Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Memorial Stadium will host Saturday’s football game between Bristol Rovers and Blackpool, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table ahead of the first game of the year. Bristol Rovers aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to MK Dons, and a win over Blackpool could see them escape the relegation zone in the League One standings. The Pirates outplayed Plymouth 3-0 in their last home game, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Blackpool.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, aim to move a little closer to the playoffs berth. Blackpool suffered a 1-0 loss to Shrewsbury Town in their last league game, but they are surely capable of matching Bristol Rovers behind closed doors. A close encounter is on the horizon, and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw.
Highlighted Player (Mark Little):
Mark Little is a right back who plays for Bristol City. Little started his youth career at Wolverhampton Wonderers and he made 27 appearances for the first team as well. He made his Wolves debut on 23 August, 2006 in the League Cup clash against Chesterfield.
After spending two years on loan at Northampton Town, Chesterfield and Peterborough United, he signed a permanent deal with Peterborough on 25 May, 2010. The defender scored three goals in 148 appearances for the ABAX Stadium outfit, but in 2014 turned down a new contract offer. Mark Little joined Bristol City on 1 July, 2014 and he has been playing for the Robins ever since.
The English footballer, who was born on 20 August, 1988 made 23 appearances for Bristol City in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and he scored one goal for the club. His main position is right back, but he is capable of playing as midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Blackpool):
Blackpool FC are a professional English club based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Considering that Blackpool is a seaside town, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Seasiders. Founded back in 1887, the club play their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which can hold up to 17,338 spectators. In the 2009/2010 season Blackpool secured promotion to the Premier League, but they were not competitive at this level, suffering relegation to the Championship the following season.
The club’s biggest success, though, came in 1953 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the FA Cup final. Blackpool are well known for their orange shirts, but the dominant colour of their away kit is white. Preston are considered the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the West Lancashire derby.
Charlie Adam, who played for Liverpool and has 26 caps for Scotland national team, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.