Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Bristol Rovers play host to Accrington at their Memorial Stadium on day 11 of the new League One campaign. The Pirates have been struggling to find their best form of late, with the team collecting only two points in total from the previous five league matches, ant it is no wonder the odds for away win have been dropping. Considering that Bristol Rovers experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 6-3 loss to Lincoln, home win should not be considered.
All Marquis, Saunders, and Coutts are pushing for recalls as Joey Barton should opt to make changes to the team that suffered the embarrassing loss at the weekend. The Accy Stanley, on the other hand, did well to put an end to their three-game losing run, with the team beating Cheltenham thanks to Sean McConville’s first-minute goal. Given Bristol Rovers’ shaky defence, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.
Highlighted Team (Accrington):
Founded back in 1891 and reformed in 1968, Accrington Stanley are an English football club that compete in the League One. The original team competed in the Football League from 1921 to 1962, spending the last four seasons in Lancashire Combination.
The Accy are well known for their red home kit, whilst they wear sky blue shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. The League One side play their home games at Crown Ground, the stadium which can hold up to 5,450 spectators (3,100 seated). Accrington have been playing at Crown Ground since 1970.
Listed as the all-time favourite player amongst fans, Chris Grimshaw is one of the most famous Accrington Stanley footballers. However, George Stewart is the team’s top scorer, netting 136 goals in total from 1954 to 1958. It has to be noted that the Accy have yet to represent England in European competitions.