Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Memorial Park when Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town face each other in the League One round 32. The Pirates aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Gillingham and Wigan, and a win over Shrewsbury should see the hosts escape the relegation zone. Bristol Rovers should have a full fit squad available for the Shrewsbury Town game. The Shrews, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 4-2 win over MK Dons.
Shrewsbury Town are eyeing their sixth away win of the process, and given their fine form in February, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visiting team. Defender Donald Love, who suffered an injury in the midweek clash, is unlikely to feature against Bristol Rovers. A man to watch in the away team will be January signing Curtis Main, who opened his goalscoring account in the win over MK Dons.
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 (Shrewsbury):
Based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Shrewsbury Town are a professional club that play home games at New Meadow stadium, the venue which was opened in 2007 and has the capacity of 10,361. Shrewsbury Town were founded back in 1886, with some reports indicating the club was established at the Lion Hotel.
The Blues wear blue shirts with yellow stripe and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kit is purple. Mickey Brown holds the club record for most appearances as he played 190 games for the club, scoring 9 goals in the league. Both Wolverhampton and Walsall are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but there have always been fireworks in matches between Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United as well.
The two teams face each other in the “A49 derby” and it has to be noted that the Blues have built rivalries with Chester City and Wrexham as well.