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#SBSSWPL Preview – 5/11/17

The Scottish Building Society SWPL season returns on Fireworks Day and it promises to be an explosive day of action in the SWPL 1 and 2.

Scottish Building Society SWPL 1

Relegation Could Be Decided

Last Sunday’s results, Hamilton Academical beating Rangers whilst Aberdeen lost to Glasgow City, means that we could know the team that will be relegated from the SBS SWPL 1 today.

With three games remaining, Aberdeen sit seven points behind Hamilton. The good news for Aberdeen is that they will be playing Hamilton at home.

The season for Aberdeen has seen them pick up just three draws and all three of those points have come whilst playing at home. Their last point came back in September when they drew 2-2 with Rangers.

Hamilton have been in impressive recent form, with two of their wins coming in their past three matches and seven of their points have come since the international break. Last week’s win over Rangers was also their first victory away from The SuperSeal Stadium.

The two games played between the sides in the league have both been won by Hamilton, including the recent game on the 8th October where Mhairi Lyle scored the winning goal.

Title Race Continues

There is a feeling of deja vu as Rangers and Hibernian play each other, after meeting in midweek, although this time the game will be played at Rangers’ ground.

In that game which Hibs won 2-0, Rangers impressed and showed enough to think that they could cause Hibs issues. Whilst third place is now beyond Rangers, they could finish fourth and sit five points behind Stirling University who currently occupy the position.

Hibernian are two points behind Glasgow City at the top of the table, and cannot afford to drop any points if they are to retain ambitions of lifting the trophy.

The other game between the side in the league saw Hibs win 4-2.

The league leaders Glasgow City entertain Stirling University. City, who have gone the season unbeaten, have not conceded a goal in the league since the 17th May. They will understand the dangers Stirling posses though as they were the last team to take points off them, back in August, when they battled to a goalless draw.

Stirling University are sitting in fourth place and are four points behind third. If they lose, it is possible that fourth will be the highest position they can finish.

In the other game played between the sides, City beat Stirling 7-0.

Celtic Look To Secure Third

In the other SBS SWPL 1 game, Spartans host Celtic and depending on the Stirling result, a win could see Celtic secure third place.

Fifth-placed Spartans are seven points behind Celtic and three behind Stirling. They’ve had two difficult games against the top two sides over the past seven days and since the break, they have only picked up five points. In fairness, four of those matches have come against the top three sides.

Celtic have recovered from their blip around the mid-season break and have won four of their past six games, with those two defeats against City and Hibs. They will arrive in the capital full of confidence.

The first game between the sides in the league ended in a 1-1 draw, whilst Celtic were victorious when the two clubs met back in September.

Scottish Building Society SWPL 2

Unlike in the SBS SWPL 1, this is the penultimate round of games.

Fight For Second

With Forfar Farmington already crowned champions the battle for second place is reaching an exciting point, with three points separating three clubs.

Fourth hosts third place as Jeanfield Swifts entertains Motherwell.

Jeanfield have been in impressive form since the mid-season break and have won three of their past four games. That form has seen them move from the bottom end of the table and into contention for second.

Motherwell have been the surprise package of the SBS SWPL 2 and were the team that ran Forfar the closest in the battle of the title. Having gone unbeaten for 13 matches, they have lost their past three games including an entertaining 4-3 defeat to Hearts.

Jeanfield won the first game between the sides 3-0 but Motherwell won the second 3-2 thanks to a late goal.

Glasgow Girls host relegated Buchan and currently sit in second place. They’ve won three of their past four matches, and with their final game coming against Motherwell, three points could prove critical if they are to finish second.

Buchan have been relegated but they could still finish seventh in the league and are two points behind East Fife. They have lost their past five matches.

The two league games between the sides this season have ended in wins for Glasgow Girls.

Battle For Fifth

With two games remaining, Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) and Hearts are levels on points with the two teams due to meet on the final day of the season. Hearts go into the day ahead on goal difference.

EUHV had beaten Forfar Farmington last week but that result has been rescinded due to a team-sheet error. Today, they travel north to relegated East Fife, and not including the Forfar game, EUHV had won three of the previous four games.

East Fife could guarantee that they will finish seventh with a win, depending on the Buchan result. Although they have lost their past two games, before that, they had been on a highly impressive run of form: drawing with Motherwell, Glasgow Girls and Forfar as well as beating Hearts.

The first game between the sides saw EUHV win 3-0, whilst the second game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Hearts entertain champions Forfar Farmington. Wins against Motherwell and Buchan in their past two games hav seen them secure their place in the 2018 SBS SWPL 2.

Forfar Farmington will be wanting to keep their momentum going, despite having secured promotion. They’ve only lost once this season, a defeat to Motherwell back in June.

In April, a late equaliser from Forfar saw them draw 1-1 with Hearts, and the league champions beat Hearts back in August.

Written by
Tim Oliver
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