FREE PICK: Cliftonville vs Carrick Rangers WIN 3:1

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Cliftonville vs Carrick Rangers (N.Ireland Premiership)

Cliftonville are six points behind leaders Glentoran and are in an unusually bad moment of three consecutive losses in the league. The most recent cup win over lower-tier Rathfriland was helpful in terms of regaining the confidence inside the dressing room. The team is very motivated to break the negative league run but the players are also seeking the revenge against Carrick Rangers. Forward Rory Donelly(19/6) left to Glentoran but the club brought Michael McCruden who debuted in the recent Cup game. McCruden is familiar with scoring goals in Premiership (25/19 in 2018/19 season) and should be a proper replacement for Donelly. On the contrary, Rangers heavily lost at home their latest Cup match versus Crusaders (1-5). Unpredictable visitors are 22 points behind today's rivals and have no chances of reaching the Championship Group of playoffs. Two players left the club in the transfer window: forwards Stweart Nixon(21/5/7) and Guillaume Keke(17/3). Three forwards joined on the loan, while key defender Lee Chapman(23/3) didn't yet return to full fitness according to the words of the head coach, despite featuring in the previous game. Rangers are playing on natural grass at their home stadium while Cliftonville's stadium has mixed, synthetic pitch. Since 2011, Cliftonville won 7 out of 9 mutual games over Carrick Rangers at home and should do the same tonight.


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