Scottish Women's Premier League

#SBSSWPL 2018 Preview – 20/06/18

June 19th 2018

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Scottish Building Society SWPL 1

Stirling University v Celtic
Stirling University Sports Ground – 7.15pm KO

Stirling come into this match on a three game losing streak in the league with their last victory coming over a month ago to Rangers on May 13th. Perhaps most disappointingly for Stirling was their 1-2 loss to Hamilton Academical on May 27th, esepcially after being a goal up. A win would have left them eight points from relegation but that defeat meant (and still means) they are just three points away from bottom.

For Celtic, they were on a three game winning streak up until their last game against Rangers. That 3-2 loss as effectively ended any chance of challenging for the title as they’re nine points behind Glasgow City after 11 games. They’ll now need to focus on remaining third with Forfar Farmington just two points behind.

If Celtic win or draw, they’ll likely remain third but can’t climb higher. If they lose, Forfar Farmington could jump above them with a win. If Stirling win, they’ll remain sixth but can’t climb above Rangers. If they draw they can’t end the day bottom but that could happen if they lose.

Hamilton Academical v Glasgow City
Hamilton Palace Sports Ground – 7.15pm KO

Hamilton will have been disappointed not to have come away with anything in their last outing against Forfar Farmington. On their travels they were denied a penalty that could have brought the scores level if converted. Instead, they came away with nothing and remained a point from safety thanks to Spartans losing. They’re building up momentum though, especially after a big 3-1 over Rangers AET in the Scottish Cup.

Glasgow City remain top of the table, three points ahead of Hibernian having played a game more. They’re on a four game winning streak and remain unbeaten in the league. They’ve also shown in their last outings that their finding their clinical touch, scoring 16 goals in their last four matches. They’ll be strong favourites again to come away with another win against second bottom.

If City win or draw, their guaranteed to remain top. If they lose and Hibs win, they’ll possibly finish the day second. If Hamilton win, they could jump up the league to sixth. If they draw or lose, they could return to bottom of the league if Spartans win.

Hibernian v Forfar Farmington
Peffermill 3G, Edinburgh – 7.30pm KO

The only unbeaten side this season in all competitions, Hibernian, look to keep that run going in their challenge for the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 title. They’re three points behind Glasgow City but have played a game less. The most pleasing thing for the Hibees during their last league games will be the number of goals they’ve scored, 17 in three. This has shown the quality they have and cut down the goal difference between the top two.

Forfar Farmington are one of the inform teams in the league. They’ve won five of their last six league games, four of those wins were also away from home. They know this will be another challenge entirely given the strength that Hibernian have shown but they’ll take confidence from the fact they only lost 1-0 to Glasgow City and were unlucky to have come away with nothing.

If Hibernian win, they could jump to first if Glasgow City lose. If they draw or lose, they can’t fall down the table but it would dent their title chances. If Forfar win, they could jump above Celtic to third. A draw or loss wouldn’t impact their current position.

Rangers v Spartans
New Tinto Park, Glasgow – 8pm KO

Rangers picked up a slightly surprising victory over Celtic in their last outing. Having lost all five games in May, they faced a Celtic side who had won three games on the bounce. However, Rangers took their chances to win 3-2 and are now seven points from bottom.

Their opposition, Spartans, know this is a big game in their fight for league survival. They’ve lost their last five matches as they slipped below Hamilton into the relegation spot. However, four of those loses have been against the top four. While Rangers are fifth, they’ll see this as a good chance to pick up points.

No matter the result, Rangers cannot move in the table. If Spartans win, they could jump up to sixth in the league. If they draw they could climb up to seventh but a loss would leave them bottom.

Scottish Building Society SWPL 2

Central Girls v Aberdeen
Inchyra Park, Grangemouth – 7.30pm KO

It’s another bottom versus second bottom match for Central Girls after Aberdeen slipped to seventh in the last set of fixtures. It means another huge game for Central Girls who are five points from safety. Their last loss to Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale was a big blow, but they’ll know the magnitude of this game as they look to build on the 2-2 draw between the two sides on May 13th.

For Aberdeen, it has been a tough run of results and they’re now without a win in over two months. In that time they’ve played seven, losing five and drawing two. However, their most recent result was perhaps a huge boost to their confidence. While they slipped into the relegation zone, a 1-1 draw with league leaders Motherwell was a surprising result. They’ll hope to build upon that and get themselves back to safety.

If Central Girls win, they’ll jump above Aberdeen. If they draw or lose, they’ll finish the day bottom. If Aberdeen win, they could climb out of the relegation zone. If they draw or lose, they’ll remain seventh.

Hearts v Motherwell
Kings Park, Dalkeith – 7.30pm KO

Hearts have the difficult task of facing league leaders, Motherwell. However, despite their quality, they’ll take confidence in the fact it was a close game in the last match between the two and that Motherwell could only draw with Aberdeen in their last outing. Hearts have drawn their last two games and will want to pick up points to battle for a place in the top four.

Motherwell are still strong title favourites with an eight point advantage with ten games left. However, their draw with Aberdeen last time out was proof that there still could be twists and turns this season. Motherwell will hope to return to form and make their quality show again.

No matter the result, Motherwell will remain top but could extend their lead to 11 points at the top. If Hearts win, they could jump up to third and a draw could allow them to reach fourth. If they lose, they’ll remain fifth.

EUHV v St Johnstone
Peffermill Playing Fields, Edinburgh – 8pm KO

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) come into this match in good form and having raised themselves out of the relegation zone. They’re unbeaten in their last three games and beat Central Girls 2-0 in a huge match for survival. They were also unlucky not to take away three points when they last faced St Johnstone away from home on May 13th.

St Johnstone are another team in good form. Their unbeaten in their last five matches and were impressive 0-3 victors away to Glasgow Girls in their last league match. It’s form that has also raised them up the table to third and they’re only two points from second.

If EUHV win, they’ll remain sixth and hope to extend the gap from the relegation zone. If they draw or lose, they could drop back into the relegation zone. If St Johnstone win, they could jump up to second. If they draw, they’ll likely remain third but a loss could potentially see them drop down to fifth.

Glasgow Girls v FC Kilmarnock
Greenfield Football Centre, Glasgow – 8pm KO

It’s fourth hosting second in Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 with little to split these sides. When the sides met on 13th May, Glasgow Girls came away with a narrow 0-1 win. Since that win though, the Glasgow side have drawn one (2-2 against EUHV after being 2-0 up) and lost one (0-3 to St Johnstone). It has been a surprising run for a team that were so inform but they remain only four points from second.

FC Kilmarnock remain second but are just two points ahead of third in what is going to be an interesting battle. Since their defeat to Glasgow Girls, they’ve drawn one and won one. They’re certainly showing why they were promoted and that they more than merit their league position.

If Glasgow Girls win, they could climb up to third. A draw or a loss could see them drop to fifth. If FC Kilmarnock win, they’ll remain second and it’s likely that would be the case with a draw. If they lose, they could drop down to third.

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