Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Walsall will be looking to make a flying start to the season when they host Grimsby Town at their Bescot Stadium. Walsall are not regarded as the team to beat in League Two, but they will surely give their best to secure their place in the playoffs. It has to be noted that the club owners did well to add the likes of Bory Holden, Hayden White, George Nurse, and Jack Rose to the squad in the summer.
Grimsby Town, on the other hand, were beaten by Morecambe in the Carabao Cup in their first game after the coronavirus break. The Mariners are expected to sit in the middle of the table in the upcoming season as well, and seeing that the two teams seem to be evenly matched, share of spoils is on the cards. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be experienced attacker James Hanson, who scored nine goals in the League Two last term.
Highlighted Player (Shay Facey):
Shay Facey is a product of the Manchester City football academy who plays at Walsall as a defender. The 179-cm-tall footballer played for the likes of New York City, Rotherham United, and Heerenveen on loan before signing a permanent deal with Walsall in the summer of 2019.
Facey made his League Two debut with Walsall in a 2-0 loss to Oldham Athletic on October 22, 2019. Even though he represented England U16, England U17, England U19, and England U20 teams in the past, he has yet to earn a call-up with the England senior team. Shay Facey’s main position is right-back, but he is capable of producing good displays at centre-back as well. The player who has dual citizenship (England/Jamaica) wears the number 24 jersey at Walsall.
It has to be noted that he scored his first league goal during his spell at Northampton Town. Shay Facey found the net for the Cobblers in a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town on March 20, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Grimsby):
Founded back in 1878 as Grimsby Pelham, Grimsby Town are a professional football club that compete in League Two, the English fourth tier. Grimsby Town welcome their opponents at Blundell Park, the stadium which has the capacity of 9,027 people (all seated).
The Pilgrims are well known for their black jerseys with white stripes, whilst blue is the dominant colour of their away kit. Grimsby Town made it to the FA Trophy final on two occasions (2012/13, 2015/16), but they have yet to win the title in the competition. The likes of Hull City and Scunthorpe United are regarded as the club’s main rivals.
The Pilgrims registered their biggest win on September 4, 1925, as they crushed Tranmere Rovers 8-0. Speaking of their heaviest loss, Grimsby Town were beaten by Arsenal 9-1 on January 28, 1931. Pat Glover is sitting in top position in the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart with 180 league goals on his account.