Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, Aston Villa put an end to their five-game winless run in the Championship. The Villans managed to get back on course and a win over Bristol City could see them climb to the play-offs berth. Steve Bruce’s men want to kick-off the second half of the season in style and we predict they will go all guns blazing at the Robins. Robert Snodgrass scored the winner against Middlesbrough and the Scotland international will be one of the men to watch in the home team. Bristol City, on the other hand, suffered a 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton in the Championship derby at the weekend and it has to be noted that first-choice goalkeeper Frank Fielding was sent off in the 63rd minute of the match. Fielding will be sorely missed in Monday’s football game against Aston Villa and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level. Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country. The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.
Highlighted Team (Bristol City):
Bristol City are one of the two famous clubs from the city of Bristol. Formed in 1894 the Robins mostly participated in English lower leagues and they have never played in the Premier League. Bristol City’s bitterest rivals are Bristol Rovers and it has to be noted that two teams first met in 1897. Bristol City have outplayed their local rivals on 43 occasions in the Bristol Derby. Cardiff City are regarded as Bristol City’s bitter rivals as well. The Robins play their home games at Ashton Gate, the stadium that was opened in 1887. Bristol City were semi-finalists of the League Cup two times (1970/1971, 1988/1989), with the team making it to the FA Cup final in 1909. The Robins faced Manchester United in the title game, but they failed to upset the English giants in the Crystal Palace clash. It is well known that Bristol City footballers wear red shirts and blue shorts.