WPL weekend preview

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The weekend kicks off early again in the WPL as Bala Town host Cefn Druids live on Facebook this Thursday night.

Thursday, 8 February

Bala Town v Cefn Druids | Thursday – 19:45 (Facebook Live)
Both clubs will have been satisfied with a draw last weekend with Bala earning a point at Deeside (1-1) while the Druids shared the spoils with the champions (2-2).

It was back in October when either of these clubs scored more than twice in a WPL fixture.

Huw Griffiths’ men are on a run of four games without defeat (drawn 3, won 1).

Bala could climb up to 2nd place with a win against the side who have never beaten them at Maes Tegid in the WPL.

Last meetings:
Bala Town 2-1 Cefn Druids (22/12/17)
Cefn Druids 3-0 Bala Town (21/09/17)

Friday, 9 February

The New Saints v Bangor City | Friday – 19:45
The top two go head to head on Friday night, less than a month since TNS beat Bangor 2-1 at Park Hall on the last weekend of the first phase.

Despite being held to a 2-2 draw at the Rock last weekend, TNS remain 12 points clear at the top of the table and are closing in on their 7th consecutive WPL title.
Only four points separate the four clubs in the race for 2nd place and automatic European qualification.

Finishing 3rd has been enough to secure an European spot in the last three season as the Welsh Cup winners had already qualified, so there’s plenty to play for in the Top Six.

Bangor have already beaten TNS earlier this season, but there’s over six years since the Citizens last won at Park Hall, Oswestry (November 2011).

Last meetings:
The New Saints 2-1 Bangor City (13/01/18)
Bangor City 5-2 The New Saints (11/08/17)

Aberystwyth v Llandudno | Friday – 20:00
In the eight WPL meetings between these two sides, only once has the home team came out victorious, and that was Llandudno’s first ever fixture in the top flight back in August 2015 (Llan 3-2 Aber).

Therefore, Aberystwyth have never won at home against Llandudno in the WPL (drawn 1, lost 3).

Aberystwyth are currently seven points clear of the drop zone, but another defeat could drag them into dangerous territory as Carmarthen look to catch them up.

Llandudno had only scored three and conceded three in seven WPL matches before their seven-goal thriller against Newtown last Saturday (lost 3-4).

Last meetings:
Llandudno 2-3 Aberystwyth (14/10/17)
Aberystwyth 0-2 Llandudno (18/08/17)

Saturday, 10 February

Carmarthen v Newtown | Saturday – 14:30
Following their 3-1 win against Prestatyn last Saturday, Carmarthen climbed off the bottom of the table for the first time since October.

But the celebrations were short-lived as long-serving Old Gold manager Mark Aizlewood was found guilty of financial fraud on Monday afternoon, and was therefore sacked by the Carmarthen board.

Carmarthen remain seven points from safety but interim manager Neil Smothers will hope that last weekend’s win will give the team the boost they needed to close the gap on Aberystwyth in 10th place.

Newtown leaped up to 7th spot after their impressive 3-4 away win at Llandudno last weekend.

The Robins have won four of their last five WPL games, including solid wins against TNS and Cardiff Met, and Chris Hughes’ side will be feeling confident having already beaten Carmarthen three times this season.

Last meetings:
Carmarthen 0-2 Newtown (11/11/17)
Carmarthen 0-2 Newtown (24/10/17) League Cup Quarter Final
Newtown 4-1 Carmarthen (26/08/17)

Prestatyn v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Prestatyn have slid to the bottom of the WPL table after losing nine league games on the bounce.

Barry, on the other hand are level on points with Newtown in the race for 7th place and a play-off spot.

Barry won comfortably when the clubs last met in December with Jordan Cotterill and Macauley Southam both grabbing a brace each (4-0).

But it won’t be an easy task for Gavin Chesterfield’s side at the Motion Finance Stadium where Prestatyn beat Barry back in August (1-0).

Last meetings:
Barry Town 4-0 Prestatyn (23/12/17)
Prestatyn 1-0 Barry Town (19/08/17)

Sunday, 11 February

Cardiff Met v Connah’s Quay | Sunday – 14:30

Connah’s Quay have never lost against the students in any of their previous six league meetings, winning on four occasions, conceding only once!

There has been an average of 1.3 goals scored per game in their six previous meetings.

No surprises that these two clubs boast the best defensive records in the WPL this season – only one goal scored in their two meetings this season.

Christian Edwards will be hoping for a positive reaction from his side following their 3-0 defeat at Bangor last weekend.

Last meetings:
Cardiff Met 0-0 Connah’s Quay (26/11/17)
Connah’s Quay 1-0 Cardiff Met (23/09/17)

Highlights of all WPL matches will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:35 on S4C.