Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Blundell Park will host Tuesday’s postponed fixture between Grimsby Town and Newport County. The Mariners failed to impress in back-to-back losses to Exeter (1-4) and Colchester (1-2), with the team remaining in the danger zone. Grimsby Town attacker Sean Scannell suffered an injury at the weekend, and he is unlikely to feature against Newport. The Exiles, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Morecambe.
The league leaders aim to move one step closer to securing promotion to the League One, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Grimsby Town. Since the Mariners have been struggling to find their form of late, we are tempted to put our money on the League Two leaders. In their last meeting in the English fourth tier Grimsby outplayed Newport 4-2, meaning that the visitors are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Sean Scannell):
Sean Scannell is a winger who plays for Huddersfield Town. The Irish footballer is capable of playing up front as well and he began his senior career at Crystal Palace, before penning a three-year contract with Huddersfield Town.
The English player, who was born in Croydon on 17 September 1990, made 25 outings for Huddersfield in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, scoring one goal for the club. Sean Scannell has 10 caps for Republic of Ireland Under-21 side, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. Scannell was named Republic of Ireland Young Player of the Year in 2007, and in 2008 he was Crystal Palace’s Young Player of the Year.
His contract with Huddersfield Town expires on 30 June, 2019 and his highest market value was €1 million back on 8 January, 2009. Sean Scannell started his youth career in Addiscombe Corinthians, but he played for Crystal Palace youth teams as well.
Highlighted Team (Newport County):
Nicknamed the Exiles, Newport County are a Welsh club that welcome their rivals at Rodney Parade. Despite being based in Wales, the club compete in the English League Two. Newport County’s home ground was built in 1904, and it has a capacity of 7,850 people. The club’s home colours are amber shirts and black shorts, with the team wearing black, gray and amber kit when playing on the travels.
Newport County did well to win Welsh Cup in 1980, with the team making it to the FA Trophy in 2012. In 2008 the Latics managed to win the FAW Premier Cup, with the team beating fellow Welsh club Llanelli 1-0 in the title game.
Newport County recorded their biggest league win against Merthyr Town (10-0) on April 10, 1930, with the team suffering their heaviest defeat to Newcastle United (0-13) on October 5, 1946. The club’s record league attendance is 24,268. The record was set on October 16, 1937, when Newport County hosted Cardiff City in a Football League Third Division South game.