Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at Stadium of Light pits together Sunderland and Shrewsbury Town, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Sunderland aim to keep their promotion hopes alive, and they will give their best to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Plymouth. Defender Jordan Willis has joined Conor McLaughlin in the recovery room, but they should be the only absentees in the home team.
The Shrews, on the other hand, have been in a fine form in the League One of late, with the team recording four wins in the previous five league fixtures. Shrewsbury Town were beaten by Southampton in the FA Cup on Tuesday evening, and seeing that Sunderland are eager to climb to the playoffs berth, home win should be considered. In the first half of the season the Shrews defeated the Black Cats at Greenhous Meadow, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Will Grigg):
Wighan Athletic striker Will Grigg became a viral sensation during the European Championship in France but the chances are any avid football fan will have been well aware of his goalscoring exploits even before 2016. The 27-year-old forward began his career at Stratford Town but it was in Walsall that the world took notice of his presence after 27 goals in 99 performances for the club.
He first came to prominence during the 2012/13 season when he was voted the club’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season, but a loan spell at Milton Keynes Dons during his rather unfortunate two-year spell over at Brentford proved crucial for his career.
The total of 20 goals in 44 appearances at Stadium MK was where Wigan Athletic noticed the Northern Ireland man and moved in to sign him on a three year contract for a £1 million fee in 2015. ‘Will Grigg’s on Fire’ was the hit song of the Euro 2016 even though the Northern Ireland striker ended up not getting a chance to make a bow in the tournament.
Highlighted Team (Shrewsbury):
Based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Shrewsbury Town are a professional club that play home games at New Meadow stadium, the venue which was opened in 2007 and has the capacity of 10,361. Shrewsbury Town were founded back in 1886, with some reports indicating the club was established at the Lion Hotel.
The Blues wear blue shirts with yellow stripe and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kit is purple. Mickey Brown holds the club record for most appearances as he played 190 games for the club, scoring 9 goals in the league. Both Wolverhampton and Walsall are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals, but there have always been fireworks in matches between Shrewsbury Town and Hereford United as well.
The two teams face each other in the “A49 derby” and it has to be noted that the Blues have built rivalries with Chester City and Wrexham as well.