Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Friday’s football game between Salford City and Notts County will open round 8 of the new League Two campaign. The Lions are on a three-game losing run in the English fourth tier and, no doubt, they are desperate to get back on course. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, but both Kevin Berkoe and Ryan Watson should be recalled to the starting XI. Meanwhile, the Magpies have a chance to overtake Gillingham in top position in the standings.
Since the visitors will go for a win in Saturday’s encounter as well, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Luke Williams is unlikely to make changes to the team that shared the spoils with MK Dons in the last league match. In their last meeting in a competitive match, back in 2015, Salford City defeated Notts County 2-0.
Highlighted Player (David McGoldrick):
David McGoldrick is an Irish international who was born in Nottingham, England on 29 November, 1987. McGoldrick was eligible to play for both England and Republic of Ireland and he decided to play for the Irish national team. The striker made his Ireland debut on 18 November, 2014, in a 4-1 win over USA and it has to be noted that he provided assists for Robbie Brady and Anthony Pilkington.
McGoldrick began his senior career at Nots County and he played for the likes of Northampton, Bournemouth, Port Vale, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry City in the past as well. The Irish attacker he joined Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the 2012/2013 campaign and he signed a permanent deal with the club in July 2013.
David McGoldrick scored 14 goals in 31 appearances for the Tractor Boys in the 2013/2014 Championship campaign and that is considered his most successful season. You should have in mind that his Ipswich teammates Daryl Murphy and Stephen Hunt backed David for his first-ever Ireland call-up.
Highlighted Team (Salford):
Founded during the Second World War (1940) as Salford Central, the League Two side play their home games at Moor Lane. The stadium, which was opened in 1978 and renovated in 2019, can hold up to 5,108 spectators. The Lions wear red jerseys and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while white and black are the dominant colours of their away kit.
Salford City secured promotion to the League 2 at the end of the 2018/19 as they defeated Flyde 3-0 in the National League play-offs final. The match was played at Wembley Stadium, with Touray, Pergianni, and Dieseruvwe scoring for the Lions.
In the 1977/78 season Salford City won their first Manchester Premier Cup trophy, with the team repeating the success the following year. Bury are seen as the club’s main rivals, but their rivalry with the likes of Oldham and Rochdale is pretty big as well.