Last season was indeed a good one for Barry Town, who play their football at the 2,000 capacity Jenner Park, but this time around success could be much harder to come across as they’re now going to be faced with the best teams in Wales week in, week out. As far as Sunday’s visitors are concerned, despite not enjoying the best of seasons in the Premier League last time around, they’re the more experienced team at this level, especially in recent times and will be hoping to put that nous to good use here.
Surprisingly, even though they are the home side, Barry come into this match as strong favourites at 10/11. Considering that they’re the new boys in this division, this does seem somewhat over the top. At the prices, backing ‘Aberystwyth Win/Draw Double Chance’ looks to be the best option. After all, the visitors have only lost one of the last five meetings between these two.
It’s true that Neville Powell’s men didn’t enjoy the best of season’s last time around as they found themselves competing in the relegation group after the division split. However, in the end, they avoided the drop by four points. It’s now eight years since Aberystwyth were outside of the top flight and it’s safe to say that they’ve established themselves as a Welsh Premier League side – something that Barry will be aiming to do this season.
During pre-season, barring a defeat away at Newtown, it would appear that Aberystwyth’s defensive problems have been put on hold, as they’ve kept three clean sheet in their last five. Last time out, they got the better of Haverfordwest by four goals to one, a result that should’ve done plenty for their confidence ahead of this season opener. Barry also come into this match having shown good form in pre-season but they have found goals hard to come by and that could be a problem in this division. What’s more, Aberystwyth have scored plenty.
As the experienced Premier League side, the visitors should be capable of putting their top-level nous to good use on Sunday and can start the season by obtaining at least a draw. Quite frankly, at the prices, 10/11 about either a draw or an away win simply appeals more than 10/11 about the home win.
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