Five things you need to know: Ballymena United v Glenavon

Five things you need to know: Glenavon v Ballymena United

Gary Hamilton and David Jeffrey embrace before a game between Glenavon and Ballymena United.

Michael Scott


Michael Scott


Glenavon travel to Ballymena knowing that victory would be a big step in securing a spot in the European play-offs.

Gary Hamilton is seeking a reaction following Tuesday's Irish Cup defeat, accusing his players of bottling on the big occasion.

Saturday's game is followed by a Mid-Ulster derby at Mourneview Park and maximum points from both games would see them into those vital play-offs.

As always, here's five things you need to know about Ballymena United v Glenavon.

  1. Both sides have seen three or more goals in their last five games. For Glenavon that's wins over Ballymena (3-2), Warrenpoint (4-3) and Linfield (3-2) and defeats to Crusaders (6-1) and Dungannon (1-2); while for Ballymena it includes their cup win over Portadown (4-1), draw with Glentoran (2-2) and losses to Glenavon (3-2), Linfield (2-1) and Coleraine (2-1).
  2. There has been at least one goal in the first half of each of Glenavon's last six games and in each of Ballymena's last five games. In fact, Glenavon have scored before half time in each of those last six games.
  3. There has been an odd number of goals in each of the last six games played by Glenavon (5, 7, 7, 5,3)
  4. There has been a red card in eight of Glenavon's 17 Premiership away games, while in the last four meetings between United and Glenavon at the Showgrounds it has been Ballymena who have received the first card.
  5. Ballymena United have won just won of their last five games against Glenavon, with Gary Hamilton's men winning their last four meetings.

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