Crusaders vs Ballymena United Prediction 14.11.2022

Crusaders

Crusaders

0 : 1

Ballymena United

Ballymena United

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  • Competition: Northern Ireland - NIFL Premiership
  • Date: Monday, 14th, November 2022
  • Kickoff: 19:45 UK/20.45 CET
  • Venue: Seaview (Belfast)

After a mixed start to the season, Crusaders have drastically raised their form to a high level in recent weeks, picking up four triumphs from their last five games. Namely, The Hatchetmen managed to quickly "recover" after the slap they suffered last weekend when they lost to Larne (1-4), as they achieved a 2-1 triumph over Coleraine in mid-week. With that victory, they returned to the third position in the table and now have 29 points.

Meanwhile, Ballymena have reached the point where the fight for mid-table is their reality. Although there is progress in their form in recent weeks, still Ballymena cannot be said to have been reborn. The popular "Sky Blues" are in the lower part of the table, more precisely in 9th place with 14 collected points so far this term. Last weekend, Ballymena suffered a defeat against Newry City in the last seconds of the match, which was their second defeat in their last three.

Crusaders vs Ballymena United Betting Tips: Home/Over 2.5

The Crusaders justified their role as favorites, demonstrated their strength on the field and routinely beat Ballymena (3-0) in the first clash of the season, so this time nothing else is expected but a big victory for the hosts.

The Crues will be confident ahead of the match with Ballymena, given that they have beaten them and scored at least two goals in each of their previous four league clashes, so it seems that a new victory in front of the door!

Crusaders currently carry the epithet of the best home team in the NIFL Premiership. They achieved six triumphs from seven home games, with one draw, so it can rightly be said that "Seaview" is an impregnable fortress.

The Crues have really great offensive potential, so it's no wonder that they have the best attack in the league with 31 goals scored. It should be noted that each of their six domestic triumphs contained at least three goals.

Ballymena, meanwhile, have consistently struggled with their away form this season. With just one point from their previous five games on the road, The Sky Blues have nothing to hope for in Belfast.

Poor form on the road could be a big problem for Ballymena as they play the title contenders on Monday. Bookmakers recognized this and deservedly awarded them the epithet of a big outsider. We believe that The Crues will dominate the full 90 minutes and achieve a convincing triumph.

Crusaders vs Ballymena United Head to Head (H2H) stats

  1. Crusaders

    0 : 1

    Ballymena United

    Premiership

  2. Crusaders

    3 : 0

    Ballymena United

    Premiership

  3. Ballymena United

    0 : 1

    Crusaders

    Premiership

  4. Crusaders

    2 : 1

    Ballymena United

    Premiership

  5. Ballymena United

    1 : 4

    Crusaders

    Premiership

Crusaders

Crusaders Team News

Standard right-back Chris Hegarty was forced to leave the field at the end of the first half against Coleraine last week with an injury. If he is unavailable here, he will be replaced by Lewis Barr.

25-year-old centre-forward Ben Kennedy suffered a knee injury at the beginning of the season, imore precisely in the second round, and he is still in the recovery room. His return is still unknown.

Last matches of Crusaders

  1. Linfield

    0 : 0

    Crusaders

    Premiership

  2. Crusaders

    4 : 0

    Newry City AFC

    Premiership

  3. Crusaders

    0 : 1

    Ballymena United

    Premiership

  4. Coleraine FC

    1 : 2

    Crusaders

    Premiership

  5. Larne

    4 : 1

    Crusaders

    Premiership

Crusaders lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 33

    Jonny Tuffey

Defenders

  • 2

    Billy Joe Burns

Midfielders

  • 15

    Jarlath O'Rourke

  • 7

    Philip Lowry

  • 19

    Jude Winchester

  • 14

    Jordan Forsythe

  • 25

    Ross Clarke

  • 24

    McCauley Snelgrove

Forwards

  • 20

    Daniel Larmour

  • 43

    Lewis Barr

  • 9

    Adam Lecky

Ballymena United

Ballymena United Team News

What pleases the visiting coach is the return of Dougie Wilson, Evan Tweed, Andy McGrory and Paul McElroy to the bench after recovering from injury, meaning any of the four could start.

Last matches of Ballymena United

  1. Carrick Rangers

    0 : 2

    Ballymena United

    Premiership

  2. Ballymena United

    0 : 2

    Linfield

    Premiership

  3. Crusaders

    0 : 1

    Ballymena United

    Premiership

  4. Newry City AFC

    3 : 2

    Ballymena United

    Premiership

  5. Ballymena United

    3 : 0

    Newry City AFC

    Premiership

Ballymena United lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 21

    Sean O'Neill

Defenders

  • 3

    Ross Redman

  • 5

    Scot Whiteside

  • 22

    Conor Keeley

Midfielders

  • 4

    Douglas Wilson

  • 2

    Kym Nelson

  • 8

    Joshua Kelly

  • 16

    Evan Tweed

Forwards

  • 7

    David McDaid

  • 30

    Mikey Place

  • 10

    Ryan Strain

4 Reasons why we expect Home/Over 2.5

  1. Each of Crusaders' six home victories featured at least three goals.
  2. Crusaders are the second most efficient team in the NIFL Premiership with an average of 3.6 goals per match.
  3. Crusaders has won and scored 2+ goals in each of their last four home wins against Ballymena.
  4. Ballymena has conceded at least three goals in four of their last five away games.

Main prediction Crusaders - Ballymena United

Home/Over 2.5

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Additional predictions

Crusaders & Ballymena United current standing in Premiership

Club P W D L
G - A
GD Pts
1 Larne 17 12 2 3 35 - 13 +22 38
2 Cliftonville 16 11 3 2 29 - 17 +12 36
3 Glentoran 15 11 2 2 30 - 5 +25 35
4 Crusaders 17 10 3 4 35 - 20 +15 33
5 Linfield 17 10 3 4 29 - 15 +14 33
6 Coleraine 17 8 3 6 28 - 17 +11 27
7 Carrick Rangers 17 7 1 9 25 - 32 -7 22
8 Glenavon 17 5 5 7 31 - 30 +1 20
9 Ballymena United 16 6 2 8 20 - 25 -5 20
10 Newry City AFC 17 5 0 12 19 - 35 -16 15
11 Dungannon Swifts 17 2 1 14 9 - 41 -32 7
12 Portadown 17 0 1 16 4 - 44 -40 1

Crusaders vs Ballymena United - FAQ

? Where to watch?
The match between these teams will be broadcast on Sky Sports Football (UK/Irl)
? Who is Crusaders' player to watch?
Philip Lowry is currently the top scorer in the NIFL Premiership with 10 goals scored. He will once again lead the attack from his team.
? Who is Ballymena's player to watch?
David McDaid, with four goals scored, is his team's leading scorer in this year's edition of the NIFL Premiership.