Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Shrewsbury will be aiming to extend their winning run at home ground to three games when they welcome Bristol Rovers at their Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday afternoon. The Shrews are only three points behind the play-offs berth in the League One standings, meaning that the clash against Bristol Rovers is of great importance for the home side.
The Pirates, on the other hand, did well to put an end to their three-game winless run, with the team beating Rochdale on the road on Matchday 18. Considering that only one point separates Shrewsbury Town and Bristol Rovers in the League One standings, a close encounter is on the horizon at Montgomery Waters Meadow. The two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment; therefore, we are tempted to put our money on draw. In their last meeting in a competitive game, the two teams shared the spoils.
Highlighted Player (Donald Love):
Donald Love is a professional footballer who plays for Shrewsbury Town as a defender. Love’s main position is right-back, but he is used as both centre-back and defensive midfielder as well. Born in Rochdale, England on December 2, 1994, Donald Love started his youth career at Nortwich Town before joining Manchester United football academy in 2002.
Eleven years later he signed a professional contract with the famous English club and he made his Man Utd debut in a 2-1 loss to Midtjylland in the 2015/2016 Europa League knockout stages. During his spell at Manchester United Donald Love was sent on loan to Wigan Athletic and in the summer of 2016 he joined Sunderland.
After making 27 appearances for the Black Cats in the league, Love moved to fellow League One side Shrewsbury Town. Despite being born in England, Donald Love represents Scotland in international matches. The Shrewsbury Town defender has 5 caps with Scotland U21 team.
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.