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Welsh Premier League2011/2012 Preview

Discussion in 'Football Betting' started by traeth, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. traeth

    traeth Moderator

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    I intended doing a preview for the league but I cannot come close to this great preview is from welsh-premier.com , the odds quoted are from Corbet's who are the new sponsors of the league , bwin and will hill also quoting odds

    WITH pre-season frivolity over, the new Welsh Premier season is set to start, so here's our traditional guide to the chances of the 12 clubs in contention.

    ABERYSTWYTH TOWN 33/1
    WERE disappointed by last season's failure to make the top six and will be looking for significant improvement. The return of Geoff Kellaway is a bonus while Wyn Thomas should stiffen the defence and contribute some vital goals, but an injury to Bari Morgan is a blow and they may struggle to make the split once again, despite the mercurial Ricky Evans.
    IN Jonathan Evans, Lee Jenkins, Geoff Kellaway, Krzysztof Nalborski, Andy Parkinson, Wyn Thomas.
    OUT Steffan Edwards, Conall Murtagh.
    MANAGER Alan Morgan LAST SEASON 7th PREDICTION Bottom five
    KEY PLAYER Ricky Evans ONE TO WATCH Geoff Kellaway.
    AFAN LIDO 50/1
    Back after a six-year absence, Lido have to bridge a massive gulf between the Welsh League and the "Super12". Apart from Liam McCreesh, who is off to Australia in October, new boss Andy Dyer has been forced to shop in the bargain basement and it will be a major surprise if relegation can be avoided.
    IN Liam McCreesh, Mike Davey, Stephen Davey, Liam Hancock, Andy Hill, Leon Jeanne, Declan John, Luke Morgan, Daniel Sheehan, Stephen Pockett, Daniel Thomas, Tyrone Toppar.
    MANAGER Andrew Dyer LAST SEASON Promoted PREDICTION Bottom two
    KEY PLAYER Liam McCreesh ONE TO WATCH Scott McCoubrey.
    AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON 33/1
    Many comings and goings at The Airfield as the Wingmakers seek compensation for missing out on a play-off spot last term. Ian Sheridan showed in the second half of the campaign he has an eye for goal and, with a stronger defensive line-up featuring ex-TNS stalwart Tommy Holmes, the top six beckons if they can find the consistency lacking last time.
    IN Mark Cadwallader, Rhys Darlington, Josh Griffiths, Mike Hayes, Tommy Holmes, Glenn Rule, Ross Rule, Danny Taylor, Craig Whitfield.
    OUT Phil Clarke, Kristian Rogers, Matty Woodward.
    DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL Craig Harrison LAST SEASON 8th PREDICTION Play-offs
    KEY PLAYER Ian Sheridan ONE TO WATCH Danny Taylor.
    BALA TOWN 33/1
    The Lakesiders' second top-flight season was a disaster which nearly ended in relegation and Colin Caton's new-look side will be expected to justify the big investment at Maes Tegid, headlined by the arrival of marksman Lee Hunt. Michael Byron and Stuart Jones should improve the goals against tally in a push for the championship conference.
    IN Stephen Brown, Michael Byron, Peter Doran, Steff Edwards, Stuart Hayes, Lee Hunt, Stuart Jones, Liam Loughlin, Conall Murtagh, Mark Pullman, Mike Sharples.
    OUT Mike Hayes, Danny Jellicoe, Shaun Kelly, Gethin Lloyd, Josh Macauley, Mark Powell.
    MANAGER Colin Caton LAST SEASON 10th PREDICTION Play-offs
    KEY PLAYER Mark Jones ONE TO WATCH Liam Loughlin.
    BANGOR CITY 21/10
    Nearly blew a 16-point lead but clinched the title on the final day despite a poor second half to the campaign, but the loss of leading marksman Jamie Reed will continue to hurt unless Alan Bull, Big Les and new boy Kyle Wilson can fill the void. Unlikely to be good enough to keep the trophy at Farrar Road for a second consecutive season.
    IN Lee Idzi, Shaun Pejic, Neil Thomas, Michael Walsh, Kyle Wilson.
    OUT Nicky Ward.
    MANAGER Nev Powell LAST SEASON 1st PREDICTION Fourth
    KEY PLAYER Michael Johnston ONE TO WATCH Chris Jones.
    CARMARTHEN TOWN 50/1
    Did better than expected last season when many people expected the Old Gold to be relegation fodder.The arrival of Haverfordwest marksman Jack Christopher is a positive move, and Tomi Morgan's men should be good enough to avoid the drop if they can beat their relegation rivals when it matters.
    IN Steve Berry, Jack Christopher, Kyle Graves, Craig Hanford.
    OUT Daniel Sheehan.
    MANAGER Tomi Morgan LAST SEASON 9th PREDICTION Bottom five
    KEY PLAYER Jack Christopher ONE TO WATCH Kyle Graves.
    LLANELLI AFC 11/2
    Came strong in the second half of the campaign but were too far behind to mount a challenge with the Welsh Cup a significant consolation prize. Look just as strong this time around and will be expected to mount a serious challenge for a place in the top three at least, even without Andy Legg's prodigious long throws. Could be the dark horses.
