Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Port Vale and Bristol Rovers go head to head at Vale Park on day 44 of the 2022/2023 League One campaign. The Valiants failed to spoil Ipswich Town’s party at Portman Road, but their display in the midweek loss was anything but poor. Port Vale are eager to escape the danger zone, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Saturday’s encounter. Wales forward Ellis Harrison is likely to return to the starting XI after coming off the bench in Tuesday’s clash.
The Pirates, on the other hand, have nothing to play for in the remainder of the season as they are stuck in the middle of the table. All Connolly, Loft, and Ward should drop to the bench following their below-par displays in a 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, with all Evans, Finley, and Sinclair pushing for a start. Taking everything into account, home win should be considered as Port Vale are only six points clear of the relegation zone.
Highlighted Player (Funso Ojo ):
Funso Ojo is a Belgium international who plays for Aberdeen as a midfielder. Ojo was born in Antwerp on August 28, 1991, starting his youth career at Olse Merksem. In 2004 he was spotted by PSV scouts, moving to Eindhoven very soon.
Funso Ojo made 11 appearances for PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie before moving to Beerschot AC, yet another club from his youth career. The Belgium international played for the likes of Royal Antwerp, Dordrecht, Willem II, and Scunthorpe United before signing a deal with Aberdeen in 2019. Funso Ojo made his Scotland Premiership debut in a 3-2 win over Hearts.
Speaking of his international career, Ojo has one cap with the Belgium U21 team, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the Belgium senior team. His primary position is central midfield, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a defensive midfielder. As his parents are of Nigeria descent, the Aberdeen footballer has a dual citizenship.
Highlighted Team (Bristol Rovers):
Established back on August 1, 1883, Bristol Rovers are one of the oldest clubs in the League One. Bristol Rovers were formed after a meeting at the Eastville Restaurant under the name of Black Arabs after the Arabs rugby team.
This name, though, lasted no more than one season as the club was renamed Eastville Rovers in 1884. Five years later the club’s name was officially changes to Bristol Rovers. Nicknamed the Pirates, Bristol Rovers welcome their opponents at Memorial Stadium Horfield, the venue with the capacity of 12,296. Bristol Rovers are well known for their blue and white home kit, but they are dressed in yellow when playing on the travels.
Ricky Lambert, who used to play for the likes of Southampton and Liverpool in the Premier League, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable footballers. It has to be noted that Lambert scored 51 goals in 128 appearances for the Pirates in the league.