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4 Fantastic Bet Options In The Northern Ireland Premiership This Season

The Northern Ireland Premiership has been a brilliant market for punters
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The Northern Ireland Premiership continues to deal excellently with punters this season, especially with most leagues on break due to the Qatar World Cup.

For many, the league’s ability to deliver goals in abundance week after week has been the sweet spot.

For context, the last two gameweeks have produced an average of 2.5 and 3.1 goals, respectively. As a result, the goals market has been a very attractive feature of this league.

Even more, the competition for the title has been fierce in recent seasons. Linfield has won the last four championships, including their 56th in the 2021/22 season. However, Larne are showing great intent to wrestle the Championship away from them in this campaign. They lead their rivals by eight points and have won more matches than any other team.

It is reasonable to expect some discernible patterns to have emerged in the last 19 matches played to assist punters in making more informed decisions. And so, here are four fantastic betting options in the Northern Ireland Premiership that could guarantee great returns.

Under 3.5 Goals In Matches Involving Glentoran

Glentoran sit in fifth place on the log. And yet, it has not been a poor season by any stretch. If anything, they are sticking close to the top four sides in a season where the margins are slim and fine.

The Glens are just a point behind Linfield, Crusaders, and Cliftonville in second, third, and fourth place, respectively. Indeed, they have outstanding matches still to negotiate.

And with Mick McDermott’s team knocked out of the League Cup in the semifinal by Linfield, they can fully concentrate on challenging for the title.

Glentoran have fixed the defence this season

A few things have changed with the 48-year-old’s team this season. From having the poorest defence among the top five sides last season, they now boast the most compact defence, having conceded just eight goals in 16 matches.

Luke McCullough and Aidan Wilson have stayed almost impenetrable, combining to keep 10 clean sheets. 

Glentoran have now recorded 10 under 3.5 goals matches in the league. This is a smart option for every punter invested in the Northern Ireland Premiership.

Over 2.5 Goals In Matches Involving Crusaders

After finishing fourth in the playoffs last season, the Crusaders will retain the same objective of making the top six teams this term.

If anything, the Belfast-based team has been one of the more stable sides, with Stephen Baxter at the helm for almost two decades.

In truth, Baxter grew up playing for the team as a young boy before managing the team. No one probably understands this team more than the 57-year-old.

He has prioritised the attack, willing to commit numbers in offence, almost at the expense of a disciplined rear-guard. It is no surprise that they have lost more matches than any team in the top five.

Crusaders are ruthless going forward

And yet, no one embodies this trait more than the in-form Philip Lowry, the team’s highest scorer and the league’s joint-highest. The North Ireland forward has notched 12 goals, five more than he scored throughout last season.

Glentoran have played 13 over 2.5 goals matches this season, more than any other team in the division.

Goal/goal In Matches Involving Glenavon

Glenavon are managed by Gamil Hamilton, who is also one of the team’s centre forwards. In other words, the 42-year-old is a player-manager.

The Lurgan-based team are languishing in 9th place. They have scored the same number of goals as they have conceded (31).

Perhaps one of the reasons they are where they are is the sheer number of drawn matches. No team has drawn (5) more than Hamilton’s team. 

Glenavon struggle to retain the intensity of their play for 90 minutes

Glenavon have struggled to hold on to leads. They have dropped 11 points from winning positions, nine of them in matches they eventually lost.

Also worthy of note is their poor disciplinary record this season. The Lurgan Blues have received three red cards so far.

Glenavon have played 13 goal/goal matches in this campaign. Hence, this is a must-have option for intelligent punters.

Larne To Win At Home

If anything can challenge Linfield for the Northern Ireland Premiership this season, it is Larne. And they are doing a pretty good job, too.

One of the team’s Achilles heels last term was the number of draws they recorded, especially in the Championship playoffs: three out of five.

The County Antrim Shield winners have won more matches than any other side. In fact, no team has scored more than Tiernan Lynch’s side.

Larne are almost unplayable at home

The signing of Paul O’Neill from Cliftonville has proven a masterstroke for Lynch. The 22-year-old has scored 10 goals so far. He managed just three at his former club last season. Lee Bonis has also contributed eight goals.

Plenty of credit must go to the manager for putting together a very young team, with the core of the starting XI aged 25 or under.

Larne have been impeccable at Inver Park this season, winning eight of their 10 matches on home soil. This trend will continue as long as the Premiership leaders can dream of winning the title.