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#SBSSWPL Preview – 24/9/17

Scottish Building Society SWPL 1

Aberdeen v Rangers
Heathryfold Park, Kick-off: 2pm

The bottom side of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1, Aberdeen, hosts sixth-placed Rangers.

This is the third home game in a row for Aberdeen but they have yet to pick up a single point in that run, something they will be looking to end today. There are just two points between them and safety so it is not the time to start panicking but with a big game coming up against Hamilton Academical in a fortnights time, they need confidence going into a critical encounter.

Amy McDonald’s Rangers side are travelling up to Aberdeen in a good run of form: picking up four points from the past two matches, and reaching the Semi-Finals of the SSE Scottish Cup. They are in the battle for third place but sitting five points behind that position, they need to pick up as many points as possible if they are to have a chance of finishing there.

This is the fourth time these two sides have met this season. In the two games in the league, Rangers won both matches: winning 1-0 at home and defeating Aberdeen 4-1 at New Tinto Park, the first home win under McDonald. The other game came in the SSE Scottish Cup Second Round which Rangers required extra-time to triumph.

A win could see Aberdeen move up to seventh and safety, whilst Rangers will remain sixth regardless of the result as they are four points behind fifth-placed Celtic.

Glasgow City v Spartans
Petershill Park, Kick-off: 2pm

Glasgow City return to their ‘home’, Petershill Park, as they welcome Spartans, and City could give a debut to new resigning Eilish McSorley.

The title race is so tight at the top and this is the start of an important seven days for both City and their rivals Hibernian. Currently, Glasgow City lead Hibernian by just two points, having played one game extra but with the two title rivals meeting on Thursday, a win against Spartans is important. Since the break, they’ve picked up four points from six. Spartans, of course, are the last team to have beaten City in the league.

Spartans are sitting in third place, but their three-game unbeaten run came to an end last Sunday as they lost 3-0 to Celtic. They are joint-third though only on goal difference, and they will be travelling to City looking to ruin the party. Suzy Shepherd has a young and exciting attacking side that has the capability of causing an upset.

This is the third time these sides have met this season. In the only other encounter in the league, City won 5-0 at Ainslie Park and City triumphed in the Second Round of the SSE Scottish Cup by the same scoreline and venue.

Glasgow City needs to win to be guaranteed in staying top of the table whilst Spartans also need to win to stay third and could drop down to fifth if they lose.

Hamilton Academical v Celtic
The SuperSeal Stadium, Kick-off: 2pm

Seventh-placed Hamilton Academical welcome Celtic to The SuperSeal Stadium in a repeat of the opening game of the season.

That game was won by Celtic 2-1, although they required their keeper Megan Cunningham to produce a superb late save to hold onto the win.

Hamilton are in seventh-place on four points and in a fortnight’s time, play their relegation rivals Aberdeen, so they are coming into an important period of their season. This is their first home game since the mid-season break, having drawn away to Spartans and lost 3-0 to Glasgow City.

Last Sunday, Celtic beat Spartans as they ended a run of poor form as they were knocked out of the SSE Scottish Cup, and losing three games in the league. That run has seen them drop down from third to fifth place, and with one point separating those places, it is going to be a fascinating battle for third place.

This is the third time these sides have met this season. Along with 2-1 win for Celtic on the opening day, Celtic were the winners of the second game by a more comfortable scoreline, 4-0.

Stirling University v Hibernian
Stirling University, Kick-off: 2pm

Stirling University host second-placed Hibernian.

If Stirling University avoids defeat, they will have taken points off every single SWPL 1 side. They are in a fascinating battle for third place and go into the match in fourth-place, but only on goal difference. Since the mid-season break Stirling have drawn both their league games, a goalless draw against Glasgow City before drawing 1-1 with Rangers.

This is actually the first league game that Hibernian have played since the mid-season break, due to Champions League Qualifiers and catching up in the SSE Scottish Cup. They are two points behind their title rivals Glasgow City, and with the two sides meeting this Thursday, it seems that it will be vital that Hibernian picks up three points against Stirling.

