Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Bloomfield Road will host Saturday’s football game between Blackpool and Shrewsbury Town. The Seasiders are determined to book their place in the League One playoffs, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the season finale if they are to turn their dream into reality. Blackpool failed to turn their dominance into goals in a 1-0 loss to Rochdale, but they are surely capable of beating the Shrews, who have little to play for in the remainder of the season.
Shrewsbury did well to secure the League One survival, and given the importance of Saturday’s clash for the Seasiders, we predict that the visiting team will return home empty-handed. In the first half of the season Shrewsbury Town defeated Blackpool thanks to Daniel Udoh’s goal, meaning that the promotion-chasing hosts are hungry for revenge. You should bear in mind that Neil Critchley’s troops are eyeing their 11th home win of the season.
Highlighted Player (Chris Maxwell):
Chris Maxwell is a Welsh goalkeeper who was born in St Asaph on July 30, 1990. Maxwell began his youth career at Penrhyn Bay (1998-2000) and in 2000 he moved to Wrexham. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper made his first-team debut for Wrexham at the age of 18 and he played 76 league games for the club from 2008 to 2012.
During the 2008/2009 season he spent six months on loan at Welsh club Connah’s Quay Nomads and in 2012 he joined Fleetwood Town. Chris Maxwell made 110 appearances in the league for the Trawlermen and on May 16, 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Championship side Preston North End. You should know that he managed to keep clean sheets in 38 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign.
Due to his dual citizenship, Maxwell is capable of representing both Wales and Scotland at senior level, but he played for the Dragons at youth level, being capped for the U21 team 16 times.
Highlighted Team (Shrewsbury):
Based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Shrewsbury Town are a professional club that play home games at New Meadow stadium, the venue which was opened in 2007 and has the capacity of 10,361. Shrewsbury Town were founded back in 1886, with some reports indicating the club was established at the Lion Hotel.
The Blues wear blue shirts with yellow stripe and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kit is purple. Mickey Brown holds the club record for most appearances as he played 190 games for the club, scoring 9 goals in the league. Both Wolverhampton and Walsall are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but there have always been fireworks in matches between Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United as well.
The two teams face each other in the “A49 derby” and it has to be noted that the Blues have built rivalries with Chester City and Wrexham as well.