Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Shrewsbury Town will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon when they host Bristol Rovers at their Greenhous Meadow. The Shrews aim to move a little closer to the playoffs berth, but the midweek fixture will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Shrewsbury Town are eyeing their first home win of the season, but, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the Bristol Rovers game.
The Pirates, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous four games in all competitions. Bristol Rovers head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Burton, and seeing that Shrewsbury Town have been having their ups and downs at the start of the season, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Both bosses could use the midweek fixture to rest some first-team regulars.
Highlighted Player (Jack Bonham):
Jack Bonham is a professional footballer who was born in Stevenage on the 14th of September, 1993. The 26-year-old, although having born in England, is an Irish International and has featured for the Republic of Ireland's Under-17 team five times.
At the club level, he began his youth career with Watford and signed his first professional contract in September 2010 at the age of 17. Bonham's first-ever professional appearance came on the 4th of May, 2013 as a substitute against Leeds United in the final game of the 12/13 Championship season.
This appearance marked the 1.92 m standing goalkeeper's only appearance in a Watford shirt. Bonham then went on to play for clubs like Brentford, Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers before eventually joining Gillingham at the start of the 2019 season on a two-year contract. He's since featured nine times for the club and kept two clean sheets.
Highlighted Team (Portsmouth):
During Milan Mandaric’s era at the club, Portsmouth played an important role in the Premier League, with the team finishing their debut season (2003/2004) in the 13th position in the standings. The club impressed in the 2008/2009 season, with Nwankwo Kanu’s goal helping them beat Cardiff City in the FA Cup final.
As a result, Portsmouth represented England in the Europa League, with the team progressing in the group stages of the competition thanks to a win over Vitoria Gimaraes in the final qualifying round. The current club was formed in 2013, but the original amateur club was founded back in 1883. Nowadays Portsmouth host their rivals at Fratton Park, with the venue holding up to 20,620 spectators.
The likes of Sol Campbell, David James, Glen Johnson and aforementioned Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu are considered one of the club’s most notable players. Portsmouth wear blue shirts, white shorts and red socks when hosting their rivals at Fratton Park, while wearing white and blue colours when playing on the road.