Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Memorial Stadium will host Saturday’s football match between Bristol Rovers and Sunderland. The Pirates were anything but impressive in midweek, with the team extending their losing run in the League One to three matches. Bristol Rovers had no more than two shots on target in the 1-0 loss to Swindon, and it is no wonder they are seen as underdogs in Saturday’s clash.
Following four consecutive wins, the Black Cats shared the spoils with Lincoln City in their last league match. Sunderland aim to regain their spot in top two, and we predict that they will take advantage of the current situation in Bristol Rovers’ dressing room. Despite failing to find the net in the draw with Lincoln, Charlie Wyke will lead the line for the visitors as the 28-year-old has netted 22 goals in the English third tier to date.
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 (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.