Table-topping TNS (1/6) are strong favourites to notch their fourth win on the bounce at the expense of Newtown (11/1) on Saturday, in what should prove to be another exciting weekend in the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League.
TNS have found their form in recent weeks with dominant victories over Bangor, Port Talbot and Connah’s Quay and are expected to be at full-strength once again for visit of seventh placed Newtown. The Robins will be bolstered by the return of defensive duo Max Penk and Andy Jones, and centre-forward Luke Boundford; although Bernard McNally’s side would happily settle for the draw at 5/1.
Prestatyn (8/15) trail in second on goal difference (+13, two less than TNS) and are likely to need a significant winning margin in Saturday afternoon’s live TV game, over Aberystwyth (4/1) to claim top spot on Saturday night. The two sides have endured contrasting campaigns thus far with Prestatyn remarkably over-achieving, whilst Aberystwyth are yet to string together a productive run of results. Aber have defensive and midfield injury worries going into this one and could well end up empty-handed.
Two of the league’s strongest sides in recent years clash at Nantporth, with Bangor City 1/2 favourites to see off Llanelli (5/1). Bangor – just a point behind TNS and Prestatyn – will be keen to build on recent form having taken six points in their last two games. A repeat of last weekend’s classy 5-0 victory over Bala should be enough for Nev Powell’s side to pick up a third straight win. Llanelli earned a credible draw at Airbus last weekend in difficult off-field circumstances, and the team which won against Afan Lido on Tuesday night is likely to be very similar to the one that plays on Saturday.
Carmarthen (11/8) could hand a debut to TNS loanee Sam Quigley as manager Mark Aizlewood moved to add some much needed fire-power to his under-performing side, who are winless in seven attempts. After a solid start, Connah’s Quay ( 13/8) look like they’re on the wobble following promotion and are coming of successive defeats for the first time this season, despite lying in fifth. Connah’s Quay have scored in every league fixture this season but will be without key-striker Gary O’Toole for their visit to South Wales. My hunch is for Carmarthen’s home advantage to shade it in the second-half at 5/1 for the double result: Draw/Carmarthen
Airbus are evens to pile more misery on bottom-of-the-table Afan Lido (11/5) who are looking to avoid a fifth-straight defeat. Airbus have lost just once on the road so far and it is hard to see past the Wingmakers for Saturday’s encounter. Both sides played in the League Cup midweek and have suspension worries to content with, Alex Gammond (Afan Lido) and Ryan Wade (Airbus) both missing out.
Bala Town (10/11) complete this weekend’s round of fixtures as they play host to Port Talbot (9/4) on Sunday afternoon. Bala, thrashed 5-0 at Bangor last weekend, salvaged back some pride with a 6-1 League Cup win midweek against the same, although weakened, opposition. Port Talbot, sixth, have certainly added more steel to their side this year and the two clubs could share the spoils at 5/2.
ENHANCED ODDS CORBETT SPORTS SPEICAL:
Airbus UK, Prestatyn & Bala Town All To Win – 11/2
Afan Lido 11/5 Draw 12/5 Airbus EVS
Bangor 1/2 Draw 11/4 Llanelli 5/1
Carmarthen 11/8 Draw 9/4 Connah’s Quay 13/8
TNS 1/6 Draw 5/1 Newtown 11/1
Prestatyn 8/15 Draw 3/1 Aberystwyth 4/1
Bala Town 10/11 Draw 5/2 Port Talbot 9/4