Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Northampton quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Carlisle, with the team beating Stevenage on the road on Tuesday. The Cobblers are eager to stay in automatic promotion berth, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for Jon Brady’s men. Ali Koiki is widely expected to replace fellow defender Joseph Mills in the starting XI as the later limped off with injury in midweek, while Sid Nelson and Shaun McWilliams remain in the treatment room.
The Pirates, on the other hand, are eyeing a place in the playoffs. Given their three-game winning run in the League Two, we predict that the visitors will hold Northampton to a draw at Sixfields Stadium. Joey Barton has no fresh injury worries, and he is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the U’s.
Highlighted Player (Joseph Mills):
Joseph Mills is an Aston Villa product who plays for Northampton Town in the League One. Mills moved to Southampton in 2006, and he continued playing for the Saints at senior level. After ending his loan spells with Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers, the pacey left-back joined Reading in 2011, but he made no more than 15 appearances for the Royals in the league.
After his short spell with Burnley, Joseph Mills moved to Oldham Athletic, and it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Perth Glory, Shrewsbury Town, and Forest Green Rovers as well before moving to Northampton Town.
Mills was born in Swindon, England on October 30, 1989, and he wears the No. 23 shirt with the Cobblers. His primary position is left-back, but coaches use him as a left midfielder as well. He has a contract with Northampton Town which should expire in June 2022.
Highlighted Team (Bristol Rovers):
Established back on August 1, 1883, Bristol Rovers are one of the oldest clubs in the League One. Bristol Rovers were formed after a meeting at the Eastville Restaurant under the name of Black Arabs after the Arabs rugby team.
This name, though, lasted no more than one season as the club was renamed Eastville Rovers in 1884. Five years later the club’s name was officially changes to Bristol Rovers. Nicknamed the Pirates, Bristol Rovers welcome their opponents at Memorial Stadium Horfield, the venue with the capacity of 12,296. Bristol Rovers are well known for their blue and white home kit, but they are dressed in yellow when playing on the travels.
Ricky Lambert, who used to play for the likes of Southampton and Liverpool in the Premier League, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable footballers. It has to be noted that Lambert scored 51 goals in 128 appearances for the Pirates in the league.