Our prediction for this League 1 match:
High-flying Plymouth will be aiming to cement top position in the standings when they welcome Bristol Rovers to their Home Park in a postponed fixture. The Pilgrims are determined to return to the Championship and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s clash. Both Finn Azaz and Niall Ennis are pushing for a start, while James Wilson should replace Nigel Lonwijk in the starting XI.
The Pirates, meanwhile, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Port Vale, and given the lack of motivation in the visiting side, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the league leaders. Antony Evans is pushing for a recall to the starting XI, as well as John Marquis. Anyhow, the promotion-chasing hosts want this win more than the visitors, who have nothing to play for in the remainder of the season.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.
Highlighted Team (Plymouth):
Nicknamed the Pilgrims, Plymouth are a professional football club that host their rivals at Home Park. The stadium, which can hold up to 18,600 people, was built in 1892 and opened the following year. Plymouth footballers wear dark green jerseys and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while light green and white are the dominant colours of their away kit.
The Pilgrims made it to the FA Cup semi-finals in the 1983-84 season, with the team advancing to the Football League Cup semis on two occasions (1964-65, 1973-74). The Pilgrims recorded their biggest win against Millwall on January 16, 1932, with the team beating the Lions 8-1, and they repeated the success in 1994 as they rolled over Hartlepool United in the Second Division.
The club suffered their heaviest defeat against Stoke City (0-9) on December 17, 1960. Fellow Devon teams Exeter City and Torquay United are seen as the club’s fiercest rivals.