WPL weekend preview

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Only a month to go the league split and things are hotting up in the race to reach the Top Six.

Friday

Cefn Druids v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
Cefn Druids have only won three out of 17 league games this season (18%) but their seven draws mean that they are above Aberystwyth in the table.

After losing their last three league games on the trot the Black and Greens are down in the relegation zone, but if they were to win their two games in hand then Matthew Bishop’s side would climb into the Top Six.

It’s a vital clash of two of the four teams separated by only a single point between the 7th and 11th position.

Last meeting:
Aberystwyth 4-2 Cefn Druids (07/11/14)

Saturday

Bangor City v Airbus UK | Saturday – 14:30
After eight league games without a victory things are starting to look bleak for Airbus who remain bottom of the table, four points behind the rest of the pack.

With 27 points on the board, Bangor seem pretty certain of securing a top half spot before the split.

But the Citizens have lost their last two league games so Ian Dawes will be keen grab his first three points as Bangor manager.

Andy Thomas’ Wingmakers have lost their last five league games and have failed to score in their last four games in the WPL and it looks like it will be a rough winter for Airbus who face five gruelling fixtures over the Christmas period against top four sides before the split (Bangor, Bala, Nomads, Nomads, Bangor)

Last meeting:
Bangor City 3-0 Airbus UK (15/11/15)

Carmarthen v Rhyl | Saturday – 14:30
With four games left till the split Carmarthen and Rhyl are in the race to claim a top six spot.

Following a tough battle at home to TNS on Wednesday night, Rhyl have now lost three WPL games on the bounce and are in danger of slipping into trouble.

Carmarthen are only two points behind 6th placed Llandudno and Mark Aizlewood will hope he can motivate his side to pick up points over the Christmas period and ensure safety from relegation by reaching the top half.

But injuries have been a problem for the Old Gold and the manager suggested last Saturday that he might have to start this weekend’s game with only 10 men!

Rhyl will also have a weakened side out due to suspensions as they have seen four red cards in their last three games.

Last meeting:
Rhyl 0-1 Carmarthen (05/11/16)

Bala Town v Llandudno | Saturday – 14:30
Bala Town will expect nothing less than three points at Maes Tegid this Saturday to keep the pressure one second placed Connah’s Quay.

The Lakesiders have won their last six games in all competitions and are on a run of nine league games without defeat (won 6, drawn 3).

Llandudno are back in 6th spot after beating Carmarthen last weekend to claim only their second home win of the season in the WPL.

Alan Morgan have been much stronger away from home and have only lost once on the road in the league this season, and that was at Park Hall against the champions.

Last meeting:
Llandudno 1-3 Bala Town (19/11/16)

Newtown v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 14:30
Newtown have leaped out of the relegation zone and into 8th position after a 3-1 away win at Rhyl last weekend.

Despite the slow start to the season, only the three teams at the top have lost less home games than the Robins this season (2).

Cardiff Met will have been disappointed to come away from Park Hall empty handed last Saturday as they were level 1-1 with TNS up until the 82nd minute.

The students have a strong home record this season but have been poor away from home, winning only one of their eight away games in the WPL in 2016/17.

Last meeting:
Cardiff Met 2-1 Newtown (20/09/16)

gap Connah’s Quay v The New Saints | Saturday – 17:15
The two at the top go head to head live on Sgorio this Saturday and could the Nomads be the side that brings the Saints’ fantastic run to an end?

With 24 wins in 24 games in all competitions this season, it could not have gone any better for the Oswestry outfit in 2016/17.

The New Saints have won all 18 league games this season to open up an emphatic 18 point lead as well as winning their three League Cup games, their two Irn-Bru cup fixtures and their only game in the Welsh Cup.

TNS have already beaten the Nomads twice this season (1 WPL, 1 League Cup) but Andy Morrison’s men have won their last two league games at home against the champions.

Latest meetings:
gap Connah’s Quay 0-1 The New Saints (20/09/16) League Cup semi final
The New Saints 3-0 gap Connah’s Quay (30/10/16)

Highlights of all WPL fixtures will be on Sgorio every Monday at 6:30