WPL final weekend preview

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Dramatic finale to the Welsh Premier League 2017/18 season.

The New Saints will represent Wales in the Champions League qualifiers this summer, while the league runners-up, Welsh Cup winners and play-off winners will reach the Europa League qualifiers.

Friday, 27 April

Cefn Druids v Connah’s Quay | Friday – 19:30 (S4C)
Connah’s Quay have secured a place in Europe.

Going into the final game of the league season, Connah’s Quay are level on points with Bangor City, but have a three goal advantage on goal difference.

The Nomads haven’t lost any of their last five league games against Cefn Druids (since March 2015).

But the Druids certainly won’t just sit back as they eye up the 5th spot for a possible promise of home advantage in the play-offs.

After securing their highest finish ever last season, Andy Morrison will be eager to secure the 2nd spot for a second consecutive year.

Connah’s Quay have secured the domestic license to stay in the WPL next season.

Last meetings:
Connah’s Quay 2-1 Cefn Druids (10/03/18)
Connah’s Quay 1-1 Cefn Druids (29/12/17)
Cefn Druids 0-1 Connah’s Quay (26/12/17)

Bala Town v Bangor City | Friday – 19:30
Despite securing their highest finish in five years, Bangor City have been relegated from the WPL after failing to secure a domestic license.

Three goals separate Bangor and Connah’s Quay, but since Bangor have already knocked five past Bala earlier this season, anything could happen this Friday.

Kevin Nicholson was pleased that his side have managed to secure their highest finish in five seasons, but will hope to go one better this weekend.

Bala will finish in 4th place this season, their lowest position in four years, but Colin Caton will know that his side will be raring to go in the play-offs.

Banor City have failed to secure the domestic license to stay in the WPL next season.

Last meetings:
Bangor City 1-2 Bala Town (09/03/18)
Bangor City 5-0 Bala Town (24/11/17)
Bala Town 0-1 Bangor City (07/10/17)

The New Saints v Cardiff Met | Friday – 19:30
The New Saints have secured their place in Europe by winning the title, and Scott Ruscoe will be eager to finish his first season in charge with a bang.

Cardiff Met will be aware that Cefn Druids are breathing down their necks, and the students will be desperate to secure the 5th to go one better than last season.

The Saints have lost four league games this season (vs Bangor x2, Barry and Newtown) – It’s been 10 years since they lost more than four times in a WPL season.

But TNS have never lost against Cardiff Met in the WPL (won 5, lost 2).

Last meetings:
Cardiff Met 1-1 The New Saints (10/03/18)
Cardiff Met 0-1 The New Saints (20/01/18) League Cup Final
The New Saints 2-1 Cardiff Met (28/10/17)
Cardiff Met 0-0 The New Saints (15/09/17)

Aberystwyth v Newtown | Friday – 19:30
With one eye on next weekend’s Welsh Cup final, Aberystwyth will be praying to get to the end of the league season injury-free.

The Black & Greens could potentially climb up into 9th place if Llandudno fail to beat Prestatyn.

Newtown will finish the season in 8th place, their lowest position in five seasons.

Aberystwyth might have had a nervy season in the WPL, but the club could still secure a place in Europe if they were to beat Connah’s Quay in the Welsh Cup final next Sunday.

Last meetings:
Newtown 0-1 Aberystwyth (10/03/18)
Aberystwyth 3-0 Newtown (24/11/17)
Newtown 4-0 Aberystwyth (16/09/17)

Prestatyn v Llandudno | Friday – 19:30
Prestatyn will be determined to finish the season with a win as they bid farewell to the WPL.

Gareth Wilson’s Seasiders are on a run of 18 games without a win in all competitions (lost 15, drawn 3) and will return to the Huws Gray Alliance next season.

Prestatyn kept their first clean sheet since November in their goalless draw with Barry Town on Tuesday night which was quite an achievement as defender Dave Hayes spent most of the game between the sticks following Carl Jones’ red card in the eighth minute!

Prestatyn have not scored a goal in their last five games, but Llandudno are the only Bottom Six side not to have kept a clean sheet against Prestatyn this season.

Llandudno have secured their WPL status, but Iwan Williams will want his side to finish on a high before the preparations begin for next season.

Last meetings:
Llandudno 2-2 Prestatyn (09/03/18)
Prestatyn 1-3 Llandudno (24/11/17)
Llandudno 2-2 Prestatyn (07/09/17)

Barry Town v Carmarthen | Friday – 19:30
Carmarthen will avoid the drop since Bangor have been relegated.

Barry are on a brilliant run and are unbeaten in their last nine matches since the split (won 7, drawn 2).

Gavin Chesterfield’s men will be keen to find out who awaits them in the play-off semi final.

There’s over 18 years since the last time Carmarthen beat Barry in the WPL (March 2000).

Last meetings:
Carmarthen 0-1 Barry Town (09/03/18)
Carmarthen 1-2 Barry Town (15/12/17)
Barry Town 3-1 Carmarthenn (21/09/17)

Highlights of all WPL fixtures will be on Sgorio this Monday at 5:35 on S4C.