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Linfield Match Preview
Uploaded Thursday, 13th Feb, 2020 at 10:46

BALLYMENA United are back in action on Friday evening when they host champions and league leaders Linfield at the Showgrounds in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The sides last met in late November, with goals from Kirk Millar and Ryan McGivern enough to give Linfield the win, despite a 29th minute consolation from Adam Lecky.
Latest results v Linfield:
Ballymena United 1-2 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 26th November 2019. Att: 1172
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
Despite some indifferent form this season, Linfield went back to the top of the table in their last game, a 2-1 win at Warrenpoint Town, leaving them sitting 4 points ahead of Coleraine and Glentoran, 5 ahead of Crusaders and 6 ahead of Cliftonville.

The Blues have strengthened in the winter transfer window, bringing in Kyle McClean (St Johnstone) and Ethan Boyle (Shamrock Rovers).
Ballymena United:
Despite beating Warrenpoint Town 2-1 at Milltown Playing Fields just under a fortnight ago in the 6th round of the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup, league form hasn't improved, with the Sky Blues now having lost 6 in a row, dropping down to 9th place, just 10 points clear of the bottom 2 with a game in hand.

United have brought in former player Kyle Owens on loan from Crusaders until the end of the season and added Joe McCready to their squad from Institute, while releasing Declan Carville, Shane McGinty, Ryan Mayse, and Fra Nolan.
Information for both sets of supporters:
All fans attending the game on Friday evening should read this article for entrance and exit arrangements.
Match Officials:
Referee: Tony Clarke. Assistant 1: Kristian Hanna. Assistant 2: Gavin Hegarty. 4th Official: Diarmuid Harrigan.
Match Information:
Admission is payable at the gate.

Kick off is 7:45pm.
It's hard to see past a Linfield side who are top of the table and United haven't beaten since December 2018, especially as the title is almost within their grasp. The Sky Blues, as always, will give it their all in an attempt to increase the gap below to the relegation play-off spot. Make your way to the Showgrounds on Friday evening and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin