Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Bristol Rovers play host to Boreham Wood at their Memorial Stadium in the FA Cup round 2. The Pirates did well to beat Peterborough thanks to Scott Sinclair’s goal in their last league match, with the team eliminating Rochdale in their FA Cup opener. Since Bristol Rovers have been in a fine form in recent weeks, home win should definitely be considered.
Talented forward Joshua Coburn returns to the starting XI as well as several other first-team regulars who were rested in the EFL Trophy win over Colchester. Boreham Wood, on the other hand, aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to Woking and Halifax. The National League side, though, have been struggling up front of late, and that is the main reason why we predict the hosts will make it to the FA Cup last 64.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.