Carrick Rangers will welcome Ballymena United to Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena for a matchday 24 fixture in Northern Ireland NIFL Premiership. The last meeting on 20th November 2021 ended in a Carrick Rangers 1-0 win. Both sides have met nineteen times in the most recent seasons. Carrick Rangers has won 4 matches, and Ballymena United triumphed in 12. Recent outings average 2.58 goals, while both teams score 42% of the time.
Carrick Rangers’s latest fixture against Coleraine ended in an away 3-0 loss. I expected more from Carrick Rangers. The lack of focus in the final third cost them three points.
Ballymena United’s recent game against Warrenpoint Town ended in a home 1-0 win. Although Ballymena United didn’t match their opponent’s intensity and quality while on possession, it was still enough. Ballymena United put in a decent first-half display and scored in the 37th minute.
Since the start of the season, Carrick Rangers is more dominant at home. They have three wins out of 12 games on home soil. Although Carrick Rangers is among the most solid home teams in the league, they are far from perfect. Their defence is not as good as expected with just 25% home clean sheets.
Ballymena United has picked up 12 points from the previous six league games. They still have a lot to prove when playing away from home. Ballymena United wins 1.00 points per away game, a bit less than their home record shows. To improve results, they have to be more compact in defence. Ballymena United kept a clean sheet in just 25% of their visits.
It is hard to choose a favourite in this one. Both teams look evenly-matched and have their strengths. I am not willing to take a risk and prefer a double chance bet. My prediction is Carrick Rangers or Ballymena United to win.
Both teams struggle in defence and concede on regular occasions. Carrick Rangers failed to keep a clean sheet in 25% of home games, while Ballymena United conceded in 25% of away games. On average, both teams score in 38% of Carrick Rangers’s home and Ballymena United’s away games. My prediction is Both Teams to Score: Yes.
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Carrick Rangers vs Ballymena United Head to Head
Average stats between Carrick Rangers and Ballymena United in most recent 19 outings in the Northern Ireland NIFL Premiership.