WPL weekend preview

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Less than a month to go until the league split and only The New Saints have secured their place in the Top Six, but Bangor City could book their spot in the top half this weekend.

Friday, 22 December

Connah’s Quay v Newtown | Friday – 19:45
Although Connah’s Quay are pretty certain to finish in the top half, the Nomads are not yet mathematically secure.

Connah’s Quay have only lost once in their eight home matches in the WPL this season (0-2 vs Bangor).

Newtown are only three points clear of the relegation zone, but a Top Six spot is not entirely out of reach either (8pts between Newtown and 6th place).

Not one of the last 15 WPL games between these sides have been drawn.

Last meeting:
Newtown 0-1 Connah’s Quay (30/09/17)

Bala Town v Cefn Druids | Friday – 19:45
Both sides are level on points in the 5th an 6th position and a win for either side would be a huge leap towards a Top Six berth.

Bala Town became the first team to win away at Cardiff Met last weekend as they won 1-2 at Cyncoed Campus.

The Druids also won away in their last outing, seeing off Prestatyn in a tough midweek battle, and Huw Griffiths’ side now aim to do the double over Bala Town after beating them comfortably at The Rock earlier in the season (3-0).

Last meeting:
Cefn Druids 3-0 Bala Town (21/09/17)

The New Saints v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
TNS are the only club certain of a Top Six spot following their 3-0 win over Connah’s Quay on Tuesday night.

TNS have the best defensive record at home in the WPL this season (conceded 5 in 8).

Aberystwyth have performed magnificently at Park Avenue recently, but their away record is not as impressive, winning only twice in eight games on the road this season.

Aberystwyth have not won any of their last 24 meetings with TNS (since August 2007).

Last meeting:
Aberystwyth 1-2 The New Saints (20/10/17)

Saturday, 23 December

Carmarthen v Bangor City | Saturday – 14:30
A win for Bangor would secure their place in the Top Six.

At the moment, Carmarthen are the only club that are mathematically unable to reach the Top Six.

The Old Gold have not won any of their seven WPL games at home this season (drawn 1, lost 6), scoring only twice in seven home games.

Bangor are on a strong run of seven games without defeat in all competitions (won 6, drawn 1), and young striker Dean Rittenberg has been vital in their success, netting seven goals in their last six league games.

Last meeting:
Bangor City 1-0 Carmarthen (10/09/17)

Barry Town v Prestatyn | Saturday – 14:30
Prestatyn may have beaten Barry earlier in the season, but it’s fair to say that of the two newly promoted sides, its Gavin Chesterfield’s men that have adapted better to life in the WPL this season.

Barry Town are only five points behind the all-important 6th spot ahead of the weekend, and a win on Saturday would throw them right in the race for a Top Six finish.

Prestatyn have slipped into the bottom two after losing six of their last seven league games.

Neil Gibson’s side have only won once on the road this season (vs bottom side Carmarthen), but will need a positive result on Saturday ahead of their tough double-header with Bala over the Christmas period, before facing TNS in the new year.

Last meeting:
Prestatyn 1-0 Barry Town (19/08/17)

Highlights will be available on the Sgorio website on Thursday night, 28 December.