WPL weekend preview

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The top three all play at home this weekend as the race for the title hots up…

Friday, 8 February

Connah’s Quay v Caernarfon | Friday – 19:45
Connah’s Quay start the weekend top of the table, and after losing at home to Caernarfon in the first phase the Nomads will be hoping to redeem themselves on Friday to secure their first home win against the Cofis in the WPL since 2008.

Caernarfon have only lost one of their last 12 matches in all competitions and the Canaries are currently on a run of four consecutive wins having beaten Carmarthen, Bala Town, Bangor City and Barry Town in the last few weeks.

Despite being at the summit, Andy Morrison’s Nomads have not kept a clean sheet in their last nine matches, but club captain George Horan will be hoping for a solid defensive display in his 250th WPL start for Connah’s Quay.

The clubs will meet again next month in the Welsh Cup quarter final live on Sgorio’s Facebook page.

Last meetings:
Caernarfon 0-0 Connah’s Quay (26/10/18)
Connah’s Quay 0-1 Caernarfon (11/09/18)

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

Llanelli v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
Llanelli remain six points from safety after their goalless draw against Cefn Druids last weekend.

The Reds were dealt a serious blow as their new signing Leon Britton suffered a broken foot on Saturday in only his second appearance for Llanelli.

Aberystwyth were also held to a draw in their last outing to bring a run of seven consecutive defeats to an end.

The Black & Greens are now only two points behind Cardiff Met in the race for the play-offs.

Aber have won the previous two meetings this season by three goals to one.

Last meetings:
Llanelli 1-3 Aberystwyth (26/10/18)
Aberystwyth 3-1 Llanelli (31/08/18)

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

The New Saints v Newtown | Friday – 19:45
The New Saints are on a roll, have won six on the bounce and are only two points from the top with a game in hand.

Since their 1-1 draw with Bala Town in December, the Saints have scored 23 goals in five league matches (4.6 goals a game), and have not conceded once.

Newtown are still waiting for their first win in 2019, and after going down 4-0 at Park Hall last month, it could be another long evening for Chris Hughes’ side on Friday.

Last meetings:
The New Saints 4-0 Newtown (04/01/19)
Newtown 1-1 The New Saints (27/10/18)

Recent WPL form:
The New Saints: ✅✅✅✅✅
Newtown: ✅✅❌➖❌

Saturday, 9 February

Llandudno v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
With nine games to go until the end of the WPL season, Llandudno have a mountain to climb as they are 10 points off safety following a run of 17 league games without a win.

Llandudno are without a win in the WPL since beating Cardiff Met back in September (Met 0-1 Llno).

After winning three of their last four league games, Carmarthen are now within three points of Cardiff Met in the race for the play-offs.

The Old Gold have been charged by the FAW for fielding an ineligible player against Llanelli on New Year’s Day and the club could face their punishment in the coming days.

Last meetings:
Llandudno 1-2 Carmarthen (17/11/18)
Carmarthen 0-0 Llandudno (18/08/18)

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

Barry Town v Bala Town | Saturday – 19:30 (S4C)
This Saturday Barry Town will look to get the better of Bala Town for the third time this season to stay in the title race.

Barry have won 10 of their 11 home games in the WPL this season with only TNS winning away at Jenner Park so far.

The Lakesiders have lost their last three league matches, conceding at least three goals in all those matches and slid down to 6th spot.

Last meetings:
Bala Town 0-1 Barry Town (27/10/18)
Barry Town 3-2 Bala Town (19/08/18)

Recent WPL form:
Barry Town: ✅❌✅✅❌
Bala Town: ✅✅❌❌❌

Sunday, 10 February

Cardiff Met v Cefn Druids | Sunday – 14:30
Cardiff Met’s impressive run of five wins on the bounce came to an end at Richmond Park last Saturday, but the students remain in poll position in the Bottom Six.

Cefn Druids are still waiting for their first win in 2019 after six games without a victory in all competitions.

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.

Last meetings:
Cefn Druids 1-1 Cardiff Met (20/10/18)
Cardiff Met 1-0 Cefn Druids (09/09/18)

Recent WPL form:
Cardiff Met: ❌✅✅✅❌
Cefn Druids: ❌❌❌➖➖

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