With the festive period fast approaching here’s a briefer than normal preview of the forthcoming weekend’s Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League action.
TNS 1/4 Draw 4/1 Connah’s Quay 8/1 (7:45, Friday)
Dropped points from leaders Bangor City saw TNS reclaim top-spot in the WPL last weekend after a routine 3-1 victory over Port Talbot, without ever having to get out of second-gear. Visitors Connah’s Quay should pose little threat to the Saints despite harbouring ambitions of climbing into the top-six. Verdict: TNS to lead at half-time/full-time at 8/13.
Afan Lido 6/4 Draw 12/5 Aberystwyth 7/5 (7:30, Friday)
Successive 2-1 wins for Lido, has finally given seen the WPL basement side turn their goalscoring form into solid points for the first time since September. And a home win at lowly Aberystwyth could see them go level on points with eleventh-placed Newtown. The Seasiders meanwhile, are turning their attentions to battling against the drop rather than a late assault for a top-six spot. Verdict: Goals at either end will split the points.
Carmarthen EVS Draw 12/5 Port Talbot 11/5 (7:30pm, Friday)
Port Talbot may have the higher league standing but the form-book tells a very different story ahead of their visit to Carmarthen. A win for the Old Gold will well and truly put them in contention for a top-half finish before the league split. Port Talbot combine grit with flair but have won just twice in their last ten league visits to Richmond Park. Verdict: Carmarthen have more fire-power to snatch the points.
Bala Town 15/8 Draw 12/5 Bangor City 11/10 (2:30, Saturday)
A disappointing home defeat for Bala last weekend to Llanelli could prove even more costly should they drop more points when they entertain second-placed Bangor City on Saturday. Bangor winless in two, will be looking to return to winning ways against the Lakesiders who’re winless in three. Verdict: Another home defeat for Bala will see a nail-biting finish at Maes Tegid before the WPL split.
Prestatyn 2/5 Draw 10/3 Newtown 5/1 (3:45, Saturday, live on S4C & online via Sgorio)
Without a game last weekend, Prestatyn will have had plenty of time to recharge their batteries for the visit of Newtown in front of the live cameras. The question hovering over Neil Gibson’s side is can they continue to punch above their weight in the second-half of the season? Another home win would certainly help momentum. Newtown have fallen away since showing early promise and are again scrapping for survival. Verdict: Anything other than a home three-pointer would be quite an upset.
Llanelli v Airbus – no odds given (2:30, Sunday)
Reds boss Bob Jeffrey’s picked up his first win as manager in unexpected circumstances last time out, when his squad of just ELEVEN players ran out 3-1 winners at Bala. As dire as their off-field circumstances maybe, Llanelli are unpredictable. The only certainty in this game will be the poor crowd with the game being played at the same time as Swansea City host Manchester United, live on TV. As questionable decision that may be, Airbus travel down the more likely to snatch the points although Llanelli, if at their best, will prove a stern challenge for the Wingmakers.