Our football match prediction:
Aston Villa made a slow start to the season, but they have been improving their game week by week. However, even though many people expected that the Villans would extend their unbeaten run to seven games against Leeds United, they were beaten by the Whites at Elland Road. Coach Steve Bruce, though, is certainly capable of helping the team climb to the play-offs berth and Saturday’s football match against Wigan Athletic could be the turning point for the Villa Park outfit. The Latics suffered a 1-0 loss to Derby County at the weekend, with the team failing to escape the relegation zone in the Championship standings. Aston Villa are more of a team than Wigan Athletic and we predict that the hosts are going to start a new winning run in the league on Saturday. Jonathan Kodjia, who scored in a 3-1 win over Cardiff City, is likely to lead the line for the hosts.
Highlighted 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 (Wigan Athletic):
Wigan Athletic are one of the winners of the English FA Cup. The Latics won the prestigious trophy in 2013, with the team upsetting Manchester City in the title game. This is considered the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that Wigan played in the UEFA Europa League in the 2013/2014 season. Wigan have been playing their home games at the DW Stadium since 1999 and they had played at Springfield Park in the past. Chorley are considered Wigan’s fierce rivals, but the two teams last met in 1971, when they competed in the Northern Premier League. The likes of Preston North End, Bury, Oldham Athletic, Burnley and Blackburn Rovers are regarded as Wigan Athletic’s rivals as well. The club was founded in 1932 and they competed in the English Premier League from 2005 to 2013. The colour of Wigan’s home kit is blue and white (stripes).