A comprehensive 3-0 win over title rivals Bangor City last weekend saw TNS reclaim pole-position in the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League. The Saints snapped a three-game scoreless streak last time out and are 3/10 to take all three points in their home encounter, this weekend, against a stubborn Port Talbot outfit; who’re themselves enjoying a run of five-match unbeaten run in the league, and are priced 7/1 to record a rare victory at Park Hall.
The winners of Friday night’s match between second-placed Prestatyn (4/6) and fourth-placed Connah’s Quay (10/3) will go top for a few hours at least, as the season’s two surprise teams go head-to-head. With Prestatyn’s strike partnership of Jason Price and Andy Parkinson boasting a tally of 11 league goals between them already this season; you can get 4/9 on there being over 2.5 goals, whilst 5/2 on Connah’s Quay picking up their first draw of the season does look interesting.
Having reassembled what is virtually a brand new squad during the off-season, Andy Preece’s Airbus UK (4/7) are showing signs of becoming a considerable force in the Welsh top-flight. The Wingmakers have been formidable in front of goal in recent weeks – scoring 11 in their last two league outings – and are coming off the back of a 7-1 thrashing of Newtown. Aberystwyth’s (4/1) brittle defence could be badly exposed against a side that is high in confidence and now showing signs of cohesion.
Carmarthen Town (9/2) manager Mark Aizlewood was left sorely disappointed with his side’s showing during their 3-0 defeat at Bala Town last weekend. And the Old Gold will face a stiff test once again on Saturday as Bangor City (1/2) arrive in town, with their pride dented having also lost 3-0, to rivals TNS. Aizlewood has challenged his players to step up to the mark in a bid to move up the league ladder from their current 9th position and 11/4 is the price for the two sides to split the points and claim a draw.
Llanelli (4/6) have plenty of distractions off-field, but in the face of adversity did manage to record a 2-0 victory at Aberystwyth last weekend. With the club’s financial worries seemingly coming to head the Llanelli squad will be looking to make an impression for all the right reasons on their home turf but face a strong Bala Town side (10/3), who appear to be coming into form following a sluggish start. Both sides will fancy themselves going into this one. 5/2 is the price for them to cancel each other out and draw.
Afan Lido (5/4) and Newtown (7/4) complete this week’s roundup and feature in the later 3:45 kick-off (televised and streamed online live by Sgorio). Both sides will looking to bounce back after suffering heavy defeats last Saturday. Lido were dealt a 6-4 reverse at Connah’s Quay, whilst Newtown were crushed at home 7-1 by Airbus UK. Both sides – currently occupying 10th and 8th spots respectively – struggled at the wrong end of the table last season and three points for either team would allay fears of slipping into old habits.
MY BET OF THE WEEK:
Three draws: Prestatyn v Connah’s Quay, Carmarthen Town v Bangor City and Llanelli v Bala Town. £10 stake gives £459.38 return.
Prestatyn 4/6 Draw 5/2 Connah’s Quay 10/3
Airbus UK 4/7 Draw 13/5 Aberystwyth 4/1
Carmarthen 9/2 Draw 11/4 Bangor City 1/2
Llanelli 4/6 Draw 5/2 Bala Town 10/3
TNS 3/10 Draw 7/2 Port Talbot 7/1
Afan Lido 5/4 Draw 9/4 Newtown 7/4