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Friday 5th April v. Linfield (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 7:45pm

Linfield Match Preview
Uploaded Friday, 26th Jan, 2018 at 12:35

BALLYMENA United host Linfield in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The last meeting between the sides was in the league in November, United coming back from 1-0 down at half time to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Conor McCloskey and Johnny McMurray at the Showgrounds.
Latest results v Linfield (all league unless stated):
Ballymena United 2-1 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 20th November 2017. Att: 1921
Linfield 1-0 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 26th August 2017. Att: 1711
Ballymena United 0-2 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 25th April 2017. Att: 2280
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
Since the last meeting Linfield have lost 2-0 away to Crusaders in the BetMcLean League Cup quarter-final. In the league they have beat Coleraine 2-1 at home, Glenavon 1-0 away, Dungannon Swifts 1-0 at home, drawn 3-3 with Warrenpoint Town at home, beat Cliftonville 2-0 at home and Carrick Rangers 1-0 away. They've lost 2-1 away to Glentoran, 2-1 away to Crusaders and, last weekend 3-2 to Glenavon at home. They've also defeated Glebe Rangers 5-0 at home in the Tennent's Irish Cup.
Ballymena United:
In the same period United have beaten Ards 3-2 (aet) in the BetMcLean League Cup at the Showgrounds. They also beat Ards 3-0 at home to reach the final of the Toals Co Antrim Shield, which they lost 4-2 to Crusaders in their last game on Tuesday night. In the league they've beat Dungannon Swifts 2-1 at home, lost 1-0 away to Cliftonville, beat Ballinamallard United 2-1 at home, Carrick Rangers 3-1 at home, lost 2-1 against Crusaders at Seaview, drew 1-1 with Coleraine away, beat Glenavon 3-1 at home, Carrick Rangers 3-0 at home and lost 1-0 to Ards away. They've also swept past Moyola Park with a 4-0 win in the fifth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup to set up a home tie against Ballinamallard United next weekend.

Despite last weekends defeat by Ards, Ballymena United remain in sixth place in the league, 9 points behind fifth placed Linfield and 3 points ahead of 7th placed Glentoran.
Match Officials:
Referee: Steven Gregg. Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson. Assistant 2: Gavin Hegarty. 4th Official: Declan Hassan.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 3:00pm.
After being 3-0 down at half time on Tuesday night, the Sky Blues know they will need to be on the front foot from the start of tomorrow's game. After 9 straight wins at the Showgrounds, United will want to get back to form with a win, but Linfield always provide stiff opposition. Make your way to the Showgrounds and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin