Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at the Mazuma Stadium pits together Morecambe and Cheltenham Town, the two bottom-table sides. Morecambe aim to build on back-to-back wins over Accrington and Burton, and they must be high on spirits following the 5-0 crushing of the Brewers. The opposition back-line should have talented attacker Kieran Phillips at bay as the 22-year-old scored a brace in the last league match.
The visitors, on the other hand, are seven points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the trip to Morecambe. The Robins were beaten by Bristol Rovers in their last away game, and given Morecambe’s form at the start of 2023, we predict that the visiting side will return home empty-handed. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to Lancashire. In the first half of the season Cheltenham defeated Morecambe 1-0, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Anthony O\\\'Connor):
Born in Cork, the Republic of Ireland on October 25, 1992, Anthony O’Connor is a professional footballer who plays for Bradford City as a defender. His primary position is a centre-back, but he is used as both right-back and defensive midfielder as well.
The Irish footballer is a product of the Blackburn Rovers football academy, but he did not see any game action with the Riversiders at senior level. After ending his loan spells with the likes of Burton Albion, Torquay United, and Plymouth Argyle, Anthony O’Connor signed a permanent deal with the Pilgrims in 2015. At the end of the 2014/2015 season, O’Connor returned to Burton, signing a two-year contract with the Brewers.
In the summer of 2016, he moved to Scotland Premier League club Aberdeen where he scored five goals in 61 league appearances. In June 2018 he joined League Two side Bradford City. It has to be noted that Anthony O’Connor has eight caps with the Republic of Ireland U21 team.
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.