WPL weekend preview

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With only one point separating the top three, and two points separating the bottom three, it’s an exciting period for the Welsh Premier League followers.

Friday, 2 November

Aberystwyth v The New Saints | Friday – 19:45
The New Saints are one point above Connah’s Quay and Barry Town at the top of the table, and could go four points clear overnight.

The champions had a slight slip up last weekend with a 1-1 draw at Newtown, but were back to winning ways on Tuesday night as they eased past Llandudno in the Nathaniel MG Cup (0-5).

Aberystwyth have been going strong recently picking up away wins at Llandudno and Llanelli in their last two outings.

But it’s been a long 11 years since the Seasiders last recorded a WPL win against The New Saints (August 2007).

Neville Powell’s side fell to a disappointing 6-0 defeat at Park Hall earlier this season and Aberystwyth will be looking to redeem themselves this weekend.

Recent WPL form:
Aberystwyth: ❌❌➖✅✅
TNS: ❌✅✅✅➖

Cefn Druids v Newtown | Friday – 19:45
Ten games to go until the split and Newtown are sitting comfortably in 4th position after a fine start to the season.

The Robins have won four of their last six WPL matches, losing only once during that run.

But Newtown did suffer a defeat in the League Cup on Tuesday night (1-0), becoming the third WPL club to fall at the feet of Cambrian & Clydach (Aberystwyth, Barry Town, Newtown).

Cefn Druids are still struggling down the wrong end of the table having won only once in their last six matches.

Recent WPL form:
Cefn Druids: ➖✅❌➖➖
Newtown: ✅✅❌✅➖

Saturday, 3 November

Carmarthen v Caernarfon | Saturday – 14:30
Carmarthen picked up a valuable point away to Cardiff Met last weekend to bring a run of five consecutive defeats to an end.

But the Old Gold are still without a win in their last eight games in all competitions and Neil Smothers’ side are desperate for a win.

Caernarfon have also had to wait a while since their last victory (3-0 vs Llanelli on 22 September), and the Canaries have had four draws in five games since their last win.

A decade has gone by since the clubs last met in the WPL, but the Cofis did enjoy a Welsh Cup win against Carmarthen back in December 2016.

Recent WPL form:
Carmarthen: ❌❌❌❌➖
Caernarfon: ➖➖➖❌➖

Connah’s Quay v Llanelli | Saturday – 14:30
Connah’s Quay trail TNS by only one point at the start of the weekend, and the Nomads will expect nothing less than three points on Saturday to keep the pressure on the champions.

It was a one-sided affair when these clubs met on the season’s opening weekend as Andy Morrison’s side struck seven times at Stebonheath.

Connah’s Quay will be confident following their win against Bala Town on Tuesday night to book a place in the Nathaniel MG Cup semi final.

The Llanelli Reds have lost nine of their last 10 matches, but are somehow only two points away from safety at the start of Matchday 13.

Remarkably, after 12 games, Llanelli’s red card tally this season (8) is higher than Llandudno’s goal tally (7)!

Recent WPL form:
Connah’s Quay: ✅✅✅❌➖
Llanelli: ❌✅❌❌❌

Bala Town v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 19:30 (S4C)
We’ve passed the halfway point to the league split and the race for the Top Six has begun.

Bala Town have reached the Top Six for the past four seasons, while Cardiff Met have also secured a top half finish in their two seasons since being promoted to the WPL.

The clubs start the weekend in the 5th and 6th position, and a Met win would see them climb above the Lakesiders.

Cardiff Met have never won away against Bala Town, neither have they picked up a point at Maes Tegid, so it will be a tough task for Christian Edwards’ students on Saturday night.

On Tuesday night, the Archers secured a place in the Nathaniel MG Cup semi final with a home win against Haverfordwest (6-0), while Bala Town fell at the hands of Connah’s Quay, losing 0-1 at home for the second time in three days.

Recent WPL form:
Bala Town: ✅➖✅✅❌
Cardiff Met: ✅❌✅➖➖

Sunday, 4 November

Barry Town v Llandudno | Sunday – 14:30
Barry Town are flying following a record of six wins in their last seven league games.

Gavin Chesterfield’s Dragons are now the only club with a 100% record at home in the WPL this season (played 5 = won 5).

Llandudno are on a run of six league games without a win (lost 5, drawn 1), and have only scored seven goals in 12 WPL games this season.

Only in one of their 12 league games have Llandudno scored more than once this season, and that was in their 1-0 home win against Barry Town back in September.

Recent WPL form:
Barry Town: ✅❌✅✅✅
Llandudno: ❌❌❌❌➖

Highlights of all WPL fixtures will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:30 on S4C.