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Saturday 14th December v. Dungannon Swifts (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Linfield Match Preview
Uploaded Monday, 25th Nov, 2019 at 15:11

BALLYMENA United host champions Linfield in the Danske Bank Premiership at the Showgrounds on Tuesday evening.
The sides last met in October, Linfield running out 2-1 winners thanks to a brace from Joel Cooper, a 90th minute own goal from Jimmy Callacher providing scant consolation for United.
Latest results v Linfield:
Linfield 2-1 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 29th October 2019. Att: 2292
Ballymena United 0-1 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 5th April 2019. Att: 2482
Linfield 1-0 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 23rd February 2019. Att: 2747
Ballymena United 0-1 Linfield, National Stadium, 16th February 2019. (BetMcLean League Cup Final)
Ballymena United 1-2 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 8th January 2019. (Toals Co Antrim Shield semi-final)
Ballymena United 2-1 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 1st December 2018. Att: 2319
Linfield 2-1 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 29th September 2018. Att: 2157
Linfield:
Last season, Linfield beat Ballymena United to the league title by 7 points, winning 3 out of the 4 league meetings between the sides, beat United 1-0 in the final of the BetMcLean League Cup and knocked them out of the Toals Co Shield with a 2-1 victory at the semi-final stage. All the games seen the sides separated by a single goal.

This season Linfield had a great run in European competition, meaning the original fixture which was due to be played in August was postponed until now. The Blues currently sit 8 points behind joint leaders Coleraine and Cliftonville with 3 games in hand over both. They've reached the semi-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup with wins over Ballinamallard United, Dungannon Swifts and Cliftonville, and were knocked out of the Toals Co Antrim Shield in a penalty shootout by Cliftonville after beating East Belfast 5-1 in the 1st round.
Ballymena United:
After beating Harland & Wolff Welders 4-0 in the semi-final of the Toals Co Antrim Shield, the Sky Blues returned to league action on Saturday, coming away with a 1-1 draw at home to Institute. With 4 wins, 5 draws and 7 defeats in the Danske Bank Premiership this season, United sit 7th in the table with Carrick Rangers just 2 points behind.
Information for both sets of supporters:
For entrance and exit arrangements, please read this article.
Match Officials:
Referee: Ian McNabb. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Mark O'Brien. 4th Official: Peter McGrath.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
Linfield were defeated 1-0 by Glenavon at Mourneview Park at the weekend, while Ballymena United and Institute drew 1-1 at Ballymena Showgrounds. It'll be an incredibly tough task with Linfield chasing another title and United chasing a top 6 finish so we urge you to 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