Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Rotherham United will look to make a flying start to the season when they take on Plymouth at Aesseal New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Millers are eyeing a quick return to the Championship, but that is easier said than done. It has to be noted that the club chiefs signed Shane Ferguson from Millwall in the summer transfer window. The Pilgrims, on the other hand, finished the 2020/21 League One campaign in 18th place, only six points clear of the relegation zone.
Plymouth aim to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign, but seeing that Rotherham United have turned their Aesseal New York Stadium into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Luke Jephcott, who scored 16 goals in the English third tier last season.
Highlighted Player (Adam Thompson):
Born in Harlow, England on September 28, 1992, Adam Thompson is a defender who plays for Bury in League One. Thompson started his youth career at Watford and after making 14 appearances for the Hornets at senior level, he moved to Southend United, signing a permanent deal with the club in January, 2014.
It has to be noted that he played for the likes of Brentford, Wycombe Wanderers and Barnet on loan as well before joining the Shakers. Adam Thompson has a short loan spell at Bradford City in the 2017/2018 season, but he made no more than nine appearances for the Bantams. Despite being born in England, Adam Thompson decided to represent Northern Ireland in international matches.
He made his debut with the Northern Ireland national team on February 9, 2011, coming from the bench in a 3-0 loss to Scotland. His main position is centre-back, but he is capable of producing fine showings at right-back 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.