WPL weekend preview

Barry Town United Vs Newtown

This Friday night Bangor face Connah’s Quay in the race for 2nd place, while Newtown and Barry are level on points before they go head to head in the fight for the play-off spot.

Friday, 16 February

Bangor City v Connah’s Quay | Friday – 19:45
Following their 3-0 defeat at the hands of TNS last Friday night, Bangor City slipped down from 2nd position into 4th.

Connah’s Quay climbed back up into the all-important 2nd spot, which guarantees European qualification, after their 0-2 away win at Cardiff Met.

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 are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Connah’s Quay (won 3, drawn 2).

The Citizens haven’t lost away to the Nomads since November 2014, but they did lose at home to Connah’s Quay at the start of last season.

In the last 12 meetings between the sides, only once has a club scored more than two goals (Connah’s Quay 1-3 Bangor City – October 2015).

It will be the 4th meeting between the sides this season as they also met in the League Cup in October where Connah’s Quay were victorious.

Last meetings:
Connah’s Quay 0-2 Bangor City (17/11/17)
Connah’s Quay 2-0 Bangor City (03/10/17) League Cup 2nd Round
Bangor City 1-0 Connah’s Quay (26/09/17)

Aberystwyth v Prestatyn | Friday – 20:00
Bottom side Prestatyn enjoyed a week’s rest as their fixture against Barry was postponed last weekend due to a flooded pitch.

Prestatyn were the only club to lose twice to Aberystwyth yn the first phase, and their last visit to Park Avenue was one to forget as Neville Powell’s men hit seven goals that day (seven different scorers).

With only one away win, Prestatyn have the worst away record in the league this season (Cam 0-3 Pres).

Aberystwyth have won five of their last six home games in all competitions.

Last meetings:
Aberystwyth 7-1 Prestatyn (16/12/17)
Prestatyn 1-2 Aberystwyth (28/10/17)

Saturday, 17 February

Cardiff Met v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 14:30
Both clubs will be looking to bounce back after last weekend’s defeats.

Cardiff Met have failed to score in their two matches since the split, and will need to turn things around if they are to go into the play-offs with momentum – but the suspension of frontman Adam Roscrow won’t help the students efforts as he was red-carded for dissent last Sunday.

The Druids will have felt hard done by after conceding in injury time at Bala last Thursday to lose 1-0, but Huw Griffiths will be pleased with how his side have settled in the Top Six so far.

These two clubs have met four times in the WPL but the Druids are yet to beat the students (drawn 2, lost 2).

Last meetings:
Cardiff Met 1-1 Cefn Druids (19/11/17)
Cefn Druids 0-3 Cardiff Met (12/08/17)

Llandudno v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
The Old Gold are on a run of three consecutive wins but start the weekend seven points behind the safety of the 10th spot.

Llandudno have slid down to 9th place after winning only one of their last 9 league games (Ban 0-1 Llan).

Carmarthen have not beaten Llandudno since their first meeting in the WPL back in October 2015 (Llan 1-2 Cam).

In the five meetings since then, Llandudno have won four times before their goalless draw earlier this season.

Carmarthen have failed to score in their last four meetings with Llandudno (since December 2015).

Last meetings:
Carmarthen 0-0 Llandudno (09/12/17)
Llandudno 3-0 Carmarthen (12/08/17)

Newtown v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Both clubs are level on points in the race for the play-offs, but Barry Town have a game in hand.

No team have scored less away goals in the WPL this season than Barry Town (5 goals in 11 games).

Newtown have won five of their last six home games in all competitions.

Ahead of the weekend, Kayne McLaggon is the only Bottom Six player to have reached double figures this season (11 goals).

Last meetings:
Newtown 3-0 Barry Town (18/11/17)
Barry Town 2-0 Newtown (09/09/17)

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