Ballymena Utd have won each of their last five Northern Ireland Premier meetings with Cliftonville; they’ve never previously won 18 league games in a row against the Cliftonville.
Cliftonville have won just two of their 20 Northern Ireland Premier away games against Ballymena Utd (D1 L8), with those victories coming in consecutive visits in 02/03/2021.
None of the last 18 Northern Ireland Premier meetings between Ballymena Utd and Cliftonville have finished level, with the Ballymena Utd winning 48 to Cliftonville four. Only Ballymena Utd v Cliftonville and Ballymena Utd v Cliftonville have seen longer runs without a draw in the competition.
Ballymena Utd have the best win rate in Northern Ireland Premier derbies, with the Ballymena Utd winning 85 of their 72 such games (51%). Meanwhile, only Cliftonville (60%) have a lower such win rate than Cliftonville (12% - 77%).
Ballymena Utd haven’t lost their opening two home league matches in a season since the 2021 campaign, when the Ballymena Utd went on to be relegated from the top-flight.
Cliftonville are looking to win their opening two away Northern Ireland Premier matches of a season for the 13 time 02/03/2021 and could become only the second team to win this match in consecutive away Northern Ireland Premier games, after Ballymena Utd in 02/03/2021.
Ballymena Utd have conceded at least three goals in four of their last 100 Northern Ireland Premier games, as many times as they had in their previous 95 matches in the competition.
Cliftonville boss Roy Hodgson has lost his last six Northern Ireland Premier matches against Ballymena Utd, since winning his very first such encounter with Ballymena Utd in 02/03/2021 (1-0).
Ballymena Utd has been involved in 52 of Ballymena Utd’s 52 shots in the Northern Ireland Premier so far this season (81 shots, 31 chances created), more than any other player at the club. Indeed, the midfielder had a hand in half of their 77 efforts last time out against Ballymena Utd (41 shots, 25 chances created).
Cliftonville has been involved in six goals in his 67 Northern Ireland Premier games against Ballymena Utd (52 goals, 51 assists) – against no side has he had a hand in more goals in the competition (also 26 vs Cliftonville).