Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Newport and Harrogate will lock horns in an anticipated League Two clash. Newport come into the game on the back of a morale-boosting 2-1 victory over Colchester United, displaying a return to form. However, they will miss the services of the injured Declan Drysdale. Harrogate, in contrast, struggled in their recent outing, suffering a 1-0 defeat against MK Dons. This loss may have dented their confidence, making this encounter a pivotal moment for them to bounce back. The Sulphurites will need to regroup and find their rhythm to stand a chance against Newport's resurgent side.
Considering Newport's recent performance and Harrogate's recent setback, the odds seem to favor the home team. With the home advantage and newfound confidence, Newport appears poised to clinch a victory. The encounter promises exciting football as both teams vie for crucial points in the League Two campaign. The stage is set for an exciting battle between Newport and Harrogate, with Newport tipped to emerge triumphant.
Highlighted Player (Joe Mattock):
Joe Mattock is a professional footballer who plays for Rotherham United in the Championship. Mattock was born on 11 May, 1990 in Leicester, England and he began his senior career at Leicester City. He plays as a left back and his contract with Rotherham United expires on 30 June, 2017.
Joe Mattock played for West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United, Portsmouth and Brighton in the past and he represented England on the international stage as well. He has 1 cap for England U17 team, 13 caps for the U19 team and 5 for England U21 team. Mattock started his youth career at Leicester City and he was voted Leicester’s academy played of the 2006/2007 season. He made his debut for the Leicester City senior team on 14 April, 2007, in a 2-1 loss to Norwich City.
He came as a substitute in the second half of the match, replacing Gareth McAuley at left back. Speaking of his personal life, Mattock was sentenced to ten months in prison on October 2011 as he pleaded guilty to a charge of affray.
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.