Our prediction for this League 2 match:
The Peninsula Stadium will host Saturday’s football game between Salford City and Walsall, the two teams who sit in the middle of the League Two standings. Salford City aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Grimsby Town, and the fact that they defeated Crewe at home on Boxing Day is surely giving fans a reason for optimism. The Lions are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Walsall, who defeated Leyton Orient in their first game of the year.
The Saddlers are eyeing promotion to the League One, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the second half of the season if they are to meet the goal. Despite the fact that the visitors will be without suspended defender Cameron Pring in Saturday’s showdown, we are tempted to put our money on draw as the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment.
Highlighted Player (Ritchie Towell):
Ritchie 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. Ritchie Towell has two Irish Premier League trophies with Dundalk (2013, 2014).
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.