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It's crunch time for top-six pursuers; ALLEN malcolm.

IT'S a crunch weekend in the Welsh Premier League for four of the clubs looking to secure a top-six place come the mid-season cut.

In our live TV game on Sgorio today Airbus UK travel to meet Carmarthen, as second take on third. Meanwhile, fifth-placed Bangor host fourth-placed Newtown.

The battle for the top six will go all the way to the wire and it looks like the usual 30-point mark may not be enough.

Airbus don't travel south in the best of spirits after a recent bad spell which every team has in a season.

Manager Andy Preece will learn a lot about his players during this lean spell and today be looking for a positive response.

They will want to do the double over Mark Aizlewood's men after winning late on back in August and open the gap between the two sides.

They will need to be firing on all cylinders because Carmarthen are on top of their game. This will not be for the faint-hearted - the team who Andy Preece wins the physical battle will win the game.

I go for Airbus to get back on track with a gritty 1-2 away win.

Bangor are climbing up the league, but losing Les Davies for the next three games after last week's red card is a huge miss.

Les is at the heartbeat of all they do, but confidence remains high and their young guns should have enough to take care of Newtown this afternoon.

Gap Connah's Quay are on a slippery slope and could now well be embroiled in the relegation battle after such a great start.

They need to learn how to bounce back and grind out results and Afan Lido away is their big chance.

Maybe they should take a close look at Wrexham who know all about bouncebackability.

They are now only six points away from a play-off place. Surely they can't, can they? One thing's for sure, the other teams will be looking over their shoulders for the Dragons. TODAY'S live Welsh Premier match on Sgorio is Carmarthen v Airbus UK (ko 3.45pm) An English-language soundtrack is available via the red button on Sky, Freeview or Virgin Media. Freesat viewers should use the audio selection option.

Sgorio on Monday at 10.30pm features an interview with Swansea star Ben Davies, highlights from the Welsh Premier including Carmarthen v Airbus UK, Port Talbot v The New Saints, Aberystwyth v Rhyl, Bala v Prestatyn, Bangor v Newtown, and Afan Lido v Gap Connah''''s Quay. Also, Wrexham v Forest Green in the Skrill Premier and Barcelona v Granada and Real Madrid v Almeria in La Liga.

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