Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Pride Park when Derby County and Forest Green face each other in a highly-anticipated League One game. The Rams have drawn each of their last three league matches, but a win over Forest Green should see them climb to the playoffs berth. Fit-again forward Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is pushing for a start after recovering from his injury, while both Curtis Davies and James Chester remain in the treatment room.
The Green Army, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team beating both Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town in the last two league matches, but they will have a big fish to fry at Pride Park. Derby are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that the promotion-chasing hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. Corey O’Keeffe is back from suspension for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Korey Smith):
After spending his youth career at Norwich City, Korey Smith made his first-team debut for the Canaries in January 2008 in the FA Cup clash against Charlton Athletic. Smith played 67 league games for Norwich City and he scored 4 goals for the club, but in 2013 he signed a two-year deal with Oldham Athletic.
The midfielder who was born on 31 January, 1991, scored one goal in 42 appearances for the club in the 2013/2014 campaign and on 27 June, 2014, he joined Bristol City for an undisclosed fee. It has to be noted that he won Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with the Robins in his first season with the team.
Korey Smith was born in Hatfield, England and he has two younger sisters, Alice and Harriet. Smith is a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of operating as central midfielder and right back as well. The Bristol City footballer also represented the likes of Barnsley and Yeovil Town (on loan) in the past.
Highlighted Team (Forest Green):
Forest Green are an English club which was founded back in 1889. The Rovers host fellow League Two teams at the New Lawn, the stadium with the capacity of 5,302. Forest Green played their first home league game on October 6, 1889, with the team sharing the spoils with Brimscombe.
Green is the dominant colour of their home kit, and Forest Green footballers wear black shirts and black shorts when playing on the travels. In the 1981/82 season the club won the FA Vase, with the team beating Rainworth Miners Welfare 3-0 in the title game at Wembley Stadium.
It has to noted that town of Nailsworth, where Forest Green are based, is the smallest settlement to ever host a Football League club. In December 2012 the club won a prize for growing a field without using chemicals. cheltenham town are regarded as one of the club’s fiercest rivals.