Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Memorial Stadium will host Saturday’s football game between Bristol Rovers and Oxford United, the two teams who defeated Burton (4-0) and Cambridge United (1-0) respectively at the weekend. The Pirates impressed in the crushing of the Brewers, but it has to be noted that Burton defender Conor Shaughnessy was sent off in the first minute. A man to watch in the home team will be Wales international Aaron Collins, who scored a brace in the Pirelli Stadium clash, while Sam Finley has overcome his injury.
Josh Grant, on the other hand, continues to miss out. The Yellows won the derby thanks to Tyler Goodrham’s late goal, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry at Memorial Stadium. Given Bristol Rovers’ display in the triumph over Burton, home win should definitely be considered. Both Sam Baldock and Yanic-Sonny Wildschut have been struggling with injuries of late, speaking of the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Nathan Baker):
Nathan Baker is a product of Aston Villa football academy. The left-footed defender played 115 games for Aston Villa in the league and it has to be noted that he scored only goal for the club during his spell at Villa Park. Nathan Baker is used as both centre-back and left-back and the 189-cm-tall footballer is very good in the air.
Nathan Baker was born in Worcester, England on April 23, 1991 and he currently plays for Bristol City in the Championship. After ending his loan spell with the Robins, he signed a permanent deal with the club on July 28, 2017 for an undisclosed fee. Nathan Baker has yet to make his debut for England national team, but he has three caps for England U21 team.
Nathan Baker made his debut for the under-21 squad against Iceland back in 2011. The English footballer has a contract with Bristol City which expires on June 30, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Oxford United):
Oxford United are one of the oldest clubs in the League One as they were founded back in 1893. However, Oxford United adopted their current name 67 years later and have been playing under it ever since.
Over the years the Yellows have built a great rivalry with Swindon Town and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two sides. Oxford United play home matches at Kassam Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 12,500. The stadium was built in 1997 and has been Oxford United’s home ground ever since. The Boys from Up the Hill are well known for their yellow and blue colours, but they play their away games in dark blue (with a little yellow) or black kits.
Oxford’s player with the most league appearances is John Shuker, playing 478 games for the club from 1962 to 1977. On the other hand, Jim Magilton is the club’s most capped player in internationals, playing 18 games for Northern Ireland.