SWPL 1 - Week 10 - Preview: Can Hibernian keep up the pressure on Glasgow City?

With the table beginning to take shape, who'll come out in top in another interesting set of SWPL fixtures?

SWPL 1 - Week 10 - Preview: Can Hibernian keep up the pressure on Glasgow City?
Hibernian will be looking to keep up the pressure on Glasgow City in the SWPL 1. Photo: Twitter @HibsLadies

Hibernian face a must-win game against Stirling University, whilst Glasgow City looks to get over their SWPL Cup disappointment against Spartans.

Title race

Stirling University host the SWPL Cup winners Hibernian as they look to move off the bottom of the SWPL 1 table.

Having lost to Forfar Farmington, Stirling found themselves bottom of the table, and without a win since April, it looked like they could be stranded. 

But in their last SWPL 1 match, they picked up a highly impressive 1-0 win over Rangers – and now sit level with seventh-placed Forfar, behind only on goal difference.

Whilst Hibernian will be undoubtedly ecstatic after winning the SWPL Cup with a highly impressive win over Glasgow City, they have to beat Stirling to keep their title chase back on track. 

They sit eight points behind Glasgow City, with a game in hand. A win for Stirling could see them move up to sixth, whilst Hibernian could cut City's lead at the top down to five points.

Glasgow City's Ruesha Littlejohn scores against Spartans. Photo: Tommy Hughes - Glasgow City
Glasgow City's Ruesha Littlejohn scores against Spartans. Photo: Tommy Hughes - Glasgow City

Glasgow City will look to get over their SWPL Cup disappointment as they host Spartans in the SWPL 1.

Last Wednesday, Glasgow City lost their first final since 2007. But with a team of winners, they will be keen to bounce back with a win to continue their battle to win their tenth league title in a row, which would be a historic moment in Scottish Football. 

Spartans, on the other hand, will be looking to get over their own cup heartbreak – having lost to Hamilton Academical on penalties in the Scottish Cup. But, in their previous SWPL 1, they picked up their first away win of the season – as they beat Forfar Farmington 3-0.

Earlier in the season, Glasgow City beat Spartans 8-0 at Ainslie Park.

City will maintain their eight-point lead at the top with a win, whilst Spartans could move up to fourth win a win.

Celtic's Suzanne Mulvey. Photo: The National
Celtic's Suzanne Mulvey. Photo: The National

Old Firm derby

Sunday sees the second Old Firm derby of the season as Rangers host Celtic at New Tinto Park.

The first Old Firm had been a highly historic moment, as Celtic Ladies played their first ever match at Celtic Park – and they rose to the occasion, beating Rangers 5-1.

Since beating Forfar on the 1st May, Rangers' form has worsened, losing four games in a row in all competitions, dropping down from second to fourth.

Celtic's three-game winning run came to an end as they lost 3-2 to Glasgow City, as once again, they lost by one goal to the top two sides in the SWPL 1.

Rangers will go level on points with Celtic if they win, but they are unlikely to overtake them, due to the differences in goal difference. Celtic could close the gap on second place with a win, and are unlikely to drop down a place even if they lose.

Relegation clash between Forfar and Aberdeen

Forfar Farmington and Aberdeen meet at Station Park with both sides looking to move up the table.

Two wins for Forfar against Stirling University and Aberdeen had seen them move off the bottom of the SWPL 1 table. But after losing to Spartans in their last league game, they now find themselves in 7th place – only ahead of bottom-placed Stirling University on goal difference.

Aberdeen is still having a mixed season, without ever hitting the levels that people expected before the season. For example, in their past two league games, they beat Spartans 4-0 and then lost 8-0 to Hibernian.

If Forfar wins, they could overtake Aberdeen and move up to sixth place. If Aberdeen wins, they could close the gap to fifth to two points. Either side that loses could end the day in bottom-place.