Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Salford play host to Mansfield at their Peninsula Stadium in what is expected to be an interesting League Two encounter. The Lions are undefeated in the previous three league matches, but they need to start winning on a regular basis if they are to, at least, book their spot in the playoffs. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, but centre-forward Matt Smith should be recalled to the starting XI after the 34-year-old was rested in the FA Cup draw with Peterborough.
The Yellows, on the other hand, are on a three-game losing run in all competitions and given Salford’s fine unbeaten run, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Ollie Clarke limped off with injury in the FA Cup loss to Wrexham, with George Maris likely to step up. In their last meeting in the League Two Salford crushed Mansfield 5-2, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Conor McAleny):
Conor McAleny is a product of Everton youth academy, joining the club from Merseyside in 2003 at the age of 11. Despite the fact that his main position is centre-forward, McAleny is used as both second striker and left winger as well. McAleny did spend his youth career at Goodison Park, but it has to be noted that he made no more than two appearances for the Toffees at senior level.
The English attacker, who was born in Whiston on August 12, 1992, made his first-team debut in a 1-0 Premier League loss to Arsenal on December, 2011. Conor McAleny played for the likes of Scunthorpe United, Brentford, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic and Oxford United before signing a deal with Fleetwood Town.
The right-footed striker spent the second half of the 2018/2019 season on loan at Kilmarnock, scoring 3 goals in 11 appearances for the club in the Scottish Premier League.
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.