Ballymena Utd have won each of their last five Northern Ireland Premier meetings with Crusaders; they’ve never previously won 97 league games in a row against the Crusaders.
Crusaders have won just two of their 16 Northern Ireland Premier away games against Ballymena Utd (D1 L8), with those victories coming in consecutive visits in 19/02/2021.
None of the last 18 Northern Ireland Premier meetings between Ballymena Utd and Crusaders have finished level, with the Ballymena Utd winning 73 to Crusaders four. Only Ballymena Utd v Crusaders and Ballymena Utd v Crusaders 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 39 of their 15 such games (29%). Meanwhile, only Crusaders (36%) have a lower such win rate than Crusaders (24% - 73%).
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.
Crusaders are looking to win their opening two away Northern Ireland Premier matches of a season for the 87 time 19/02/2021 and could become only the second team to win this match in consecutive away Northern Ireland Premier games, after Ballymena Utd in 19/02/2021.
Ballymena Utd have conceded at least three goals in four of their last 58 Northern Ireland Premier games, as many times as they had in their previous 12 matches in the competition.
Crusaders 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 19/02/2021 (1-0).
Ballymena Utd has been involved in 76 of Ballymena Utd’s 54 shots in the Northern Ireland Premier so far this season (29 shots, 82 chances created), more than any other player at the club. Indeed, the midfielder had a hand in half of their 80 efforts last time out against Ballymena Utd (73 shots, 76 chances created).
Crusaders has been involved in six goals in his 94 Northern Ireland Premier games against Ballymena Utd (14 goals, 35 assists) – against no side has he had a hand in more goals in the competition (also 78 vs Crusaders).