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Ballymena United v Crusaders Preview

 It is the last day of the Danske Bank Premiership season and Crusaders are on their travels for the eighth time in a row in all competitions when they play Ballymena United and the Ballymena Showgrounds on Saturday. Crusaders go into the game on the back of some poor results lately and will want to end on a high while Ballymena United will want another win to finish a great season for them in the league. Crusaders will have to deal with a strong strike force in Adam Leckey and Jonny McMurray while at the back Jim Ervin and Steven McCullough will be hard to break down at the back.

Crusaders will see who is fit for this one but with one eye on the Irish Cup Final antone who is carrying a niggle will probably not be risked. It is a hard one for Stephen Baxter to pick a team with this in mind so expect a few to be rested to the bench or even completely. Some players also need game time ahead of the finaland this will come into the equation. Harry Doherty could stay in nets and the back four may change if the centre half positions are rotated. Midfield may also change from Tuesday evening with Rory Hale possibly rested after injuring his arm and others may get a chance to impress for next week. Up front Ronan Hale may start like he did against Coleraine. Crusaders will look to recent wins over Ballymena United as a pointer to this game and hope to take the win for a third time in a row.

Ballymena United will parade the strongest team possible as they push for a record total of points for the season. They have had an unbelievable season and will finish second in the Premiership no matter what and David Jeffrey will want to finish on a high both for the team and the supporters.  

So the final game of the season awaits and we need a win and hope Glenavon lose against Cliftonville to finish third. We would really love to see you at the game to give the team your support and also encouragement as we aim to finish third with a morale boosting win ahead of next weeks final. Why not come to Ballymena and give us that support. Keep The Faith.

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