Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Colchester play host to Mansfield at their Colchester Community Stadium in what is a must-win game for the visitors. The Yellows are three points behind the playoffs berth ahead of Matchday 46 and they have no other choice but to leave their hearts on the field. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team, but talented forward Will Swan could sneak into the starting XI after scoring as a substitute in a 2-1 loss to Harrogate.
The U’s, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team sharing the spoils with Crawley, beating Sutton, while losing to Doncaster. Anyhow, the visitors want this triumph more than the hosts and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Both Hopper and Fevrie are pushing for a start as Ben Garner should opt to make changes to the team that suffered a 1-0 loss to Doncaster.
Highlighted Player (Kwesi Appiah ):
Born in Thamesmead, England on August 12, 1990, Kwesi Appiah is a professional footballer who plays for AFC Wimbledon in the League One. Due to his dual citizenship, Appiah is eligible to play for Ghana and he made his debut with the Black Stars in a 2-1 win over South Africa on January 27, 2015.
The pacey forward scored his first goal for the national team in a 3-0 win over Guinea on February 1, 2015. Appiah started his club career at Ebbsfleet United, but the list of clubs he played for is pretty long.
Appiah wore Peterborough United, Weymouth, King’s Lynn, Kettering Town, Brackley Town, Thurrock, Margate, Crystal Palace, Aldershot Town, Yeovil Town, Cambridge United, Notts County, Reading and Viking shirts before signing a permanent deal with AFC Wimbledon in 2017. His main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of producing fine performances as both second striker and left winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Mansfield):
Founded in 1897, Mansfield Town are a professional club that compete in the League 2, the English fourth tier. The Stags are well known for their yellow shirts and blue shorts, while the colour of their away kit is black. Field Mill is the club’s home ground, the stadium with the capacity of 9,186.
The venue was built back in 1861 and renovated in 1999. Chesterfield and Notts County are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals. Mansfield Town did well to win the Football League Trophy in 1986/1987 season, with the team beating Bristol City on penalties at Wembley Stadium.
The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the regular time, with Kevin Kent and Glyn Riley scoring for Mansfield Town and Bristol City respectively. Goalkeeper Rod Arnold is the player with most appearances as he played 513 games for the Stags in all competitions.