Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Newport County and Walsall square off against each other at Rodney Parade in what is expected to be an interesting League Two game. The Exiles have been struggling to find their best form in the first half of the season, but the game against Walsall could be the turning point for the hosts. Both Ellison and Cooper are pushing for a start as Welsh tactician Michael Flynn should opt to make changes to the team that suffered a 1-0 loss to Northampton.
The Cobblers, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over Mansfield Town. Walsall have been in a fine form of late, but beating Newport County at Rodney Parade is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards, and we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on draw. Neil McDonald will field the best possible side this time out after resting several first-team regulars in the EFL Trophy win over Brighton U21.
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 (Walsall):
Founded in 1888, Walsall are a professional club that play home matches at Bescot Stadium. The capacity of the venue is 11,300 people and it was opened in 1990. Nicknamed the Saddlers, Walsall footballers wear red shirts and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while black is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Walsall played out a goalless draw with Aston Villa on April 9, 1888 in their first ever game, with the team recording their biggest win on March 4, 1899 against Darwen (10-0). The Saddlers suffered their biggest defeat on December 17, 1892 as they were beaten by Small Heath 12-0.
Walsall fans consider wolverhampton wanderers the club’s biggest rivals, but the Saddlers have rivalries with Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale as well as the two clubs are only 30 miles away from Walsall. Crystal Palace centre-back Scott Dann is one of the most notable footballers who played for the Bescot Stadium.