Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at Plough Lane pits together AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth, the two teams who sit in the top half of the table. The Dons have been showing signs of improvement of late, and thanks to back-to-back wins over Oxford United and Morecambe they regained a much-needed confidence. AFC Wimbledon aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Plymouth.
A man to watch in the home team will be pace teenage winger Ayoub Assal, who has been producing fine displays in recent weeks. The Pilgrims, on the other hand, are eyeing their fourth win of the season. Plymouth, though, are not regarded as good travelers and they are unlikely to spoil AFC Wimbledon’s party at Plough Lane. The good news for the visitors is that midfielder Danny Mayor has recovered from a long-term injury.
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 (Plymouth):
Nicknamed the Pilgrims, Plymouth are a professional football club that host their rivals at Home Park. The stadium, which can hold up to 18,600 people, was built in 1892 and opened the following year. Plymouth footballers wear dark green jerseys and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while light green and white are the dominant colours of their away kit.
The Pilgrims made it to the FA Cup semi-finals in the 1983-84 season, with the team advancing to the Football League Cup semis on two occasions (1964-65, 1973-74). The Pilgrims recorded their biggest win against Millwall on January 16, 1932, with the team beating the Lions 8-1, and they repeated the success in 1994 as they rolled over Hartlepool United in the Second Division.
The club suffered their heaviest defeat against Stoke City (0-9) on December 17, 1960. Fellow Devon teams Exeter City and Torquay United are seen as the club’s fiercest rivals.