Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Following an unexpected loss to Reading, Derby County will look to return to winning ways in the League One when they take on Cheltenham Town on Matchday 30. The Rams aim to climb to the automatic promotion berth and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Robins. Talented midfielder Louis Sibley is pushing for a start, while all Martyn Waghorn, Conor Washington, Jake Rooney, and Craig Forsyth should miss out with injuries.
Cheltenham, on the other hand, failed to upset Bolton in the midweek clash, with the team remaining in the relegation zone. As the Robins have already suffered nine defeats on the road this term, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home side. In their last meeting at Pride Park Derby defeated Cheltenham 2-0 and we predict that history is going to repeat itself. Fit-again defender Benjamin Williams could play some part for the visiting team in Saturday’s encounter.
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 (Cheltenham):
Founded in 1887 by a local teacher Albert Close White, Cheltenham Town are an English club that compete in League Two. The Robins wear white jerseys with red stripes and white shorts when playing at home, while sky blue is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Cheltenham Town clinched the FA Trophy in 1998, with the team defeating Southport 1-0 in the title game. The match was played at Wembley Stadium in front of 26,837 spectators, with John Eaton scoring the only goal of the match. The Robins have won Leamington Hospital Cup, Midland Floodlit Cup, Gloucestershire Senior Cup, Cheltenham League and Gloucestershire Senior Amateur North Challenge Cup as well.
The likes of Gloucester City and Hereford are seen as Cheltenham’s traditional rivals, while, in more recent years, Forest Green Rovers have been the club’s main rivals. A 12-0 win over Chippenham Rovers (November 2, 1935), with the team suffering their biggest defeat against Tydfil (1-10) on March 8, 1952.