|Cliftonville Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 3rd Dec, 2021 at 10:36|
|BALLYMENA United travel to Solitude to face Cliftonville in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday afternoon.|
|The last time the sides met was at the Ballymena Showgrounds in October, the Sky Blues running out 1-0 winners thanks to a superb goal for Kenneth Kane set up by an excellent long pass from Ryan Waide.|
|Recent results v Cliftonville (all league unless stated):|
Ballymena United 1-0 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 23rd October 2021. Att: 1246
Ballymena United 1-1 Cliftonville, Ballymena Showgrounds, 2nd March 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Cliftonville 2-1 Ballymena United, Solitude, 23rd February 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Cliftonville 0-4 Ballymena United, Solitude, 24th November 2020. Att: 346
Since the meeting in October, the Reds have remained top of the table with 4 wins, 2 draws and a single defeat. Their last 3 league games has seen them drop points with defeat to Linfield and draws with Coleraine and Larne, all away from home. They sit on 34 points after 16 games, 2 ahead of champions Linfield who have a game in hand.
They host Linfield in the semi-finals of the Toals Co Antrim Shield next Tuesday evening, and Ballymena United in the semi-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup the following Tuesday evening.
In the same period United have managed to win 3 league games and lose 3, leaving them sitting 7th in the table with 19 points, a point ahead of Carrick Rangers with a game in hand.
As mentioned above, the Sky Blues travel to Solitude on Tuesday 14th December to face Cliftonville in the semi-finals of the BetMcLean League Cup.
|Referee: Ross Dunlop. Assistant 1: Gareth Eakin. Assistant 2: Gavin Hegarty. 4th Official: Neil Robinson.|
Admission of £12 for adults and £8 for concessions is payable at the cash turnstiles.
The match kicks off at 3:00pm.
|With a slight dip in form over the past 3 games, and having already defeated Cliftonville this season, the Braidmen will go into the game with high hopes, even though the bookies odds tell a different story. Make your way to Solitude on Saturday afternoon and be loud and proud in support of YOUR team - Come On Sky Blues!|
|Match Preview by Paul Irwin|
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