Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Derby County and Bristol Rovers, the two mid-table sides, go head to head at Pride Park Stadium on day 19 of the new League One campaign. The Rams have a chance to climb to the playoffs berth and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Pirates. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Ireland forward James Collins, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
Bristol Rovers, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team beating both Northampton Town and Carlisle United, while sharing the spoils with Reading. The Pirates, though, are not regarded as good travellers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Derby’s party at Pride Park. To make things even more complicated for the visiting team, defender Tristan Crama is banned for the match.
Highlighted Player (Conor Hourihane):
Conor Hourihane is an Irish footballer who plays for Barnsley. The midfielder was born on 2 February, 1991 and he started his youth career at Premier League club Sunderland. In 2011 he joined Plymouth Argyle and he spent three years at Home Park.
After scoring 15 goals in 125 appearances for the Pilgrims in 2014 Hourihane decided to take next big step in his career. On 23 June he signed a three-year deal with Barnsley for a fee of £250,000. In August he won the League One Player of the Month award and, no doubt, he made a flying start to his Barnsley career. Hourihane made 46 appearances for the Tykes in the 2014/2015 League One campaign, scoring 15 goals and he certainly helped the team return to the Championship.
The Irish midfielder has eight caps for the U-21 team. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as defensive and left midfielder as well. Conor Hourihane is a right-footed footballer.
Highlighted Team (Bristol Rovers):
Established back on August 1, 1883, Bristol Rovers are one of the oldest clubs in the League One. Bristol Rovers were formed after a meeting at the Eastville Restaurant under the name of Black Arabs after the Arabs rugby team.
This name, though, lasted no more than one season as the club was renamed Eastville Rovers in 1884. Five years later the club’s name was officially changes to Bristol Rovers. Nicknamed the Pirates, Bristol Rovers welcome their opponents at Memorial Stadium Horfield, the venue with the capacity of 12,296. Bristol Rovers are well known for their blue and white home kit, but they are dressed in yellow when playing on the travels.
Ricky Lambert, who used to play for the likes of Southampton and Liverpool in the Premier League, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable footballers. It has to be noted that Lambert scored 51 goals in 128 appearances for the Pirates in the league.