With the majority of the weekend’s action being played on Friday night, let’s start with the new Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League leaders Prestatyn (15/8), who visit Airbus UK (11/10) in what is arguably the game of the weekend.
The league’s joint highest-scorers have each gone from strength to strength in their opening ten games but Prestatyn can expect their fine seven-game unbeaten run to be severely tested. Influential forward Ryan Wade is suspended for Airbus UK who’re coming off a five-game unbeaten run of their own. 15/8 is a great price on the league leaders but write of Airbus at your peril.
TNS (8/15) could return to turn the top of the table with three points at Aberystwyth (9/2) as the league’s meanest defence takes on one of the league’s worst. With four points from their last two, Aber may well be harbouring plans of a revival to push themselves into top-six reckoning but in TNS, the Seasiders face a wounded animal who’re likely to still be smarting from an unexpected home defeat to Newtown last weekend.
Connah’s Quay (6/5) will be looking forward to entertaining Bala Town (7/4) at the Deeside stadium, having snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win at Carmarthen last week. Another three points would certainly add weight to the Nomads’ top-six aspirations but they face a Bala Town side who are showing signs – slowly albeit – of climbing the table from their current ninth position. John Irving (knee) joins Conall Murtagh and Ross Jefferies on the Bala absentee list. It’s hard to separate the two at present and the draw is 12/5.
Under the stewardship of Andy Legg, Llanelli (1/2) are beginning to look like the Llanelli of old despite their off-field problems and should add another victory under their belts at the expense of basement side Afan Lido (5/1). Martin Rose and Luke Bowen have been in fine form of late and a highly credible 2-1 win at Bangor City last time out, tees the Reds up nicely for this one. On a six-game losing stretch, there is every reason to fear that Afan Lido’s patch-work squad have already run out of steam after an encouraging start. Despite their lowly league-position, Lido do still manage to hit the back of the net on a consistent basis, although Manager Paul Reid has his work cut out in stopping the rot as his squad hit a confidence sapping run.
In the only game of the weekend to kick-off at the traditional Welsh Premier League time of 2:30, Port Talbot (13/5) encounter a Bangor City (4/5) side keen to bounce back from a home defeat to Llanelli. After an uninspiring defeat to Bala last Sunday, Port Talbot are at full-strength for the visit of the Citizens, in what is usually a fiercely contested encounter with both teams capable of scrapping for points.
There is no doubt whom the momentum will be with in Saturday’s televised game (S4C and live online) between Newtown (4/5) against Carmarthen (13/5). Newtown caused the shock result of the season so far by recording a famous 1-0 win away to TNS last weekend – whilst at the same time, Carmarthen were crashing to their fourth straight defeat to Connah’s Quay. Loanee Sam Quigley is set to make his first-start in an attempt to add some much-needed fire power to the Carmarthen front-line but the Old Gold will be vulnerable with first-choice goalkeeper Steven Cann suspended. The hosts are at near full-strength and are boosted by the return to fitness of Luke Boundford, a fifth-straight defeat for Carmarthen would turn the heat up on manager Mark Aizlewood.
CORBETT SPORTS ENHANCED ODDS BET OF THE WEEK:
TNS, Connah’s Quay, Llanelli & Newtown All To Win – 9/1
Aberystwyth 9/2 Draw 13/5 TNS 8/15
Airbus UK 11/10 Draw 12/5 Prestatyn 15/8
Connah’s Quay 6/5 Draw 12/5 Bala Town 7/4
Llanelli 1/2 Draw 13/5 Afan Lido 5/1
Port Talbot 13/5 Draw 13/5 Bangor City 4/5
Newtown 4/5 Draw 13/5 Carmarthen 13/5
Prices subject to change.