WPL weekend preview

The two at the top go head to head at the Deeside Stadium on Saturday, and will it be Connah’s Quay or The New Saints that can take a step closer to securing the Welsh Premier League championship?

Friday, 8 March

Aberystwyth v Carmarthen | Friday – 19:45
Aberystwyth are only two points behind Cardiff Met in the race for the play offs, and the Black & Greens will be looking to keep the pressure on the students this Friday.

In their last eight outings, Carmarthen have won and lost every other game in all competitions, so if the pattern is to continue, then the Old Gold should win on Park Avenue this weekend.

That wouldn’t be a big surprise as Aber have not won any of their last six home games against Carmarthen, since 1 January 2015 (Aber 5-3 Carm).

Despite that, there hasn’t been much between the two sides recently as the last four league games between the teams have been drawn.

Last meetings:
Aberystwyth 1-1 Carmarthen (30/11/18)
Carmarthen 2-2 Aberystwyth (22/09/18)

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

Caernarfon v Bala Town | Friday – 19:45
The Cofis are facing a tough challenge in the Top Six in their first season back in the WPL, as Caernarfon have lost four consecutive games for the first time in nine years.

Things haven’t been going smoothly for Bala Town either, as Colin Caton’s side are without a league win in 2019 (lost 4, drawn 1), and are without a clean sheet in the WPL since November.

Only two points separate the sides, and finishing 5th rather than 6th could have an impact on who gets home advantage in the play-offs, so there’s still plenty to play for for both teams.

Last meetings:
Bala Town 1-3 Caernarfon (12/01/19)
Caernarfon 2-2 Bala Town (05/10/18)

Recent WPL form:
Caernarfon: ✅✅❌❌❌
Bala Town: ❌❌❌ ➖❌

Cefn Druids v Llandudno | Friday – 19:45
After the embarrassment of conceding eight at home to TNS in the Welsh Cup last weekend, Llandudno will turn their attention back to the league as the Seasiders have six huge games in front of them to try and catch up with Carmarthen, who are nine points above Llandudno in the safety of the 10th position.

But Cefn Druids will also be up for it, as they have recently won two games on the bounce for the first time this season (vs Aber and Carm).

Llandudno have not won any of their last six games against Huw Griffiths’ Ancients (drawn 3, lost 3).

Last meetings:
Llandudno 0-0 Cefn Druids (26/10/18)
Cefn Druids 2-1 Llandudno (01/09/18)

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

Llanelli v Cardiff Met | Friday – 19:45
With only six games remaining, things are looking bleak for Llanelli who are 11 points from safety at the foot of the WPL table.

Fresh from clinching their place in the Welsh Cup semi finals, Christian Edwards’s students will now be desperate to cement their place at the summit of the Bottom Six to secure their play off spot.

Llanelli’s Reds have only two wins from their last 25 matches in all competitions.

Last meetings:
Cardiff Met 4-0 Llanelli (14/12/18)
Llanelli 0-2 Cardiff Met (12/10/18)

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

Saturday, 9 March

Newtown v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:30
Following three league games without a win, Barry’s title hopes have been slightly hindered as they start the weekend six points behind league leaders, Connah’s Quay.

Newtown have only one win from their last six games, and Chris Hughes’ Robins will need to start picking up some momentum ahead of the play-offs.

Newtown’s Neil Mitchell is likely to make his 200th WPL start for the Robins.

Last meetings:
Barry Town 4-1 Newtown (01/12/18)
Newtown 2-0 Barry Town (06/10/18)

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

Connah’s Quay v The New Saints | Saturday – 17:15 (S4C)
The Nomads have a golden opportunity to go five points clear at the top of the table as they take on fellow title hopefuls, The New Saints on Saturday night.

Connah’s Quay are two points above The New Saints, but the champions do have a game in hand.

Since losing in extra time against Cambrian & Clydach in the League Cup, TNS have gone 13 games without defeat, including their remarkable 1-8 away win at Llandudno last weekend where frontman Greg Draper grabbed five goals.

Andy Morrison’s men have also hit fine form and are unbeaten in seven games (won 6, drawn 1).

The New Saints have won the WPL championship for the last seven years, but is the repetitious dominance about to come to an end…?

Last meetings:
The New Saints 3-0 Connah’s Quay (20/10/18)
Connah’s Quay 1-0 The New Saints (19/08/18)

Recent WPL form:
Connah’s Quay: ❌✅✅ ➖✅
The New Saints: ✅✅✅➖✅

Highlights of all WPL fixtures will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:35 on S4C.