Our football match prediction:
Following a hard-fought 2-1 win over Burton Albion, Aston Villa host Leeds United at their Villa Park in their last game of the year. The Villans have been playing below expectations in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and they are certainly eager to give fans some festive cheer. Steve Bruce’s men are eyeing their third consecutive win in the league, but Thursday’s football match against Leeds United will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Whites look unstoppable at the moment and they are after their fourth straight win in the Championship. Leeds outclassed Preston at the Deepdale Stadium on Boxing Day (4-1) and it seems as if former Swansea City manager Garry Monk is doing a great job with the Elland Road outfit. Aston Villa, though, are tough to beat at home, and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils on Matchday 24.
Highligted Player (Micah Richards):
Micah Richards is an English player who began his senior career at Manchester City. The pacey full back, who is capable of playing at centre back as well, made 179 league appearances for the Citizens between 2005 and 2015 and he scored 6 goals for the club. On 17 June, 2015 he signed a four-year deal with Aston Villa, but he did not help the Villans avoid relegation to the Championship. The England defender scored one goal in 24 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa in the 2015/2016 campaign. Micah won the Premier League trophy with Man City in the 2011/2012 season and he lifted the FA Cup trophy in 2011 with the Citizens as well. Richards has 14 caps for England U21 and he received his first ever England call-up for a friendly against Netherlands in November, 2006. Micah Richards was born in Birmngham on 24 June, 1988 and he started his youth career at Leeds United, playing as a striker.
Highlighted Team (Leeds United):
Leeds United are one of the clubs that won the FA Cup. The Whites outplayed Arsenal in the final of the prestigious competition back in 1972, but they clinched the League Cup trophy as well. Leeds United faced the Gunners in the 1967/1968 League Cup final and it has to be noted that Terry Cooper scored the winner for the Whites. Leeds play their home games at Elland Road and the capacity of the stadium is 37,914. The club was founded in 1919 and they have won three First Division (Premier League) trophies ever since (1968/1969, 1973/1974, 1991/1992). Leeds United made it to the Champions League final in 1975, but they were beaten by Bayern Munich in the title clash. The Whites were impressive under David O’Leary. The likes of Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka and Ian Harte were part of the Elland Road outfit back then and they did well to reach the semis of the Champions League in 2001.