JD Cymru Premier weekend preview

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With eight wins each this season, the top four are currently separated by only four points. Barry Town travel to the Rock on Saturday hoping to avoid a third consecutive defeat while Connah’s Quay, Bala Town and The New Saints all play at home this weekend.

Friday, 15 November

Connah’s Quay v Newtown | Friday – 19:45
Connah’s Quay are currently enjoying their longest ever run of games without defeat in the Cymru Premier (14 games), and after thrashing title contenders Barry Town last weekend (0-4), the Nomads will be full of confidence ahead of the Newtown fixture.

The Robins beat Caernarfon 3-1 last Friday night to climb level on points with Cardiff Met (6th) in the race for the top half.

But Connah’s Quay haven’t lost any of their last seven meetings with Newtown (won 5, drawn 2), and Chris Hughes’ side haven’t won at Deeside since August 2015.

Recent league form:
Connah’s Quay: ✅✅➖➖✅
Newtown: ✅❌✅❌✅

The New Saints v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
The New Saints start the weekend in 4th place (with a game in hand), and after four games without defeat, Scott Ruscoe will be looking to keep up the momentum on Friday.

Aberystwyth will be praying to avoid a repeat performance of the reverse fixture where they suffered their heaviest defeat in Cymru Premier history (Aber 1-10 TNS).

No surprises then that TNS have the best attacking record in the league (2.6 goals per game), while Aberystwyth have the worst defensive record (conceded 2.6 goals per game).

Recent league form:
The New Saints: ❌✅✅✅➖
Aberystwyth: ➖➖➖✅❌

Bala Town v Airbus UK | Friday – 20:00 (S4C)
This will be the third of Bala Town’s run of five games against clubs from the bottom half of the table, and if Colin Caton’s side can win all those games then they certainly won’t be far off the summit.

Bala have been on form in front of goal recently – Chris Venables and Louis Robles have scored 26 goals between them in all competitions, while Airbus’ two top scorers, Andy Owens and George Peers have managed a total of nine goals.

Bala Town (31) have scored more than twice the amount of Airbus’ league goal tally this season (15).

Airbus have lost 10 out of 14 league games this season (highest amount in the league), and O’Shaughnessy’s side have had the least amount of draws (1).

Recent league form:
Bala Town: ✅➖❌✅✅
Airbus UK: ❌✅❌❌❌

Saturday, 16 November

Cefn Druids v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
After winning three Cymru Premier games on the bounce for the first time since 2003, another win for Cefn Druids on Saturday would pile the pressure on Cardiff Met and Newtown in the race for the Top Six.

Barry Town have won their last four games against Cefn Druids, but Gavin Chesterfield’s side have had a blip in form recently conceding eight goals in two games (after conceding only 7 in 11 games previously).

Barry Town will be looking to avoid losing three league games on the bounce for the first time in almost two years (January 2018)

Recent league form:
Cefn Druids: ❌❌✅✅✅
Barry Town: ✅➖✅❌❌

Cardiff Met v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
Kristian O’Leary takes charge of Carmarthen for the first time on Saturday as the Old Gold go in search of their first league win of the season.

Cardiff Met have only won one of their last nine games in all competitions, but on the other hand, only Connah’s Quay have lost less league games than Met this season (2).

Late goals have been costly for Christian Edwards’ side recently – in their last three home games Cardiff Met have dropped five points in injury time after conceding late on against The New Saints, Connah’s Quay and Pen-y-bont.

Half of the students’ league games this season have finished in draws (6/12), and the Archers need to turn those draws into wins if they’re to hold on to their place in the Top Six.

Recent league form:
Cardiff Met: ➖➖❌❌➖
Carmarthen: ❌❌➖❌❌

Highlights of the weekend’s matches will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:30 on S4C.