Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at Plough Lane pits together AFC Wimbledon and Bristol Rovers, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table ahead of Matchday 16. The Dons have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating both Rochdale and Peterborough, while losing to Gillingham. AFC Wimbledon aim to move a little closer to the League One playoffs berth, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Saturday’s clash.
Bristol Rovers suffered a dip in form, with the team collecting only one point in total from the previous five league fixtures. The Pirates are low on confidence ahead of the trip to London, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling AFC Wimbledon’s party at Plough Lane. In their last meeting in the League One the Dons defeated the Pirates 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Tzanev):
Nikola Tzanev is a New Zealand goalkeeper who started his youth career at Crystal Palace. Tzanev then moved to Brentford and he continued wearing the red and white shirt at senior level. After ending his loan spell with Lewes, the 195-cm-tall shoot-stopper moved to AFC Wimbledon in 2017.
During the 2018/2019 campaign he played for Potters Bar Town as a loan player, but at the end of the season he returned to AFC Wimbledon. He made his League One debut with the Dons on August 3, 2019 in a 2-1 loss to Rotherham United. Speaking of his international career, Nik Tzanev made his New Zealand debut in a 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei on June 5, 2018.
The Dons goalkeeper has 3 caps for the New Zealand U20 team as well. Nikola Tzanev was born in Wellington on December 23, 1996 and his preferred foot is right.
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.