    IN Chad Bond, Lloyd Grist, Lee Surman, Craig Williams.
    OUT Declan John, Wyn Thomas.
    MANAGER Andy Legg LAST SEASON 4th PREDICTION Third
    KEY PLAYER Rhys Griffiths ONE TO WATCH Jordan Follows.
    NEATH FC 5/1
    Massive changes at The Gnoll in both management and squad in a bid to turn a huge investment into better than just a play-off win. Struggled to turn domination into goals last season and leaked too many in return, but have invested in two good full-backs and will be looking for improvement all round, should be there or thereabouts and best value in the betting.
    IN Luke Bowen, Kai Edwards, Adie Harris, Jack Lewis, Kerry Morgan, Garyn Preen, Matthew Whatley.
    OUT Chad Bond, James Burgin, Paul Cochlin, Liam Hancock, Andrew Hill, Lee Idzi, Craig Morris, Stephen Pockett.
    MANAGER Terry Boyle LAST SEASON 3rd PREDICTION Top two
    KEY PLAYER Chris Jones ONE TO WATCH Toby Jones.
    NEWTOWN AFC 33/1
    If Andy Cale achieved the impossible last season, Bernard McNally will need a miracle in his first Welsh Premier season with the lowest playing budget of all the managers. With the experienced backbone of the squad mostly departed to pastures new, the Robins will field a squad of mainly unknowns to WP watchers. It could be a long and hard campaign at Latham Park.
    IN Steve Blenkinsop, Luke Boundford, Kevin Davies, Ben Evans, Joe Evans, Rhys Jones, Keiren Mills-Evans, Anwar Olugbon, Nick Thomas.
    OUT Sam Bailey, Dylan Blain, Michael Jackson, Steve Jones, Paul Keddle, Dave Roberts, Adam Worton.
    MANAGER Bernard McNally LAST SEASON 11th PREDICTION Bottom two
    KEY PLAYER Jamie Price ONE TO WATCH Anwar Olugbon.
    PORT TALBOT TOWN 20/1
    The Steelmen's prospects are tough to assess but, while several key players are now chasing the money elsewhere, the return to fitness of Martin Rose is a bonus and he could form a potent partnership with 'bad boy' Cortez Belle. Manager Mark Jones also has the knack of making the most of limited financial resources and could secure a play-off spot.
    IN Cortez Belle, Dylan Blain, Paul Cochlin, Matty Crowell, Richard Evans, Lewis Harlin, Paul Keddle, Kris Rogers, Sacha Walters.
    OUT Luke Bowen, Lloyd Grist, Liam McCreesh, Lee Surman.
    MANAGER Mark Jones LAST SEASON 6th PREDICTION Play-offs
    KEY PLAYER Martin Rose ONE TO WATCH Cortez Belle.
    PRESTATYN TOWN 25/1
    Last season's surprise package, the Seasiders came within inches of a Europa League debut, but the loss of leading marksman Lee Hunt to Bala and defensive duo Jack Lewis and Kai Edwards to Neath leaves them looking vulnerable. Always difficult to beat at Bastion Road, but they will do well to repeat last season's achievement
    IN Martin Beattie, Dave Roberts.
    OUT Kai Edwards, Lee Hunt, Jack Lewis.
    DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL Neil Gibson LAST SEASON 5th PREDICTION Bottom five
    KEY PLAYER Ross Stephens ONE TO WATCH Mike Parker.
    THE NEW SAINTS 2/1
    Beaten to the title on the last day of the season, TNS have made plenty of changes by their usual standards. But more than new arrivals, the key factor in their chances of regaining the crown is the return to the ranks of Steve Evans, whose long absence saw the Saints' usually-mean defence leak an unusually high goal tally last term.
    IN Greg Draper, Jermaine Johnson, Alex Ramsay, Tom Roberts, Simon Spender, Nicky Ward, Chris Williams.
    OUT Matthew Berkeley, Danny Holmes, Tommy Holmes, Sean Jones, Ryan Marriott, John McKenna, Richie Partridge (retired), Craig Whitfield, Jamie Wood.
    DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL Mike Davies LAST SEASON 2nd PREDICTION Top two
    KEY PLAYER Matty Williams ONE TO WATCH Chris Williams.
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  2. traeth

    traeth Moderator

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    My predictions
    I think TNS will win this season due to their home form , they lost the league last season in the last game decider against Bangor.
    Bangor had a superb start last season and then tailed off , can't see them getting such a good start this time
    A danger this season will be Neath who have had a change of management , Terry Boyle with the qualification and the experienced Peter Nicholas [who has won this league with two other sides]
    I'm surprised at the price of Llanelli who finished the season so well following a large injury list at the start of last season.
    I cannot see any other club challenging.

    At the moment I'm torn between TNS and the value of Llanelli
  3. Punter

    Punter Moderator

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    That's a cracking preview from the website. I see they fancy Neath top two, i'll be shouting Neath all the way. 5/1 - Take it!

    Good luck this season Traeth :thumb