Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Newport County take on Mansfield Town at Rodney Parade in what is expected to be a close game. The Exiles have been producing scintillating displays in all competitions this season, and a win over Mansfield could see them climb to the top position in the League Two table. In their first home game of the season Newport defeated Barrow 2-1. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be in-form attacker Tristan Abrahams, who has been impressive in front of goal of late.
The Yellows, on the other hand, have yet to record a win in the 2020/21 League One campaign. Mansfield are eager to spoil Newport’s party at Rodney Parade, but given the Exiles’ current form, we believe that home win should be considered. In their last encounter in the English fourth tier Mansfield recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over 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 (Mansfield):
Founded in 1897, Mansfield Town are a professional club that compete in the League 2, the English fourth tier. The Stags are well known for their yellow shirts and blue shorts, while the colour of their away kit is black. Field Mill is the club’s home ground, the stadium with the capacity of 9,186.
The venue was built back in 1861 and renovated in 1999. Chesterfield and Notts County are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals. Mansfield Town did well to win the Football League Trophy in 1986/1987 season, with the team beating Bristol City on penalties at Wembley Stadium.
The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the regular time, with Kevin Kent and Glyn Riley scoring for Mansfield Town and Bristol City respectively. Goalkeeper Rod Arnold is the player with most appearances as he played 513 games for the Stags in all competitions.