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#SBSSWPL 2018 Preview – 03/06/18

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Forfar Farmington v Hamilton Academical
Station Park, Forfar – 1.00 pm KO

Forfar Farmington had an incredible May, winning four out of five games. Perhaps, more impressively, the fact that all five of those games came away from home. They return to Station Park this Sunday and will be hoping to continue their fantastic form which has seen them climb up the table to fourth.

While Hamilton haven’t had quite as an impressive run, they will be over the moon after last Sunday’s result. They were 1-0 down at home to Stirling with around 15 minutes left before fighting back to win the match 2-1. That result lifted them off the bottom of the table and they’re now only three points from fifth place.

No matter what the result, Forfar cannot move in the table so will finish the day in fourth. Hamilton could potentially climb up to fifth with a win. If they draw or lose, they could slip back to bottom should Spartans win.

Spartans v Hibernian
Ainslie Park, Edinburgh – 1.00 pm KO

It’s always a slightly odd encounter between these two with both teams calling Ainslie Park their home. For Spartans, they’ll be looking for any advantage possible as they look to stop a slide of four loses in a row and not having won since the 15th of April. It’s this form that has seen them slip to bottom of the table after Hamilton’s win over Stirling last Sunday.

Hibernian will come into this match, as with most, as favourites to come away with three points. They remain the only unbeaten team in all competitions and while they’re three points behind Glasgow City, they’ve played a game less. The pressure is on though as they know they need to win every single game should they want to claim the league title.

Hibernian could climb up to first should they win by a couple of goals and Glasgow City lose. If Hibs draw, they’ll remain second but a loss could see them slip to third though it’s unlikely due to their goal difference. For Spartans, a win could lift them up to as high as sixth while a draw could see them out of the relegation zone. If they lose, they’ll remain bottom.

Rangers v Celtic
New Tinto Park, Glasgow – 2.00pm KO

It’s an Old Firm derby as Rangers host Celtic. For Rangers, May was a month to forget as they lost all five games. While it’s a poor run, three of those games were against Hibernian and Glasgow City. This ends perhaps one of the hardest runs of games they’ll face and they’ll aim to make up for their 3-0 loss on the opening day of the season to Celtic.

For Celtic, they’ll be looking to continue a good run which has seen them win their last three games. While the SWPL Cup loss to Hibernian was a huge blow, they remain a threat in the league and are just six points from top of the table. They know they’ll be the favourites for this match and hoping to pick up another three points against their rivals.

If Celtic win, they could jump to second but it’s unlikely given their inferior goal difference. If they draw or lose, they won’t be overtaken by Forfar Farmington. If Rangers win, they can’t climb above their current position. If they draw, they could drop to sixth and a loss could see them potentially fall to seventh.

Stirling University v Glasgow City
Stirling University Sports Ground – 4.00pm KO

The last game of the day in SBSSWPL 1 is between Stirling and Glasgow. The home side come into this match having lost their last two matches. Their 2-1 loss to Hamilton last Sunday was perhaps more painful for having been a goal ahead before Hamilton scoring the winner with five minutes remaining. While Stirling will be underdogs in this match, they have had positive results against Glasgow City at home in the past and will be hoping for another one.

Glasgow City just keep on winning as their search for 12-in-a-row continues. They remain unbeaten in the league with eight wins and two draws (both against Hibernian) and are top of the table, now three points clear of Hibernian having played a game more. As with Hibernian, they know it’s very likely they’ll need to win every remaining league game.

If Glasgow City win or draw, they’ll remain top. Should they lose, it’s possible they’ll drop to second. Should Stirling win or draw, they could jump up to fifth in the league. A loss could potentially leave Stirling bottom should both Spartans and Hamilton win.

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Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale v Central Girls
Peffermill Playing Fields, Edinburgh – 1.05pm KO

It might be too early to consider games as ‘six pointers’ but this would be one in SBSSWPL 2. Both teams are in the bottom two of the league and with two teams relegated, both sides are looking to pick up points. This is even more so given that fifth placed Hearts are seven points clear of the bottom three which is becoming a sort of ‘min-league’.

In the middle of the pack is Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) who are seventh. Their draw away to Glasgow Girls, impressive given they were 2-0 down at half-time, has brought them level with Aberdeen on seven points but are below them on goal difference. Having drawn their last two games, they’ll be hoping to turn these results into wins and get out of the relegation zone.

For Central Girls, they remain bottom of the league but just two points from safety. While they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season last Sunday to Motherwell, they can take positives from the fact they managed to hold on against the league leaders for the majority of the first half. If they can also turn their loses, most of which have been by a goal, into draws and wins they will have a strong chance of escaping the drop.

If either side wins, they could climb out of the relegation zone should Aberdeen draw or lose while the loser will finish bottom. If the match ends in a draw, EUHV could still climb up to sixth but Central would remain bottom.

Aberdeen v Motherwell
Aberdeen Sports Village – 4.00pm KO

For Aberdeen, their run without a win is now six games with their last point coming on May 13th in a draw to Central Girls. Having faced second placed FC Kilmarnock on Sunday and losing 1-5, they face the side at the top of the table. Plus, with EUHV and Central Girls playing each other, they know they’ll ideally want to pick up points from this one.

Motherwell are in pole position to claim the league title having won their last nine matches. They remain eight points clear at just under the halfway point having scored 46 goals in 10 games. While there is a lot more football to come, they are certainly going to tough opposition to catch.

If Motherwell win, they could extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points. They can’t drop from top if they draw or lose. If Aberdeen win, they can’t climb up the league. If they draw or lose, they could potentially drop into the relegation zone.

FC Kilmarnock v Hearts
St Josephs Academy, Kilmarnock – 4.00pm KO

FC Kilmarnock come into this match having solidified their position as second in the table. Their comprehensive victory over Aberdeen kept them within eight points of Motherwell. While catching the league leaders will be a tough ask, they know they’ll need to win the majority, if not all, of their remaining games.

While Hearts sit fifth in the table, they are just five points behind FC Kilmarnock. A bad run of three games without a win has seen them slip down the table and while they are very unlikely to challenge for the title, they’ll want to finish second and cause other teams problems. That starts this Sunday against Kilmarnock.

If FC Kilmarnock win, they’ll at worst remain eight points from top and stay second. If they draw they’ll remain second and even if they lose, they’ll likely remain in position. If Hearts win, they could climb as high as third. If they draw, they could climb up to fourth. A loss would see them remain fifth.

Glasgow Girls v St Johnstone
Budhill Football Pitch, Glasgow – 4pm KO

It’s third versus fourth in SBSSWPL as both teams look to get back to winning ways. For Glasgow Girls, they’d won five out of six games before their draw at home to EUHV last Sunday. It was result that saw them lose ground on the top two and possibly make Motherwell uncatchable. They’ll certainly need to win all of their remaining games if they are to challenge for the title.

For St Johnstone, they’ve found consistency having drawn three and won one of their last four matches. This run of unbeaten games has left them fourth and four points from second. Similar to Glasgow Girls, they’d need to win every single game should they want to challenge Motherwell who are 12 points ahead.

If Glasgow Girls win, they’ll remain third as it’s unlikely they’ll overtake FC Kilmarnock’s superior goal difference. If they draw they could drop to fourth and they could finish the day fifth if they lose. If St Johnstone win, they’ll leapfrog Glasgow Girls into third. If they draw or lose, they could drop to fifth.

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