Our prediction for this League 2 match:
AFC Wimbledon will look to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Crawley Town and Barrow when they take on Walsall at Plough Lane. The Dons do not seem to be at their sharpest, with the team collecting only one point in total from the last five league fixtures, but their League Two status is not in danger. Defender Paul Kalambayi is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Saddlers, on the other hand, are stuck in the middle of the table with 49 points on their account. Walsall, though, have been in a much better form of late than AFC Wimbledon, which is probably the main reason why away win should be considered. As for the visiting side, defender Liam Gordon is on international duty with Guyana, while Joe Low is a major doubt after representing Scotland U21 in a friendly against Wales U21 at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Chris Gunter):
After spending one and a half season at Cardiff City, Chris Gunter signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 1 January, 2008. However, he did not play an important role in the team during the second half of the 2007/2008 Premier League campaign, making just two league appearances for the White Hart Lane outfit.
Seeing that he was not considered first-team regular in the 2008/2009 season as well, Gunter decided to join Nottingham Forest on Loan in March, 2009. Four months later he signed a permanent deal with the Reds and he stayed at the club until July 2012, when he completed a move to Reading. The Wales international signed a three-year deal with the Royals and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. It has to be noted that he made 44 league appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign.
Chris Gunter was born in Newport, Wales on 21 July, 1989 and he made his debut for the Welsh national team in a friendly match against New Zealand on 26 May, 2007, while helping the Dragons reach the Euro 2016 semis in France.
Highlighted Team (Barnsley):
Barnsley are an English club nicknamed the Tykes. The club was founded in 1887 and it has to be noted that they spend more seasons in the Championship than any other club in the history. The Tykes played in the Sheffield and District League from 1890, but in 1895 they were part of the Midland League. Barnsley play their home games at Oakwell, the stadium that was built in 1887.
The capacity of the stadium is 23,009 and it was opened back in 1888, just one year after the club’s foundation. The Tykes made it to the FA Cup final in 1910, but Newcastle United proved to be a big catch for the Oakwell outfit in the title game.
Nonetheless, Barnsley won the FA cup trophy in 1912 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the two-legged tie (0-0, 1-0) to clinch the prestigious trophy for the first and only time in their history.