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Linfield Match Preview
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BALLYMENA United host Linfield in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last time the sides met was at the National Stadium in January, the home side running out 2-0 thanks to goals from Mark Stafford and Andrew Waterworth.
Roy Carroll gets to grips with Joe McKinney in January
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Latest results v Linfield (all league unless stated):
Linfield 2-0 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 21st January 2017. Att: 2364
Linfield 2-1 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 17th December 2016. Att: 2169
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
The players celebrate after Johnny McMurray scored during the third round of the NIFL League Cup defeat of Linfield
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Linfield have managed to pull back to sit just a single point behind Crusaders in the league, and will also appear in the Tennent's Irish Cup Final against Coleraine in May. Having won their last 7 games, they'll prove to be nothing short of formidable opposition.
Ballymena United:
While the Blues have been on a winning run of 7 games, United have won only 2, losing 4 and drawing 1, and now sit just 4 points ahead of 6th placed Glenavon. While the aim of the season was to finish in the top six, the Braidmen have achieved this, and more, by winning the NIFL League Cup. While form has been poor recently, United still stand a chance of qualifying for European competition next season, but know a tough task lies ahead of them.
Match Officials:
Referee: Arnold Hunter. Assistant 1: Paul Robinson. Assistant 2: Adrian Sobieski. 4th Official: Keith Kennedy.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
The Sky Blues will need to put in the tremendous performance which we all know they're capable of to stand a chance of beating Linfield. Make your way to the Showgrounds and lend your loud and proud support to the lads as they try to secure an important win!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin