Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Sixfields Stadium will host Friday’s football game between Northampton Town and Shrewsbury Town. The Cobblers aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to AFC Wimbledon, and seeing that they are sitting just above the relegation zone, we are positive that the hosts will leave their hearts on the field. Despite failing to convert a penalty in the defeat to Wimbledon, Sam Hoskins should keep his place in the starting XI.
The Shrews, on the other hand, suffered a 2-1 loss to Portsmouth before the international break. Shrewsbury are ten points clear of bottom four, meaning that the hosts want this win more than the visitors. In the first half of the season the Cobblers defeated the Shrews 2-1 at Greenhous Meadow, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. Northampton Town recorded three wins in the previous four home games in the League One.
Highlighted Player (Joseph Mills):
Joseph Mills is an Aston Villa product who plays for Northampton Town in the League One. Mills moved to Southampton in 2006, and he continued playing for the Saints at senior level. After ending his loan spells with Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers, the pacey left-back joined Reading in 2011, but he made no more than 15 appearances for the Royals in the league.
After his short spell with Burnley, Joseph Mills moved to Oldham Athletic, and it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Perth Glory, Shrewsbury Town, and Forest Green Rovers as well before moving to Northampton Town.
Mills was born in Swindon, England on October 30, 1989, and he wears the No. 23 shirt with the Cobblers. His primary position is left-back, but coaches use him as a left midfielder as well. He has a contract with Northampton Town which should expire in June 2022.
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.