Can Druids keep the title race tight?

Tonight could be (another) key turning point in the JD Welsh Premier League season. We are soon approaching the half-way point in the season, and up to now the top four teams have remained tightly bunched. In fact last weekend, the leadership again hung in the balance during several fixtures.

The New Saints emerged from that weekend round of games with a slender lead - thanks in part to the stalemate between challengers Cardiff Met and Connah's Quay Nomads. Unlike previous seasons, the Saints have so far found it difficult to establish a clear lead, adding excitement and interest to the title race.

But tonight TNS could at last establish a lead of five points over the chasing pack, as they face Cefn Druids at The Rock Stadium in a fixture postponed due to their Irn-Bru Cup commitments last month.

In many quarters - based no doubt on their several years of complete dominance - TNS are routinely expected to win every game. But this season any punter using the Saints as a 'banker' must have been disappointed a few times, most recently when Barry Town United nicked a shock 0-1 win at Park Hall.

Druids, who beat Barry at the weekend, are a force to be reckoned with this season and will be hoping to get something out of this game to keep their top six challenge going. Nevertheless, the Saints are still 9/4 on with NetBet Sport to take the three points tonight, with even a draw offered at 33/10 and a home win considered even less likely at 9/2. These prices may not do justice to the recent form of Huw Griffiths' side.

Eyes will no doubt be on tonight's single JD Welsh Premier fixture both home and abroad for different reasons: the neutrals at home in Wales will be hoping that Druids can pull off a result in order to keep the title race close and unpredictable. Meanwhile I suspect punters around the world will have kept faith with TNS and will be hoping for the away win.

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