Our football match prediction:
Oakwell Stadium will host Saturday’s football match between Barnsley and Birmingham City. The Tykes quickly bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday and they will be looking to build on wins over Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers when they face Gianfranco Zola’s troops on Matchday 24. Barnsley aim to climb to the play-offs berth, but the hosts will have to be at their sharpest if they are to beat Birmingham City in Saturday’s festive fixture. The Blues failed to upset Derby County at iPro Stadium on Tuesday, but it is well known that they are not regarded as good travelers. Barnsley and Birmingham City are level on points in the Championship standings, meaning that share of spoils appears on the cards. In previous three meetings between Barnsley and Birmingham at Oakwell Stadium the Blues emerged triumphant, but we would not be surprised if they two sides play out a draw this time out.
Highlighted Player (Conor Hourihane):
Conor Hourihane is an Irish footballer who plays for Barnsley. The midfielder was born on 2 February, 1991 and he started his youth career at Premier League club Sunderland. In 2011 he joined Plymouth Argyle and he spent three years at Home Park. After scoring 15 goals in 125 appearances for the Pilgrims in 2014 Hourihane decided to take next big step in his career. On 23 June he signed a three-year deal with Barnsley for a fee of £250,000. In August he won the League One Player of the Month award and, no doubt, he made a flying start to his Barnsley career. Hourihane made 46 appearances for the Tykes in the 2014/2015 League One campaign, scoring 15 goals and he certainly helped the team return to the Championship. The Irish midfielder has eight caps for the U-21 team. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as defensive and left midfielder as well. Conor Hourihane is a right-footed footballer.
Highlighted Team (Birmingham City):
Birmingham City are a club located in the city of Birmingham, England. Birmingham City were founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, but the club’s named was changed to Small Heath in 1888. 17 years later they became Birmingham and in 1943 they finally changed their name to Birmingham City. The Blues welcome their rivals at St. Andrew’s, the stadium that was opened in 1906. Birmingham City compete in the Championship and their fiercest rivals are WBA and Aston Villa. The Blues made it to the FA Cup final twice, but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. In 1931 they were beaten by their local rivals WBA in the title game (1-2), whilst in 1956 they were outplayed by Manchester City in the title game. The colour of Birmingham’s home kit is blue with white stripe. Trevor Francis, Gil Merrick, Bob Latchford, Jeff Hall, Alex Govan, Joe Bradford and Christophe Dugarry are notable footballers who played for the St. Andrew’s outfit in the past.