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Saturday 21st October v. Glenavon (away) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Crusaders Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 21st Apr, 2017 at 12:47

BALLYMENA United host Crusaders in their penultimate Danske Bank Premiership game of the season on Saturday afternoon.
After an opening day 6-0 hammering by the Crues at Seaview, both teams have won their home games against each other 2-1, the latest a victory for Crusaders in February.
Recent results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 11th February 2017. Att: 1294
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
Tony Kane scored his 8th penalty of the season in the 2-1 win at the Showgrounds in October
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Crusaders:
Crusaders are in a battle against Linfield to secure the league championship and, after losing to Linfield at the National Stadium in early April, have since won their last two games 3-2, first with an away win over North Belfast rivals Cliftonville then with a home win over Coleraine on Tuesday night. Their last two games are crucial as they sit in first place, a single point ahead of the Blues.
Ballymena United:
Having been on a poor run of form over recent weeks, United finally got their first win in six with an excellent second half display at home to Cliftonville on Tuesday night resulting in a 4-1 victory, goals coming from Kyle Owens, Johnny McMurray (2) and Cathair Friel. United sit 5th in the table, 3 points behind Cliftonville and 6 ahead of Glenavon with two games left.
Match Officials:
Referee: Tim Marshall. Assistant 1: David Anderson. Assistant 2: Paul Robinson. 4th Official: Arnold Hunter.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm
This is a huge match for both teams as Crusaders try to keep their noses ahead of Linfield in the title race, and United try to ensure they finish above Glenavon and secure a home tie in the play-offs for a Europa League place. There's also the slim possibility of overtaking Cliftonville and grabbing 4th in the league table. Make your way to the Showgrounds and, as always, your vocal support would be greatly appreciated by the team!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin