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#SBSSWPL 2018 Preview – 08-09/05/18

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Stirling University v Forfar Farmington
Stirling University – 7.30pm

Fresh from defeat to Hibernian, Stirling University will look to bounce back and climb up the table. Their loss on Sunday left them seventh, just two points from bottom. On the other hand, they’re only six points from third. This is only their second home game of the season with their last home match a convicing 3-0 win over Hamilton. They’ll look for a similar performance again.

Forfar Farmington come into this one off the back of a huge win over Rangers. They were 4-0 up with 89 minutes gone before conceeding two injury time goals. That win though has meant they are now fifth in the league and three points from bottom. If they can pick up another win, it’ll be a great first third of the season for the newly promoted side.

A win for Forfar will bring them level on points with Rangers but it’s unlikely they’ll overturn the goal difference to climb above them. A win for Stirling will lift them above Forfar and possibly fifth, depending on Spartans’ result. With Hamilton not playing this midweek, a loss for either side won’t see them drop into the relegation spot.

Spartans v Celtic
Ainslie Park, Edinburgh – 7.45pm

Spartans come into this one after a painful defeat to Hamilton Academical on Sunday. That 2-0 loss gave Hamilton their first win of the season and meant that Spartans are just two points from bottom. With Spartans having played a game more than the teams around them, they’ll be looking to pick up points quickly. This will be a tough match though against third placed Celtic and so far they’ve not won at home (two loses and one draw). However, they did secure a 0-0 draw away to Celtic back on March 18th.

For Celtic, they’ve had two of their toughest games of the season against Hibernian and Glasgow City. Failing to pick up any points has left them unlikely to challenge for the title but they know they have two more matches against the top two to come. If they are to challenge, they’ll need to beat every other team in the league for the rest of the season and that includes tonight. They’re away form will give them confidence though with two wins from two.

With Hibernian and Glasgow City not playing, Celtic can close the gap to three points (though they’ll have played two games more) with a win. If Spartans get three points, they’ll go five points clear of bottom placed Hamilton and could climb to fifth. A draw or loss will leave Celtic in their current place but Spartans could drop to seventh.

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FC Kilmarnock v Central Girls FA
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock – 7.30pm (Tuesday 8th May)

FC Kilmarnock had their title hopes dented with a 2-0 loss away to Motherwell on Sunday. Given how many goals Motherwell have been scoring, it was an impressive result for the newly promoted side but they’ll be disappointed that they’re now five points adrift of the title. They’ll be hoping to try and keep pace with another win against the other promoted side. In the early fixture between the sides in Alloa, FC Kilmarnock prevailed with a 2-1 win.

For Central Girls, they picked up their first points of 2018 since the opening day. While it was only a draw, the one point could give them confidence to start turning close defeats into draws or wins. That result also means that are just two points from safety and win tonight could lift them out of the relegation zone for the first time since earlier on in the season.

A win for FC Kilmarnock could see them up to second and just two points from top, depending on other results. A win for Central could see them up sixth and out of the relegation zone. A draw or a loss will likely keep FC Kilmarnock third. For Central, they’ll remain bottom with a loss but will likely jump over EUHV should they draw and EUHV lose.

St Johnstone v Aberdeen
McDiarmid Park, Perth – 7.30pm

It was another mixed result for St Johnstone on Sunday, coming away with a draw to bottom placed Central Girls. It was their first draw of the season which has seen them win three and lose three, leaving them middle of the table. They’ll be looking for consistency for the remainder of the season, starting with their next two home games against two sides in the bottom half of the league.

Aberdeen have found life difficult since relegation to Scottish Building Society SWPL 2. They sit sixth in the table, just one place and one point above the relegation zone. They also come into this match after a tough defeat at home to Glasgow Girls. They were 2-0 up and comfortable at half-time, only for Glasgow Girls to fight back and win 3-2. They’ll need to pick themselves up and draw upon their opening day win away, their only points away from home in their four games on the road.

A win for St Johnstone is unlikely to lift them higher in the league given goal difference but Aberdeen could climb above Glasgow Girls and into fifth. A draw or a loss could mean St Johnstone drop down to fifth and Aberdeen could go bottom with either outcome, depending on other results.

Motherwell v Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale
Fir Park Stadium, Motherwell – 7.30pm

Five points clear at the top of the table and six wins in a row. It doesn’t get better for the title favourites. They play tonight at Fir Park against a side who they defeated 8-0 earlier on in the season. They’ll be clear favourites for this one as they look to maintain their gap on second and third.

For Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV), it has been a tough start to the 2018 season. Just one win and two draws from their opening six games leaves them second bottom and in the relegation zone. It’s a case of what could have been though, especially on Sunday after losing 1-0 to Hearts with the last kick of the ball. They’ll have nothing to lose in this one with Motherwell the strong favourites, so they’ll hope to better their hevay loss early in the season.

If Motherwell win, they’ll maintain their gap at the top. Should they draw or lose, they’ll remain top. For EUHV, a win could see them above Aberdeen depending on their result. A draw is unlikely to see EUHV above Aberdeen but a draw or a loss could see them finish the day bottom of the league.

Glasgow Girls v Hearts
Greenfield Football Centre, Glasgow – 8pm

The final game of these midweek fixtures will see two of the teams in the best form go head-to-head.

Glasgow Girls have won three of their last four games, with their one loss coming against Motherwell. It’s the sort of form that has propelled them from bottom to fifth in a very short space of time. Should they continue that run, they’ll only be one point behind Hearts and catching up on the teams in the top half of the table.

For Hearts, they’ve also won three of their last four games. While they won their match against EUHV on Sunday with a very last minute goal, it still sealed the points and put them second in the league. The only concern for the Edinburgh side will be their away form which they’ve lost one and drawn one from their two games.

If Hearts win, they’ll at least maintain the gap with Motherwell and could catch-up should Motherwell not win. If Glasgow Girls win or draw, they could jump into the top half of the table. If Hearts draw, they’ll remain in the top three. Even a loss is unlikely to see St Johnstone jump above them. If Glasgow Girls lose, they cant drop below sixth and into the relegation zone.

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