Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football match at Plough Lane pits together AFC Wimbledon and Northampton Town, the two relegation-threatened teams. The Dons aim to put an end to their seven-game winless run, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach against Northampton. AFC Wimbledon were not in action in midweek, meaning that tired legs should not prove to be a problem for the hosts.
A man to watch in the home team will be Ryan Longman, who scored a brace in the 2-2 draw with Charlton. The Cobblers, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Crewe, with the team beating Oxford United on Tuesday evening thanks to Sam Hoskins’ goal. Since Northampton are likely to go for a win in the relegation six-pointer as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
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 (Northampton):
Northampton are a professional football club that compete in the League Two, the English fourth tier. The Cobblers play their home matches at Sixfields Stadium, the venue that has a capacity of 7,798. Northampton Town are well known for their claret and white home kit, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
Northampton did well to make it to the Charity Shield final in 1909, with the team suffering a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United in the title game. The Cobblers are holding the record for the shortest time taken to secure promotion from the bottom tier to the top flight and relegated back down to the bottom again. Northampton Town managed to do so in only nine years.
Peterborough united are regarded as the club’s main rivals, with other significant rivalries including the likes of Oxford United, Milton Keynes Dons, Cambridge United, Coventry City, and Rushden & Diamonds.