Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at Memorial Stadium pits together Bristol Rovers and Crewe Alexandra, the two teams who have nothing to play for in the season finale. Bristol Rovers failed to secure the League One survival, while Crewe missed out on a place in the playoffs. The Pirates are low on confidence ahead of Matchday 45 as they are on a three-game losing run in the English third tier.
Since the rock-bottom side have been struggling in front of goal of late, we do not believe that home win should be considered. The Railwaymen showed character in a 2-2 draw with Charlton, with Owen Dale scoring the equalizer late in the stoppage time. The 22-year-old attacker has found his goalscoring touch, and we are positive that he is going to lead Crewe to their 17th win of the season. A victory over Bristol Rovers should see the Railwaymen climb to the top half of the table.
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 (Crewe):
Crewe Aleandra are a professional football club that welcome their rivals at Gresty Road. The stadium was built in 1906, and it can hold up to 10,153 spectators. Founded back in 1877, Crewe Alexandra play their home games in red shirts and white shorts, while yellow is the dominant colour of their away kit.
The Railwaymen played their first game against North Staffs in 1877, with the two teams sharing the spoils (1-1) at Alexandra Recreation Ground. Nowadays, Crewe compete in the League 2 where they take on their main rivals Port Vale. In 2014 a match between the two sides resulted in violence and arrests. The likes of Wrexham, Macclesfield Town, Shrewsbury Town, and Stoke City are considered the club’s rivals as well.
In 2013 Crewe Alexandra clinched the Football League Trophy as they defeated Southend United 2-0 in the title game at Wembley Stadium. Goals from Max Clayton and Luke Murphy helped the Railwaymen clinch their first and only Football League Trophy.