Our prediction for this League 2 match:
After suffering a 1-0 loss to Morecambe on Tuesday evening, Barrow will be aiming to give fans some cheer when they take on Salford City on Matchday 16. The first half of the season has been a mixed bag for the newcomers, who sit in the 21st place in the standings. Barrow are eager to escape the danger zone, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s clash against the promotion-chasing side.
Experienced defender Sam Hird is sidelined through suspension, and the 33-year-old is going to be sorely missed against Salford. The Lions, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Carlisle. Since a win over Barrow could see Salford City climb to the League Two playoffs berth, we are tempted to put our money on the visiting team. Keep in mind, though, that the Lions attacker Ian Henderson is likely to miss the game with injury.
Highlighted Player (Luke James):
After starting his senior career at Hartlepool United, Luke James moved to Peterborough United in 2014. The English attacker played for the likes of Bradford City and Bristol Rovers on loan as well before joining Forest Green in the 2017/18 season.
After making 14 appearances in the league for the Green Army, Luke James returned to Hartlepool. In the summer of 2020 he joined his current club Barrow. James made his Barrow debut in the League two on September 12, 2009 in a 1-1 draw with Stevenage, and he scored his first goal for the club the following month in a 2-2 draw with Walsall.
His main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a winger as well. Born in Amble, England on November 4, 1994, Luke James has a contract with Barrow until July 20, 2020. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Salford):
Founded during the Second World War (1940) as Salford Central, the League Two side play their home games at Moor Lane. The stadium, which was opened in 1978 and renovated in 2019, can hold up to 5,108 spectators. The Lions wear red jerseys and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while white and black are the dominant colours of their away kit.
Salford City secured promotion to the League 2 at the end of the 2018/19 as they defeated Flyde 3-0 in the National League play-offs final. The match was played at Wembley Stadium, with Touray, Pergianni, and Dieseruvwe scoring for the Lions.
In the 1977/78 season Salford City won their first Manchester Premier Cup trophy, with the team repeating the success the following year. Bury are seen as the club’s main rivals, but their rivalry with the likes of Oldham and Rochdale is pretty big as well.