Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Stevenage and Bristol Rovers go head to head at Lamex Stadium in what is expected to be an interesting League One encounter. The Boro have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating Blackpool, losing to Reading, while sharing the spoils with Port Vale. As there are no fresh injury worries in Steve Evans’ team, home win should definitely be considered.
The Pirates, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion. Bristol Rovers have been struggling at the back of late and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Stevenage’s party at Lamex Stadium. To make things even worse for the visiting side, experienced defender George Friend once again finds himself on the sidelines after limping off with injury in the last league match. In the first half of the season the two teams played out a 1-1 draw.
Highlighted Player (Jake Taylor):
Jake Taylor is a product of the Reading football academy who plays for Exeter City in the League Two. Taylor spent his youth career at Reading, and he continued wearing the blue and white shirt at senior level.
After scoring two goals in 31 appearances with the Royals in the league, the English footballer spent several seasons on loan at the likes of Aldershot Town, Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Crawley Town, Leyton Orient, and Motherwell. In 2016 Jake Taylor returned to Exeter City, signing a permanent deal with the St James Park outfit.
Despite being born in Ascot, England, on December 1, 1991, Taylor represents Wales on the international stage. He has ten caps with the Wales U21 team, and he made his debut with the Dragons at the senior level in a 2-1 win over Cyprus on October 13, 2014. His primary position is central midfielder.
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.