LINFIELD V BALLYMENA
Linfield will be looking for another win after the 0-1 Premiership success over Larne.
Linfield haven’t had any problems with scoring, hitting the target in one hundred percent of their last 6 games.
They have hit an aggregate of 10 during that time while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 2. That trend won’t necessarily be carried forward here, however.
Going into this one, Linfield have not been beaten in their last 8 league matches at home. Visiting teams have certainly not had an easy time of it here.
Ballymena United come into this encounter following a 0-2 Premiership win against Dungannon Swifts in their most recent outing.
A sequence of steadfast performances from the Ballymena United defenders has resulted in their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 4 from their last 6 clashes overall. Over that same period of time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 8.
Prediction: Over 1.5 Goals
DUNGANNON V WARRENPOINT
Dungannon Swifts will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 0-2 Premiership defeat in their last game at the hands of Ballymena United.
Kenneth Kane (22') and Paul McElroy (94') scored for Ballymena United.
A common trait of recent Dungannon Swifts games is the number of nil scores.
Taking their previous six clashes before this one, in 5 of them a bet on BTTS would have lost.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Portadown in Premiership competition, Warrenpoint Town and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
Adam Salley (68') scored for Portadown.
The numbers tell their own story, and Warrenpoint Town have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 11 goals in total. Defensively, Warrenpoint Town seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly. We shall soon find out whether or not that trend will end up being sustained into this next match.
Prediction: Both teams to score
MELBOURNE CITY V WESTERN SYDNEY
Melbourne City prepare for this fixture following on from a 2-2 A-League tied result vs Melbourne Victory.
In that game, Melbourne City managed 58% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 5 on target. For Melbourne City, the goals were scored by Jamie Maclaren (60') and Andrew Nabbout (63'). On the other side, Melbourne Victory had 12 shots on goal with 6 on target. Francesco Margiotta (12') and Nick D'Agostino (81') scored for Melbourne Victory.
It has been all too rare in recent times that Melbourne City have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Melbourne City have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 7 goals during that time. In any event, we must now wait to see whether that trend might be maintained in this upcoming game.
Ahead of this meeting, Melbourne City haven't been beaten in the league by Western Sydney Wanderers in their last 4 games.
After a losing effort in their last game against Central Coast Mariners in A-League action, Western Sydney Wanderers and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Western Sydney Wanderers had 61% possession and 15 shots on goal with 3 on target. Central Coast Mariners had 13 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Cy Goddard (59') and Oliver Bozanić (97') scored for Central Coast Mariners.
In the course of their 6 latest matches, Carl Robinson's Western Sydney Wanderers have found the back of the net 6 times thus yielding them a goals scored per game average of 1.
Going into this contest, Western Sydney Wanderers haven't won against Melbourne City in away games against them for the last 7 matches in the league. Not good at all.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
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