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 derby on Saturday afternoon. The Exiles were leading the chase for automatic promotion in the first half of the season, but they occupy 5th position in the standings ahead of Matchday 30. Since Newport are eager to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s derby, we predict that they are going to find the net in the Rodney Parade showdown. Both Lewis and Telford are pushing for a start.
The Green Army, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Carlisle United and Oldham Athletic. Given Forest Green’s attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the first half of the season.
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.