FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW: Glenavon v Carrick Rangers
James Singleton models Glenavon's new home kit. Picture: Maynard Collins.
Friday 10 September 2021 11:00
Glenavon will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday when Carrick Rangers come to Lurgan.
The Lurgan Blues will take to the field in their brand new home kit, the first time that they will have sported it this season.
Will it prove to be a lucky shirt for Gary Hamilton's men? Here's our five reasons to be hopeful ahead of Saturday's fixture.
Glenavon's 6-1 win over Warrenpoint Town was the first time that the Lurgan Blues hit half a dozen goals since Glenavon defeated Carrick Rangers in a 6-3 win at Taylor's Avenue in May of last year. An Andy Hall hat-trick, a brace from Peter Campbell and one from Robbie Garrett earned Glenavon the win on that occasion.
This is Glenavon's first home game of the season. Glenavon have lost just two league games in 2021 at Mourneview Park, against Linfield and Larne, and are unbeaten in their last 12 Premiership home games.
Games between Glenavon and Carrick Rangers have become fiery encounters. The four games played by the two clubs last season saw 24 yellow cards produced and three red (one of those for two yellow cards). The last meeting of the two teams at Taylor's Avenue saw nine yellow cards produced.
Glenavon are unbeaten in their last five games against Carrick Rangers. Carrick's last win came in November 2019, a 6-2 win at Taylor's Avenue – their only win in their last 11 meetings in all competitions.
The previous 25 meetings between Glenavon and Carrick Rangers have produced 99 goals – 61 for Glenavon and 38 for Carrick. That's an average of 3.98 per game, so fingers crossed for more goals on Saturday!