WPL weekend preview

Two of the top three will meet on Saturday as The New Saints welcome Barry Town to Park Hall, while Connah’s Quay take a break away from the league to compete in the Irn Bru Cup semi final.

Friday, 15 February

Cefn Druids v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
Cefn Druids are still waiting for their first win in 2019 after going on a run of seven games without a win in all competitions.

The Druids haven’t won since their previous meeting with Aberystwyth back in December and Huw Griffiths’ side are now only six points above the relegation zone.

Aberystwyth came out 4-2 winners at Llanelli last weekend to bring a run of eight games without a win to an end.

Cefn Druids have won their last three matches against Aberystwyth at The Rock.

Latest meetings:
Aberystwyth 0-2 Cefn Druids (21/12/18)
Cefn Druids 1-0 Aberystwyth (05/10/18)

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

Llanelli v Carmarthen | Friday – 19:45
Llanelli remain six points from safety after winning only one of their last nine WPL fixtures.

But the Reds have not lost at home to Carmarthen since September 2005.

Carmarthen striker, Liam Thomas is likely to make his 200th WPL start, and remarkably he has avoided injury and suspension to start 122 consecutive games in the WPL since April 2015.

Carmarthen have been charged by the FAW for fielding an ineligible player against Llanelli on New Year’s Day and the club face a three point deduction if they don’t appeal before Monday.

Latest meetings:
Carmarthen 2-0 Llanelli (01/01/19)
Llanelli 1-1 Carmarthen (26/12/18)

Recent WPL form:
Llanelli: ❌✅❌➖❌
Carmarthen: ✅❌✅✅❌

Saturday, 16 February

Cardiff Met v Llandudno | Saturday – 14:30
Cardiff Met have won 3-0 in four of their last five league matches, including their recent win away at Llandudno.

Llandudno’s dreadful run of 17 WPL games without a win finally came to an end as they beat Carmarthen last Saturday to claim their first victory since winning away at Cardiff Met back in September.

The Archers will be looking to reach the play-off final for the third consecutive year, but after falling at the hands of the Druids in the final last May, Christian Edwards’ men will want to go a step further this time around.

Latest meetings:
Llandudno 0-3 Cardiff Met (12/01/19)
Cardiff Met 0-1 Llandudno (16/09/18)

Recent WPL form:
Cardiff Met: ✅✅✅❌✅
Llandudno: ➖❌❌➖✅

Newtown v Caernarfon | Saturday – 14:30
Newtown are still waiting for their first win in 2019, and after losing 5-0 at the home of the champions in their last outing, Chris Hughes will be looking for a reaction from the Robins on Saturday.

Caernarfon conceded six against Connah’s Quay last Friday to bring their run of four consecutive wins to an abrupt end.

The Cofis haven’t won away at Latham Park since November 2006.

Latest meetings:
Caernarfon 0-3 Newtown (19/10/18)
Newtown 2-0 Caernarfon (17/08/18)

Recent WPL form:
Newtown: ✅❌➖❌❌
Caernarfon: ➖✅✅✅❌

The New Saints v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
The champions will relish the chance to climb back to the top of the WPL table this weekend.

The New Saints are in fine form having won their last six WPL matches without conceding a single goal.

Scott Ruscoe’s Saints eased past Barry Town at home earlier this season (5-1), and TNS are the only side to win away at Barry in the WPL this season.

A win for the Saints would put them one point clear at the top of the table, a Barry win on the other hand would lift the Dragons above TNS to 2nd spot, whilst a draw would mean that the Nomads stay at the summit.

Latest meetings:
Barry Town 0-2 The New Saints (17/11/18)
The New Saints 5-1 Barry Town (12/08/18)

Recent WPL form:
The New Saints: ✅✅✅✅✅
Barry Town: ✅❌✅✅❌

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