenavon at home and Linfield away in the league, and sit in 5th place in the league, a single point behind Coleraine. United have also progressed to the quarter-final of the Tennent's Irish Cup where they will face Coleraine at home, thanks to wins at home to Cliftonville and away to Harland & Wolff Welders. Possibly injuries aside, United have no players suspended for this game against the league champions.
Away Fans Transport:
Seven Towers Ballymena United Supporters Club bus leaves Henry Street at 2:00pm.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ross Dunlop. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Ken Ross. 4th Official: Lee Tavinder.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
Manager Stephen Baxter will want his team to bounce back from their midweek Toals Co Antrim Shield Final defeat at the hands of Linfield, while David Jeffrey will realise the importance of this game in United's race to finish in the top six this season. Make your way to Seaview and help cheer the Sky Blues on to victory - your support, as always, is highly appreciated. Come on Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin