Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Memorial Stadium will host Friday’s football game between Bristol Rovers and Salford City, the two playoffs-chasing sides. Bristol Rovers head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Tranmere, and they are surely capable of matching Salford in front of home fans. Anthony Evans remains in the recovery room, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Lions, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Harrogate. Since Salford City will go for a win in Friday’s derby as well, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Lee Bowyer has no fresh injury worries, and he is unlikely to make changes to the team that outplayed Harrogate at the weekend. You should know that the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first half of the season.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.
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.