CARRICK RANGERS V COLERAINE
Carrick Rangers will be looking for another win after the 1-0 Premiership success vs Warrenpoint Town.
At least three goals per game were recorded in 5 of the past 6 fixtures where Carrick Rangers have participated. Opposition teams scored 17 of them in this period while Carrick Rangers managed to get a total of 7. Such a trend won’t necessarily follow through into this game, of course.
Coming into this fixture, Carrick Rangers have not won against Coleraine in their previous 10 matches in the league.
After being defeated in their last game at the hands of Cliftonville in Premiership action, Coleraine will be hoping to turn things around here.
For Coleraine, the scorers were Stephen O'Donnell (81' Own goal) and Aaron Traynor (88'). Joe Gormley (79') was the scorer for Cliftonville.
Proving their involvement in eventful matches, goals have been seen as many as 20 times in the prior six games in which Coleraine have taken to the pitch, yielding an average of 3.33 goals for each meeting. Opposition teams have managed 12 of those goals.
Prediction: Both teams to score
CLIFTONVILE V GLENTORAN
Cliftonville will be looking for a repeat result of the 2-1 Premiership success vs Coleraine.
The only scorer from Cliftonville was Joe Gormley (79'). Stephen O'Donnell (81' Own goal) and Aaron Traynor (88') scored for Coleraine.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games where Cliftonville have kept a clean sheet. In fact, Cliftonville have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 8 goals in the process. Previous results aside, we’ll just have to find out if that trend will continue on in this game or not.
Coming into this clash, Cliftonville are undefeated in their last 2 home league matches.
Glentoran head into the clash following on from a 2-3 Premiership win in the defeat of Dungannon Swifts in their previous fixture.
For Glentoran, the goals were scored by Robbie McDaid (8'), Conor McMenamin (50') and Ruaidhrí Donnelly (85'). Cahal McGinty (21') and Ben Gallagher (90') scored for Dungannon Swifts.
For 5 of the prior 6 games featuring Glentoran, a notably low volume of goals have been hit between them and their opponents. The overall average number of goals per game in that period is a mere 2.33, with the average goals for The Glens standing at 1.17.
Going into this encounter, Glentoran have not been beaten in their last 6 league matches away from home.
Prediction: Both teams to score
PORTADOWN V LARNE
Portadown will be wanting a better result here after the 4-0 Premiership defeat in their last game at the hands of Crusaders.
Paul Heatley (32'), Johnny McMurray (56'), Billy Joe Burns (61') and Ben Kennedy (66') scored for Crusaders.
It has been all too rare in recent times where Portadown have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Portadown have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 16 goals during that time. We shall soon find out if that trend will end up being sustained here.
Larne go into this meeting following on from a 4-2 Premiership win with the defeat of Coleraine in their most recent fixture.
For Larne, goals were scored by Kofi Balmer (32'), David McDaid (72'), Ben Doherty (87') and Lee Lynch (90'). Aaron Traynor (51') and Matthew Shevlin (67') scored for Coleraine.
During their six latest matches, Tiernan Lynch's Larne have managed to stick the ball in the net a total of 9 times, yielding them a goals scored per game average of 1.5.
Ahead of this meeting, Larne are undefeated in their last 3 away league matches.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
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