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Saturday 24th April v. Coleraine (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

Linfield MATCH REPORT

Crusaders Match Preview
Uploaded Thursday, 1st Apr, 2021 at 15:40

BALLYMENA United host Crusaders in the Danske Bank Premiership on Friday evening.
The latest meeting between the sides was at Seaview in February, United losing 2-1 with Joseph McCready putting the Sky Blues ahead before goals from Jamie McGonigle and Paul Heatley either side of half-time gave the Crues the lead.
Recent results v Crusaders (all league unless stated):
Crusaders 2-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 20th February 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 1-4 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 7th November 2020. Att: 600
Crusaders 2-0 Ballymena United, Seaview, 25th January 2020. Att: 1121
Crusaders 0-1 Ballymena United, Seaview, 7th December 2019. Att: 989
Ballymena United 1-1 (1-2 aet) Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 29th October 2019. (BetMcLean League Cup Quarter-Final)
Ballymena United 1-1 (1-1 aet 3-2 pens) Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 15th October 2019. (Toals Co. Antrim Shield Quarter-Final)
Ballymena United 1-1 Crusaders, Ballymena Showgrounds, 12th October 2019. Att: 1423
Crusaders:
In their 8 games since beating United in February, Crusaders have won just 2 games, losing 6 which includes their last 4, most recently losing to an injury time winner from Jay Donnelly against Glentoran on Tuesday evening.
Ballymena United:
Now 10 games unbeaten, Ballymena United have won their last 3 games, all at home, most recently defeating Carrick Rangers 2-0 on Tuesday evening. This has moved the Sky Blues up to 4th in the league, 3 points ahead of Crusaders having played the same number of games, and 3 points behind Glentoran, who have 2 games in hand.
Where to watch:
The game is being streamed live on the BBC Sport NI website and BBC iPlayer.
Match Officials:
Referee: Lee Tavinder. Assistant 1: Stephen Bell. Assistant 2: Gavin Hegarty. 4th Official: Declan Hassan.
Match Information:
No fans will be admitted to Seaview because of current Covid-19 restrictions.

Kick off is 7:30pm.
Crusaders always provide stiff opposition no matter the venue, but their recent run of form suggests they're not firing on all cylinders, although they have plenty of players who can do damage. Tune into the action on the BBC Sport NI website or BBC iPlayer and support YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!
Match Preview by Paul Irwin