In the two league games between the two sides this season, Hibernian have won both winning them 2-0 and 3-0.

Stirling could move up to third with a win but could drop down to fifth if they lose. Hibernian need to win to have any chance of moving up to first.

Scottish Building Society SWPL 2

Forfar Farmington v East Fife
Station Park, Kick-off: 1pm

The SBSSWPL 2 leaders Forfar Farmington host the bottom-placed side East Fife at Station Park.

Forfar Farmington lead the top of the table by eight points with six games remaining. It means that they are three wins away from taking the title but they will be taking it one game at a time. In the four league games since the break, Forfar Farmington has won three matches and drawn the other. They have also reached the Semi-Final of the SSE Scottish Cup.

East Fife have picked up just seven points this season and they could be relegated from the SWPL 2 if they lose and Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale and Hearts both win. They will be looking to pick up as many points left in the season and since the break, they have picked up three draws, including a late equaliser against Glasgow Girls.

In the two meetings between the clubs in the league this season, Forfar Farmington have won both of the matches by 4-1 and 3-0.

Forfar Farmington will remain first regardless of the result, whilst East Fife could climb up to seventh with a win. A draw will keep them in the league for another week.

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale v Jeanfield Swifts
Peffermill Playing Fields, Kick-off: 1pm

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) hosts Jeanfield Swifts with just two points separating the teams, and both clubs in great form.

Since the break, EUHV has been in impressive form. In their four matches, they’ve lost just one (to leaders Forfar Farmington) drawn one and have won the past two matches. That run has seen them increase the gap ahead of the relegation places, and reduce the gap on third place. They are now just five points behind third, and 11 ahead of seventh.

Jeanfield Swifts have picked up the same number of points as EUHV since the break and were unlucky not to take more points against the top two sides in the league. They beat Hearts 3-1 in the last league game and were knocked out of the SSE Scottish Cup Quarter-Final by Glasgow City.

The two league games between the sides have been played at McDiarmid Park this season, with EUHV winning the first match 4-3 and Jeanfield winning the other 2-0.

EUHV will overtake Jeanfield with a win and could climb up to fourth. Meanwhile, Jeanfield could move up one place to third if they win.

Hearts v Glasgow Girls
King’s Park, Kick-off: 2pm

Fifth-placed Hearts host third-placed Glasgow Girls.

Hearts’ title race has long petered out and they will be looking to end a terrible run of form, losing their past four matches. In the whole of the SBSSWPL 2, they are the only side yet to have picked up a point since the mid-season break. That form has seen them drop down to fifth place.

Glasgow Girls will be disappointed by conceding a late equaliser against East Fife but they have picked up some impressive results, including a second-half comeback saw them draw 3-3 with Motherwell. In their past seven matches, they have only lost once and that was against the league leaders.

In the two league games between the sides this season, Hearts won the first encounter 4-1 whilst the sides drew 2-2 in the second match.

Hearts could move up to fourth with a win, whereas they could drop down to sixth if they lose or draw. A point will see Glasgow Girls remain in third, but a defeat could see them drop down to fourth.

Motherwell v Buchan
Ravenscraig Regional Football Centre, Kick-off: 4pm

Motherwell host Buchan looking to increase their unbeaten run to 13 matches.

That run is the best in the league, and it looked like they could push Forfar Farmington in the title race all the way. But two consecutive draws has seen them lose four points to Forfar and seeing the gap increase to eight points. However, as they are still to play Forfar one more time, the title race is not over yet and they will be hoping to extend their run to the end of the season.

Buchan sits in the relegation zone and 11 points from safety and need to pick up points quickly. They cannot be relegated today, but it is getting close to that stage. The win against East Fife looked like they had increased their chances of survival, but they lost their six-pointer against Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale in their last match. But if they can pick up a win, they could keep their hopes alive.

Motherwell have won both of the two league games between the sides, winning the first 4-1 and then the second 5-2.

Motherwell will remain second regardless of the result. Buchan needs to win to remain seventh.

Written by
Tim Oliver
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