Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Bescot Stadium will host Saturday’s FA Cup game between Walsall and Bristol Rovers. The Saddlers did well to beat Crawley in the League Two in midweek, with the team putting an end to their five-game winless run, and, no doubt, they regained a much-needed confidence. Walsall are eager to claim a major scalp in their FA Cup opener, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Bristol Rovers.
The Pirates aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Peterborough, but seeing that the League Two side want this win more that the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on Darrell Clarke’s troops. When the two teams met in the EFL Trophy in September Walsall eliminated Bristol Rovers on penalties, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Mark Little):
Mark Little is a right back who plays for Bristol City. Little started his youth career at Wolverhampton Wonderers and he made 27 appearances for the first team as well. He made his Wolves debut on 23 August, 2006 in the League Cup clash against Chesterfield.
After spending two years on loan at Northampton Town, Chesterfield and Peterborough United, he signed a permanent deal with Peterborough on 25 May, 2010. The defender scored three goals in 148 appearances for the ABAX Stadium outfit, but in 2014 turned down a new contract offer. Mark Little joined Bristol City on 1 July, 2014 and he has been playing for the Robins ever since.
The English footballer, who was born on 20 August, 1988 made 23 appearances for Bristol City in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and he scored one goal for the club. His main position is right back, but he is capable of playing as midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Bristol Rovers):
Established back on August 1, 1883, Bristol Rovers are one of the oldest clubs in the League One. Bristol Rovers were formed after a meeting at the Eastville Restaurant under the name of Black Arabs after the Arabs rugby team.
This name, though, lasted no more than one season as the club was renamed Eastville Rovers in 1884. Five years later the club’s name was officially changes to Bristol Rovers. Nicknamed the Pirates, Bristol Rovers welcome their opponents at Memorial Stadium Horfield, the venue with the capacity of 12,296. Bristol Rovers are well known for their blue and white home kit, but they are dressed in yellow when playing on the travels.
Ricky Lambert, who used to play for the likes of Southampton and Liverpool in the Premier League, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable footballers. It has to be noted that Lambert scored 51 goals in 128 appearances for the Pirates in the league.