Our prediction for this League 2 match:
All eyes will be on Peninsula Stadium when Salford City and Mansfield Town face each other in the League Two derby. The Lions are three points behind the playoffs berth, and we are positive that they will go all-out attack in Saturday’s clash. Ian Henderson, who is enjoying yet another successful season, will be the man to watch in the home team.
The Yellows, on the other hand, have little to play for in the season finale as they are 14 points clear of the relegation zone. Mansfield Town did well to beat Stevenage and Scunthorpe in the previous two league fixtures, but seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on the Lions. In the first half of the season Mansfield defeated Salford 2-1, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Richie Towell):
Richie Towell is a professional footballer who was born in Dublin, Ireland on July 17, 1991. After starting his youth career at Crumlin United, Towell was spotted by Celtic scouts in 2007, and he decided to join the famous Scottish outfit.
However, he made only one appearance for the Hoops at senior level, coming as a substitute for Jos Hooiveld in a 2-2 draw with Inverness in November 2010. Ritchie Towell played for the likes of Hibernian (loan), Dundalk, Brighton, and Rotherham United (loan) as well before signing a deal with his current club Salford City.
The Salford City midfielder has nine caps with the Republic of Ireland U21 team, but he has yet to earn a call-up with the senior team. His primary position is central midfield, but he is used as an attacking midfielder as well. Richie Towell has two Irish Premier League trophies with Dundalk (2013, 2014).
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.