Caernarfon Town are the only team outside the top fight in the Welsh Cup meaning that come Saturday, there could be a cupset on the cards at Rhyl’s Belle Vue Stadium.
The FAW have explained that Caernarfon’s only entry to the Europa League will be through winning the cup so this could be an extra incentive for Caernarfon in that getting to the final would give them a realistic chance of playing on the European stage.
Here are three reasons why the Cofis could pull off an upset in the live televised fixture on Sgorio.
BEATEN WPL SIDES ALREADY
Already this season, Caernarfon have overcome higher league opposition, toppling top six side Carmarthen Town in a convincing 3-1 home win before going on to play another side in the Welsh Premier League in local rivals Rhyl who Caernarfon beat in extra time after Rhyl fought back twice, only for experienced head Carl Owen to put Caernarfon through in tough conditions.
What may work in Caernarfon’s favour is that earlier on in the season, Rhyl beat Caernarfon’s opponents Bala 2-0 back in December, with Caernarfon beating Rhyl only a few months back, this could be a factor.
A majority of the playing surfaces in the Welsh Premier League are 3G meaning that perhaps Bala may need to change their game to adapt to the playing surface. Caernarfon on the other hand play on a grass surface and a majority of teams in the Huws Gray Alliance play on grass, meaning that on Saturday with both semi-finals being played on grass, it may come to their advantage.
Both sides have strong support, with Bala having a young vibrant support, as they drape their flags everywhere they travel but on Saturday, it has been suggested that there will be a large travelling contingent from Caernarfon at Rhyl and that could be a telling factor as the Cofi Army try and push their side over the line.
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