Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town, the two mid-table sides, face each other at Memorial Stadium in what is expected to be a very interesting match. The Pirates experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss at Sunderland, and, to make things even worse for manager Jonson Clarke-Harris, Abumere Ogogo was sent off in Saturday’s football game.
The 30-year-old midfielder misses the match though suspension, but Jonson Clarke-Harris has a number of high-profile players who are capable of helping the hosts pick up all three points from the match. Considering that the Shrews experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-2 loss to relegation strugglers Tranmere Rovers, we are tempted to put our money on the Robins. Bristol Rovers recorded a 2-1 win over Blackpool in their last home game, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Jonson Clarke Harris):
The Leicester born striker started his career at Coventry City, joining their youth academy at the age of 15. Harris, who holds both the English and Jamaican citizenship, chose to represent the former but is yet to feature for any of England's international levels. He made his first professional debut on the 10th of August 2010, in a 2-0 League Cup loss to Morecambe, a feature that made him the youngest player to ever appear for Coventry.
After successive loan moves where he made little impact, Harris left the Sky Blues to join Oldham Athletic in May 2013 on a year-long contract. His excellence earned him the Young Player of the Season award and a high profile move to Rotherham United at the end of the season in a deal worth 350,000 euros. After several inconsistent performances, Harris left the Millers.
He then went on to play for MK Dons and Doncaster on loan before re-joining Coventry for a second spell where-in he helped the club in promoting to League One. Born on the 21st of July 1994, the 25-year-old is known for his physicality and hold-up play and currently plies his trade for Bristol, whom he joined at the start of 2019.
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.