WPL weekend preview

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The international fixtures and the Irn Bru Cup final might take the main focus this weekend, but there’s also plenty to play for in the Welsh Premier League…

Friday, 22 March

Llandudno v Aberystwyth | Friday – 19:45
With only five games left and eight points separating Llandudno and the safety of the 10th position, its fair to say that anything less than a win on Saturday would not be good enough for the Maesdu men.

Llandudno went on a run of 17 league matches without a win between September-February, but things have improved lately as the team have only lost one of their last five WPL matches (won 2, drawn 2, lost 1).

Aberystwyth have won three of their last four games and are nipping at the heels of Cardiff Met in the race for 7th place.

Last meetings:
Aberystwyth 1-1 Llandudno (01/02/19)
Llandudno 0-1 Aberystwyth (20/10/18)
Aberystwyth 1-0 Llandudno (10/08/18)

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

The New Saints v Bala Town | Friday – 19:45
The New Saints will look to reclaim top spot on Friday night as they set their sights on their eighth consecutive WPL title.

TNS are on a 14 match unbeaten run and are back in the driving seat in this season’s title race following their most recent win against Connah’s Quay (0-2).

Bala Town beat Barry Town 0-2 last weekend to pick up their first league win since Boxing Day.

Both meetings between these sides in the first phase were drawn, but TNS have never lost a WPL match against Bala Town (won 19, drawn 11, lost 0).

Last meetings:
Bala Town 1-1 YSN (14/12/18)
YSN 0-0 Bala Town (21/09/18)

Recent WPL form:
The New Saints: ✅✅➖✅✅
Bala Town: ❌ ➖❌❌✅

Saturday, 23 March

Llanelli v Cefn Druids | Saturday – 14:30
Llanelli could be relegated from the WPL on Saturday – if Carmarthen beat Cardiff Met then Llanelli would have to win against the Druids to avoid being relegated this weekend.

But the Reds could take confidence from the fact that Cefn Druids are the only WPL side not to beat Llanelli this season.

Cefn Druids have not won a league match at Stebonheath Park since September 2004.

Last meetings:
Cefn Druids 0-0 Llanelli (02/02/19)
Llanelli 2-0 Cefn Druids (17/11/18)
Cefn Druids 2-3 Llanelli (18/08/18)

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

Cardiff Met v Carmarthen | Saturday – 14:30
Cardiff Met will be looking to take a step closer to securing 7th spot and a place in the end of season European play-offs.

The students have been in fine form recently winning nine of their last 11 matches, keeping eight clean sheets in that time (scoring 25, conceding 4).

The Old Gold on the other hand have lost four of their last six matches, but have not lost any of their previous three league games against the Archers this season.

Last meetings:
Carmarthen 1-0 Cardiff Met (02/02/19)
Cardiff Met 1-1 Carmarthen (28/10/18)
Cardiff Met 3-1 Carmarthen (25/09/18) Nathaniel MG Cup Second Round
Carmarthen 2-0 Cardiff Met (01/09/18)

Recent WPL form:
Cardiff Met: ❌✅✅❌✅
Carmarthen: ✅❌✅❌❌

Barry Town v Caernarfon | Saturday – 14:30
After five league games without a win, Barry Town have fallen out of the WPL title race.

But finishing in 3rd place has been enough to secure an European spot in the last four seasons, therefore the aim for Barry now will be to put some light between themselves and Newtown (4th) who are only six points behind the Dragons.

A win for the Canaries would put them level on points with the Robins as Sean Eardley’s Cofis aim to finish as high as possible in their first season back in the top flight.

Last meetings:
Caernarfon 2-0 Barry Town (02/02/19)
Barry Town 2-1 Caernarfon (22/12/18)
Caernarfon 0-1 Barry Town (15/09/18)

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

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