Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Grimsby and AFC Wimbledon go head to head in the League Two season opener at Blundell Park. The home team, Grimsby, hold a significant advantage as they have made impressive signings during the summer transfer window. The likes of Aboe Eisa, Danny Rose, Donovan Wilson, and Rekeil Pyke join their ranks, providing a formidable attacking force that promises goals and excitement.
In contrast, AFC Wimbledon face the challenge of coping with the departures of Ethan Chislett, Alex Woodyard, and George Marsh, leaving gaps to fill in their lineup. As the match unfolds, Grimsby's reinforced squad and home advantage will be vital factors in their quest for victory. The attacking potential of their new signings, coupled with the familiarity of their home ground, tips the balance in their favor. With all the advantages at their disposal, we predict that Grimsby are going to pick up all three points from the season opener.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Tzanev):
Nikola Tzanev is a New Zealand goalkeeper who started his youth career at Crystal Palace. Tzanev then moved to Brentford and he continued wearing the red and white shirt at senior level. After ending his loan spell with Lewes, the 195-cm-tall shoot-stopper moved to AFC Wimbledon in 2017.
During the 2018/2019 campaign he played for Potters Bar Town as a loan player, but at the end of the season he returned to AFC Wimbledon. He made his League One debut with the Dons on August 3, 2019 in a 2-1 loss to Rotherham United. Speaking of his international career, Nik Tzanev made his New Zealand debut in a 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei on June 5, 2018.
The Dons goalkeeper has 3 caps for the New Zealand U20 team as well. Nikola Tzanev was born in Wellington on December 23, 1996 and his preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Grimsby):
Founded back in 1878 as Grimsby Pelham, Grimsby Town are a professional football club that compete in League Two, the English fourth tier. Grimsby Town welcome their opponents at Blundell Park, the stadium which has the capacity of 9,027 people (all seated).
The Pilgrims are well known for their black jerseys with white stripes, whilst blue is the dominant colour of their away kit. Grimsby Town made it to the FA Trophy final on two occasions (2012/13, 2015/16), but they have yet to win the title in the competition. The likes of Hull City and Scunthorpe United are regarded as the club’s main rivals.
The Pilgrims registered their biggest win on September 4, 1925, as they crushed Tranmere Rovers 8-0. Speaking of their heaviest loss, Grimsby Town were beaten by Arsenal 9-1 on January 28, 1931. Pat Glover is sitting in top position in the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 180 league goals on his account.