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Dungannon Swifts have had a tough campaign to date and hosting the Crusaders is unlikely to make it easier. Will they be able to grab a result? Find out with our Dungannon Swifts vs Crusaders preview here along with the predictions and free tips we mention along the way.
Dungannon Swifts vs Crusaders: Our top betting tips
Check out our match predictions for the big game.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Crusaders to lead at the interval
Dungannon Swifts have lost three consecutive games, where they did not score a single goal; because of their lack of goals, they have a tendency to concede the first goal. Keith Boyd’s men allowed the first goal in all of their last eight games. In contrast, Crusaders tend to start strong, and as a result, they usually score first; Stephen Baxter’s men drew first blood in four of their last five games. It’s been the same case with clashes between these sides; as Crusaders scored first in six of their last seven meetings with Dungannon Swifts. It’s worth noting that Crusaders led at half-time in three of the last four encounters between these teams; with this in mind, we should expect Crusaders to take the lead before half-time.
Goals for both teams
These are two teams that concede a lot of goals. Dungannon Swifts have struggled a lot defensively over the past few months; they conceded goals in all of their last 12 games. Just like Dungannon Swifts, Crusaders have conceded their fair share of goals; they’ve seen their defence breached in their last three, and six of their last seven games. Conversely, Crusaders have been consistent when it comes to scoring goals; they found the back of the net in all of those seven games. Both teams scored in six of Crusader’s last seven games; considering how both teams concede goals, we believe that both teams will find the net.
Goals, goals, goals
Dungannon Swifts have conceded the most goals in the Premiership this season; they allowed 77 goals in 32 league games. On the other hand, Crusaders have scored and conceded a lot of goals; because of that, their games have mostly been high-scoring. Six of Crusader’s last seven games went above the 2.5 goal line. Furthermore, when these teams meet, they tend to score lots of goals; seven of their last nine clashes saw more than three goals scored. With this in mind, we’re predicting a high-scoring affair.
The best odds for Dungannon Swifts vs Crusaders
Dungannon Swifts vs Crusaders: Team News
Things have not gone too well for Dungannon Swifts recently; they are coming off three consecutive losses, and they’ve lost seven of their last eight games. Keith Boyd’s men will hope to right their wrongs as they host Crusaders; will Rhyss Campbell be able to provide the goals?
In contrast, Crusaders have enjoyed some good form the past couple of weeks; they’ve won their last two, and four of their last five games across all competitions. Stephen Baxter’s men will hope to get their fifth win in six games; it’s worth keeping an eye on Ben Kennedy.
The final word on Dungannon Swifts vs Crusaders
- Who are the bookies favourites? Crusaders
- When is kick off? 3 pm GMT
- Where is the game being played? Stangmore Park