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#SBSSWPL 2018 Preview – 27/05/18

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Hibernian v Rangers
Ainslie Park, Edinburgh – 1pm KO

Hibernian come into this game full of confidence after their 9-0 win in the SWPL Cup final last Sunday. No one expected such a result against third placed Celtic but it was an incredible display from the now three in a row SWPL Cup winners. It’s back to league duties now and after briefly occupying top of the table after their 5-1 win over Hamilton, they are back to second on goal difference.

For Rangers, May has been a month to forget. They’ve lost all three of their games, including against Forfar and Stirling who were below them in the league. After losing 5-0 to Glasgow City on May 17th, they now face Hibernian and they will be considered the underdogs again for this match. The biggest plus for Rangers is they won both their games in April, meaning they are still fifth in the league.

If Hibernian win, they could go top should Glasgow City fail to win or there is a big goal swing in their favour. A draw will mean they can’t drop down the table but a loss could see them fall to third if there is a big goal swing in Celtic’s favour. For Rangers, a win could see them jump to fourth but a draw or a loss could see them drop below Stirling and into sixth.

Celtic v Forfar Farmington
K-Park Training Centre – 2pm KO

After the painful defeat to Hibernian in the SWPL Cup, Celtic will be glad to be back to league action. They’ve won their last two games and will be confident of winning against Forfar for the third time this season. It will be interesting to see how they respond to their defeat though.

Forfar Farmington are one of the most inform teams in the league at the moment. They’ve won their last three games, all of which have been away from home. This is another away tie and despite having lost to Celtic already in the league, they’ll be far more confident coming into this match.

If Celtic win, they could potentially go top should Hibs and Glasgow City lose and there is a huge goal swing. If they draw or lose, they can’t climb or fall in the league. If Forfar Farmington win, they can’t climb above Celtic but they’ll cut the gap to just two points. A draw will see them remain fourth but a loss could see them drop to fifth.

Glasgow City v Spartans
Petershill Park, Glasgow – 2.10pm KO

Glasgow City are back to league action after an extended break since their May 17th win over Rangers. They remain top of the league after that 5-0 win at New Tinto Park and are now +4 ahead of Hibernian in terms of goal difference. They’ll be hopeful of another win and to maintain their gap over second.

Their opponents, Spartans, haven’t won in their last four games. Since their 2-0 loss away to Hamilton, they’ve suffered defeat to Celtic and Forfar Farmington. More worryingly for the Edinburgh side is they only have five points in the league, two points ahead of bottom. They won’t be expected to come away with anything in this match, so they might have a close eye on the Hamilton result.

If Glasgow City win, it’s likely they’ll remain top unless there is a big goal swing. A draw would at worst leave them second but a loss could see them drop to third but it’s unlikely given the goal difference they have. If Spartans win, they could jump up to sixth. A draw or a loss could see them drop to bottom of the table should Hamilton win.

Hamilton Academical v Stirling University
Bothwelhaugh, Belshill – 3.15pm KO

Perhaps the game of the SBSSWPL 1 this Sunday, bottom placed Hamilton host sixth placed Stirling University. Hamilton, while they’ve lost their last two games, will still have their heads high. They were probably expected to lose to Celtic and Hibernian but this is a game where they will feel they’ll have a good chance of picking up a win. While they aren’t at New Douglas Park for this match, they’ll be hoping to replicate their performance from their 2-0 win over Spartans.

Stirling University though will be hoping themselves to pick up three points. After their midweek loss to Forfar, it looked like a three horse race for the relegation spot. However, Stirling picked up an impressive win over Rangers a fortnight ago and are now five points ahead of Hamilton. If they win today, they’ll be eight points clear and have a huge gap from the relegation spot.

If Hamilton win, they could jump out of the relegation spot and above Spartans. If they draw or lose, they’ll remain bottom. If Stirling win, they could jump to fifth. If they draw, it’s unlikely they’ll jump above Rangers but a loss could see them drop below Spartans.

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Hearts v St Johnstone
Kings Park, Dalkeith – 2pm KO

It’s fifth versus fourth in SBSSWPL 2. Hearts, who were second only a few games ago, now find themselves in fifth. However, it’s so tight in the middle of the table that they’re only three points from second. They come into this match having lost their last two matches but will have been pleased with their performance against Motherwell, losing narrowly 2-1.

St Johnstone, one of the most inconsistent teams in the league, have found themselves unbeaten in the last three games (one win and two draws). They’ve steadily kept themselves middle of the table and remain within touching distance of second. If they can remain in their current form, they could be potential challengers for the title and will cause any opponent problems.

If either team wins, they could potentially jump up to second but it’ll depend heavily on other results. If it’s a draw, then St Johnstone could jump up to third but Hearts would remain fifth. If either team loses, they can’t fall below fifth.

Aberdeen v FC Kilmarnock
Aberdeen Sports Village – 4pm KO

Aberdeen are five games without a win in the league and are only a point above the relegation zone. There have been a number of changes in recent weeks though, so they’ll be hopeful of a change in fortunes. If not it could be back-to-back relegations for the North Region side.

For FC Kilmarnock, their fortunes have been quite different. Since gaining promotion to the league, they’ve taken to it like a duck to water. They are still second in the league and while they’ve only won one of their last four matches, they’ve been a difficult opponent in every match they’ve played this season.

If FC Kilmarnock win they’ll remain second. A draw will mean they can’t drop below fourth but a loss could see them drop to fifth. If Aberdeen win, they can’t jump up the table but it could increase their gap from the relegation zone. If they draw or lose, they could potentially finish the day bottom.

Central Girls FA v Motherwell
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa – 4pm KO

It’s bottom versus top in the league but it unlikely to be as predictable as expected. Central Girls are bottom of the league and have lost five games but haven’t been beaten by two goals or more. In fact, four of their loses have been by just one goal. They therefore have one of the better goal differences in the league. They’ll also take hope from the fact they only lost 3-1 to Motherwell on March 11th.

Motherwell remain on course to win the title and are eight points clear at the top. They’ve now won eight games in a row and it looks unlikely that they’ll be caught. However, Hearts ran them close a fortnight ago and Central Girls have proved tough opposition. If Motherwell do win, they’ll see this has a good test of their title credentials.

If Motherwell win they’ll maintain their eight point lead at the top and even if they draw or lose, they’ll remain top. Central Girls with a win could jump out of the relegation zone. A draw could see them climb up to seventh but a loss would leave them bottom.

Glasgow Girls v Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale
Petershill Park, Glasgow – 4pm KO

Glasgow Girls come into this match having won four matches in a row. It’s the sort of form that has lifted them from bottom of the league to third in only a matter of weeks. If they can maintain their form, they’ll be hopeful of perhaps pushing Motherwell all the way for the title.

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) have been slightly unlucky in recent weeks. They lost 1-0 to Hearts with effectively the last kick of the ball and then drew with St Johnstone after being 3-1 up with 10 minutes left. If they can turn these sort of performances into picking up points on a regular basis, they’ll be hopeful of pulling themselves out of the relegation zone.

If Glasgow Girls win, they could climb up to second while a loss could see them drop to fifth. If EUHV win, they can’t climb higher than sixth and a loss could see them down to bottom. If the match is a draw, both teams are unlikely to climb higher due to their worse goal differences.

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