Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a hard-fought win over Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa welcome Burton Albion at their Villa Park on Boxing Day. The Villans are eager to give fans some cheer in Monday’s festive fixture, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Steve Bruce’s troops have been producing terrific displays at home of late and you should have in mind that they are after their fifth consecutive win in front of home fans. Jonathan Kodjia scored the winner against QPR, meaning that the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the Ivory Coast attacker. Burton Albion failed to upset Newcastle United in their last league match and the newcomers are on a three-match losing run in the Championship ahead of the trip to Birmingham. The Brewers do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment and we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from Monday’s football game.
Highlighted Player (Agbonlahor):
Gabriel Agbonlahor was born in Birmingham on 13 October, 1986. The English footballer began his youth career in his home-town club Aston Villa and he has been playing for the Villa Park outfit ever since. Agbonlahor, though, played ten league games for the likes of Watford and Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 on loan. The pacey attacker, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, scored 16 goals for Aston Villa in the 2009/2010 Premier League campaign and he helped the team made it to the League Cup final the same season. In 2015 Gabriel Agbonlahor participated in the FA Cup final with Aston Villa, but Arsenal proved to be a big catch for the Villans. The Gunners crushed Aston Villa 4-0 in the title game. Agbonlahor has 16 caps for England U21 team and he played three matches for the senior team. He has yet to score for the England national team. It has to be noted that Gabriel’s father is Nigerian, while his mother is Scottish.
Highlighted Team (Burton Albion):
Burton Albion are one of the four clubs that secure promotion to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign. The Brewers welcome their rivals at Pirelli Stadium, the venue that was opened in 2005. The capacity of the stadium is 6,912, while the seating capacity of the venue is 2,034. Burton Albion won the FA Trophy in 1987, with the team winning Football League Two in 2015. During the club’s non-League period, the Brewers’ local rivals were Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth, Stafford Rangers and Gresley Rovers, but while they were playing in the Football League the club’s rivals were Crewe, Port Vale, Notts County and Chesterfield. Derby County are considered Burton Albion’s rivals as well, but the rivalry with the Rams is rather friendly. The colour of Burton Albion’s home kit is black and yellow, while they wear white and grey jerseys on the travels.