Our prediction for this match:
Memorial Stadium will host Saturday’s football game between Bristol Rovers and Birmingham City. Bristol Rovers rolled over lower-league side Yate Town 10-1 in their first warm-up game of the pre-season, but Kidderminster proved to be a much bigger threat for the Pirates in their second friendly game as they shared the spoils with the Harriers at Aggborough Stadium.
Bristol Rovers have big ambitions for the upcoming League One season as they aim to book their place in the play-offs and seeing that they are tough to beat at home, we predict that the hosts will grab something from Saturday’s friendly. The Blues, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back defeats (both on penalties) to Cova Piedade and Vitoria Setubal, which is yet another reason why away win should not be considered. Birmingham City coach Josep Clotet Ruiz is unlikely to field the best possible side against Bristol Rovers, meaning that there is a big value in betting on draw.
Highlighted Player (Maxime Colin):
After spending two seasons at Boulogne, Maxime Colin joined Troyes in 2012. The pacey right back made 55 appearances for Troyes and in 2014 he signed a three-year deal with Belgian side Anderlecht. On 13 September, 2014 he made his Anderlecht debut, in a 2-2 draw with Lierse.
After playing 16 games for the Belgian outfit in the 2014/2015 Pro League campaign, Maxime Colin signed a four-year contract with Brentford in August, 2015 for an undisclosed fee. Reports in England suggested, though, that the fee was around £900,000. Colin made his Brentford debut on 22 August, 2015 in a 1-0 loss to Burnley and it has to be noted that he came on as a substitute 30 minutes before the final whistle.
Speaking of his international career, the defender, who was born on 15 November, 1991, has seven caps for the France U20 team. Colin made France U20 World Cup squad as well and he played a part in matches against Colombia and Mexico.
Highlighted Team (Birmingham City):
Birmingham City are a club located in the city of Birmingham, England. Birmingham City were founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, but the club’s named was changed to Small Heath in 1888. 17 years later they became Birmingham and in 1943 they finally changed their name to Birmingham City.
The Blues welcome their rivals at St. Andrew’s, the stadium that was opened in 1906. Birmingham City compete in the Championship and their fiercest rivals are WBA and Aston Villa. The Blues made it to the FA Cup final twice, but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. In 1931 they were beaten by their local rivals WBA in the title game (1-2), whilst in 1956 they were outplayed by Manchester City in the title game.
The colour of Birmingham’s home kit is blue with white stripe. Trevor Francis, Gil Merrick, Bob Latchford, Jeff Hall, Alex Govan, Joe Bradford and Christophe Dugarry are notable footballers who played for the St. Andrew’s outfit in the past.