Weekend preview

C0ngNt4XUAAz9ix

Llandudno and Bangor will go head to head live on Sgorio on New Year’s Day, but before then there are two other WPL fixtures taking place this Saturday.

The New Saints, Bala Town, gap Connah’s Quay and Bangor City have already secured their place in the Top Six, but who will be the other two clubs to join them and ensure a place in this year’s European play-offs?

Saturday

Newtown v Aberystwyth | Saturday – 14:30
Newtown’s hopes of reaching the Top Six were crushed when Kurtis March scored a late winner for Aberystwyth in their previous meeting at Park Avenue on Boxing Day.

Aberystwyth have a game in hand and Matthew Bishop’s men know that if they win their remaining three fixtures then they would secure a top half spot, so their fate is in their own hands.

Aber’s remaining fixtures: New (a), Cefn (h), Met (h)

It hasn’t been a great season for Newtown who are only a point above the relegation zone having won only four out of 20 league games this season (20%).

Newtown will spend the second half of the season in the bottom half for the first time since the 2012/13 season.

Last meeting:
Aberystwyth 1-0 Newtown (26/12/16)

Cardiff Met v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
These two clubs go into this fixture in the 5th and 6th position but are yet to secure their places in the top half.

Three points for the students would clinch Cardiff Met’s spot in the Top Six in their first season in the WPL.

Carmarthen are only two points in front of Llandudno in the race for the top half.

It finished goalless when the clubs met at Richmond Park on Boxing Day, but Cardiff Met have been consistent at home this season and are unbeaten in their last eight home matches in all competitions (7 WPL, 1 Welsh Cup).

Last meeting:
Carmarthen 0-0 Cardiff Met (26/12/16)

Sunday

Llandudno v Bangor City | Sunday – 17:15
The Citizens have secured their place in the Top Six for the first time since the 2013/14 season.

After losing his first game in charge at Bangor, Ian Dawes has won his last four games (3 WPL, 1 Welsh Cup). Win ratio: 80%.

Only TNS (11/11) have won more home games than Bangor (8/11) in the WPL this season.

Llandudno start the weekend in 7th spot, two points behind Carmarthen in the race for the top half.

The Seasiders have the worst attacking record in the league – scored 15 goals in 20 games (0.75 goals a game).

Alan Morgan’s men have failed to score in 11 of their 20 league matches this season (55%) and their centre back Mike Williams is the joint top scorer with three goals.

They might be struggling creatively as no Llandudno player has managed more than one assist this season.

Shaun Cavanagh’s late strike was the difference between the two sides when they met at Nantporth on Boxing Day as Bangor came out 2-1 winners.

Last meeting:
Bangor City 2-1 Llandudno (26/12/16)

Llandudno v Bangor City – LIVE on S4C on New Year’s Day at 17:00