Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Shrewsbury Town and Sunderland face each other at Montgomery Waters Meadow in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Saturday’s program. The Shrews played out a 1-1 draw with Gillingham in their last league fixture, with the team extending their unbeaten run in the League One to three games. Sam Ricketts’ troops managed to keep three clean sheets in previous five league games and they are likely to rely on their solid defence against Sunderland.
The Black Cats have been playing below expectations in the 2019/2020 League One season and, as a result, they sit in the 8th position in the standings ahead of the trip to Shropshire. Sunderland are not regarded as good travelers, but seeing that they rolled over Tranmere Rovers 5-0 in their last home game, we are tempted to put our money on the promotion-chasing side.
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 (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.