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Larne haven’t won in four but they are big favourites here. Will they get back to winning ways? Find out with our Larne vs Ballymena United preview here along with the predictions and free tips we mention along the way.
Larne vs Ballymena United: Our top betting tips
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These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Ending all square
Larne have drawn their last two games, they have no wins in four games, with three draws and a loss. To be fair, that loss was on penalties, in the Irish Cup, against none other than Ballymena; Larne drew all of their last four games at the end of regulation time. Just like Larne, Ballymena have no wins in their last four games; and like Larne, they’ve drawn their fair share of games. Four of Ballymena’s last seven games were tied at the end of regulation time. It’s also worth mentioning that two of the last four encounters between these sides ended in draws; and for this reason, we believe that both teams will extend their respective winless streaks to five games.
Both teams to score
The thing about teams on winless streaks is, they tend to concede goals regularly; it’s been the same case with Larne and Ballymena. Larne allowed at least one goal in their last four, and seven of their last eight games, while Ballymena have no clean sheets in their last seven games. On the other hand, Larne have also been consistent when it comes to finding the net; as they’ve done so in all of their last eight games. Similarly, Ballymena have scored their fair share of goals; they scored in five of their last seven games. Both teams scored in seven of Larne’s last eight, and in five of Ballymena’s last seven games; considering both teams scored in three of the last four clashes between these sides, both teams should score.
Larne to lead at the break
We mentioned that Ballymena conceded in all of their last seven games; we would also like to point out that they conceded the first goal in six of those seven games. On the other hand, Larne found the net in all of their last eight games; they have a tendency to score first, as they drew first blood in five of their last six games. It’s been the same case with meetings between these teams; as Larne scored the first goal in six of their last eight encounters. It’s also worth adding that Ballymena were losing at half-time in four of their last five games; with this in mind, we believe that Larne will score first, and lead at half-time.
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Larne vs Ballymena United: Team News
Larne are coming off a 1:1 draw at Carrick Rangers; they have no wins in their last four games in all competitions, with three draws and a loss. Tiernan Lynch will hope to finish his side’s regular season campaign with a win; he’ll look to David McDaid for help.
Ballymena United have had a poor run of form the past couple of weeks; they are without a win in their last four games, with a draw and three losses. David Jeffrey’s men will hope to snap that unwanted streak as they take on Larne; it’ll be interesting to see how they’ll fare with Paul McElroy leading the line.
The final word on Larne vs Ballymena United
- Who are the bookies favourites? Larne
- When is kick off? 19:45 GMT
- Where is the game being played? Inver Park