Our football match prediction:
Villa Park will host Tuesday’s football game between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough. The Villans have been having their ups and downs at the start of the season and they dropped two points in a goalless draw with Brentford at the weekend. Steve Bruce’s men sin in the danger zone in the Championship standings and they need to return to winning ways as soon as possible if they are to revive their promotion hopes. Aston Villa face a difficult task in Tuesday’s derby against Middlesbrough and the hosts would not be too disappointed with one point from the match. The Boro, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 3-0 win at Bolton at the weekend and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they face Aston Villa at Villa Park. Summer signing Britt Assombalonga scored a brace against Bolton and he will be the man to watch in the away team.
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 (Middlesbrough):
Middlesbrough are a professional football club that have been balancing between the top two divisions of England’s league system in the modern history. Boro have been playing their home games at the Riverside Stadium since 1995 and their shirt colour is red. The capacity of the Riverside Stadium is 34,742. Middlesbrough impressed in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and they did really well to secure promotion to the English top flight. Newcastle United and Sunderland are regarded as the club’s main rivals, but there is a rivalry with Leeds United as well. Middlesbrough made it to the FA Cup final in 1997, but Chelsea proved to be a big catch for the Boro in the title game (0-2). However, the Riverside Stadium outfit did remarkably well to win the League Cup trophy in 2004, with the team beating Bolton Wanderers in the final. George Boateng, Stewart Downing, Juninho Paulista, Gareth Southgate, Jonathan Woodgate, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Tuncay Sanli and Hamilton Ricard are the star footballers who left their mark at Middlesbrough.