Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Southend welcome Harrogate at their Roots Hall in the opening match of the season. The Shrimpers were struggling in the League One last season, and, as a result, they suffered relegation to the English fourth tier. Southend aim to get back on course as soon as possible, and, one thing is for sure, they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s football match. Summer signings Jordan Green and Shaun Hobson are likely to make their Southend debut in the League Two this weekend.
The newcomers, on the other hand, aim to build on the EFL Cup win over Tranmere. Harrogate Town have big ambitions for their debut season in League Two, but given the importance of the match for the hosts, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Essex. The two sides meet for the first time ever in a competitive match.
Highlighted Player (Rob Kiernan):
Rob Kiernan is a product of Watford football academy who plays for Southend United as a defender. Despite being born in Rickmansworh, England Kiernan represents Ireland in international matches. The 185-cm-tall centre-back made 14 appearances for the Ireland U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior squad.
Speaking of his club career, Rob Kiernan played for the likes of Watford, Kilmarnock, Yeovil Town, Bradford City, Wycombe Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Accrington Stanley, Burton Albion, Brentford, Birmingham City and Rangers before signing a permanent deal with Southend United in the summer of 2017 for an undisclosed fee.
The Republic of Ireland international scored one goal in 10 appearances for the Seasiders in the League One, finding the back of the net in a 2-2 draw with Blackpool. Kiernan’s main position is centre-back, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well. His contract with Southend United should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Harrogate):
Harrogate Town is an English club that welcomes their rivals at Wetherby Road. Opened on August 28, 1920, the venue can hold up to 5,000 spectators (500 seated). The club was founded back in 1914, with the Sulphurties facing Horsforth in their first competitive match on August 30, 1919.
Harrogate Town footballers wear yellow and black shirts when playing at home, while pink is the dominant colour of their away jersey. The Sulphurties did well to win the Whitworth Cup in the 1919/20 season, while the club’s biggest success in the FA Cup came in the 2012/13 when they made it to the second round.
Simon Weaver is one of the most notable footballers who played for Harrogate Town in the past. The team’s manager for the 2020/21 season played for several English clubs, and he has been very successful in the coaching job as well.