Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Derby County will look to climb to the playoffs berth when they take on Bristol Rovers in the League One round 42. The Rams are sitting just below top six, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Pirates in Saturday’s encounter. David McGoldrick, who scored his 18th goal of the season in a 1-1 draw with MK Dons, will be the man to watch in the away team, while Paul Warne has no fresh injury worries.
The Pirates, on the other hand, are stuck in the middle of the table, and despite their signs of improvement, home win should not be considered. Bristol Rovers have little to play in remainder of the season, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on the Pride Park outfit. Both Loft and Coburn are pushing for recalls to the starting XI.
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 (Derby):
Derby County is one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946).
Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one.
The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.