Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Derby County will look to build on back-to-back wins over Cheltenham and Charlton when they welcome Shrewsbury Town to their Pride Park on Saturday afternoon. The Rams want to melt Portsmouth’s advantage to only one point and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Shrews. Both Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Ebou Adams limped off with injuries in the Valley triumph, with Tom Barkhuizen and Liam Thompson likely to step up.
The visitors, on the other hand, have suffered three defeats in the previous four league matches and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Derby County’s party at Pride Park. To make things even more complicated for the visiting side, talented forward Tom Bloxham serves a one-game ban following his sending-off in the defeat to Cambridge. Paul Hurst is likely to stick to the 4-3-3 formation, with Daniel Udoh up front as a lone centre-forward.
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 (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.