|Linfield Match Preview|
|Uploaded Friday, 14th Jan, 2022 at 11:41|
|BALLYMENA United travel to Belfast on Saturday afternoon to face league leaders Linfield in the Danske Bank Premiership.|
|The last time the sides met was in December, Linfield running out 1-0 winners at home thanks to a single goal from Christy Manzinga late in a battling game.|
|Latest results v Linfield:|
Linfield 1-0 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 21st December 2021. Att: 2019
Ballymena United 3-1 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 9th November 2021. (BetMcLean League Cup Round Quarter-Final)
Ballymena United 0-3 Linfield, Mourneview Park, 18th May 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Linfield 2-1 Ballymena United, National Stadium, 17th April 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 2-1 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 23rd March 2021. Att: Behind Closed Doors
Ballymena United 2-3 Linfield, Ballymena Showgrounds, 24th October 2020. Att: 600
After the last meeting between the sides, the Blues have played 4 games, drawing with Glentoran on Boxing Day (+1), beating Dungannon Swifts 6-1 away in the league followed by hammering Oxford Sunnyside 4-0 at home in the 1st Round of the Samuel Gelston's Whiskey Irish Cup. They currently sit top of the table, 2 points clear of Cliftonville.
They suffered a 1-0 defeat to Larne in the final of the Toals Co Antrim Shield on Tuesday evening, a goal from Tomas Cosgrove enough for the Invermen to retain the trophy.
Since the defeat to Linfield in December, United have played and won 3 games in a row, and now sit 6th in the table, 5 behind Crusaders who have a game in hand.
A few changes are expected in the line-up as United will be without Jude Winchester, who has moved to Crusaders, but the squad has been bolstered by the signings of Michael Place from Galway United and Kym Nelson from Ards.
|Ballymena United fans can purchase tickets online now at https://www.linfieldfc.com/buytickets-awaysupportersales.aspx?id=62 at a price of £12 for adults and £8 for concessions.|
|Linfield TV will be streaming the match at 247.tv.|
|Referee: Shane Andrews. Assistant 1: Stephen Donaldson. Assistant 2: Jamie Carnduff. 4th Official: Jamie Robinson.|
|The match kicks off at 3:00pm.|
|With both sides having won their respective home games between each other this season, anything could happen, and probably will. Make your way to The National Stadium 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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