Our prediction for this League 2 match:
All eyes will be on Rodney Parade when Newport County and Forest Green face each other in the League Two playoffs semis, first leg. The Exiles continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive home triumph. Since Newport boss Michael Flynn has a full squad to choose from for the first leg, home win should be considered.
The Green army, on the other hand, booked their place in the playoffs thanks to a 3-0 win over Oldham. Forest Green, though, will have a mountain to climb against Newport, who are eyeing their 14th home win of the season. Ebou Adams is banned for the match, while both Jamille Matt and Nicky Cadden are rated doubtful. In their last meeting in the League Two Forest Green defeated Newport, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Tom King):
Thomas Lloyd King is a professional footballer who plays for Newport County as a goalkeeper. Born in Plymouth, England, on March 9, 1995, Tom King played for the likes of Manchester 62, Portsmouth, and Crystal Palace during his youth career.
Despite signing a professional deal with Crystal Palace, the English shot-stopper did not see any game action with the Eagles at the senior level. Tom King moved to Millwall in the summer of 2014, signing a one-year deal with the capital club. After making only 11 appearances for the Lions in the League One, King joined League two side Newport County on June 7, 2019, signing a two-year deal with the South Wales outfit.
It has to be noted that Thomas Lloyd King played for the likes of Welling United, Braintree Town, Stevenage, and AFC Wimbledon on loan as well before signing a deal with Newport County. Tom King has one cap with the England U17 despite his dual citizenship (England/Wales).
Highlighted Team (Forest Green):
Forest Green are an English club which was founded back in 1889. The Rovers host fellow League Two teams at the New Lawn, the stadium with the capacity of 5,302. Forest Green played their first home league game on October 6, 1889, with the team sharing the spoils with Brimscombe.
Green is the dominant colour of their home kit, and Forest Green footballers wear black shirts and black shorts when playing on the travels. In the 1981/82 season the club won the FA Vase, with the team beating Rainworth Miners Welfare 3-0 in the title game at Wembley Stadium.
It has to noted that town of Nailsworth, where Forest Green are based, is the smallest settlement to ever host a Football League club. In December 2012 the club won a prize for growing a field without using chemicals. cheltenham town are regarded as one of the club’s fiercest rivals.