Our football match prediction:
Barnsley will be looking to build on a thrilling 4-3 win at Cardiff City when they square off against Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day. The Tykes showed character in the victor over the Bluebirds and seeing that they recorded three wins in previous four league fixtures, the hosts are definitely capable of grabbing something from Monday’s football game. Barnsley have been impressive in front of goal of late and we predict that they will find the net on Matchday 23. Blackburn Rovers, on the other hand, have been slipping down the standings week by week. After suffering back-to-back defeats to the likes of Preston and Brighton, the Riversiders were beaten by Reading at home at the weekend and, no doubt, they are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Barnsley. The hosts have been in a much better form than the visitors in recent weeks and we are tempted to put our money on the Oakwell Stadium outfit.
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 (Blackburn Rovers):
Blackburn Rovers have been trying to return to the Premier League ever since they dropped to the Championship in 2012. The Riversiders compete in the English second tier and they play their home games at Ewood Park. Blackburn were founded back in 1875 and they are one of the founding members of the Football League (1888). Burnley are considered Blackburn’s main rivals and the two teams square off against each other in the East Lancashire derby. It has to be noted that Blackburn Burnley 7-1 in their first ever meeting in the East Lancashire Derby on 3 November, 1888. The Riversiders have won three First Division (Premier League) trophies (1911/1912, 1913/1914, 1994/1995). Blackburn Rovers have clinched six FA Cup titles as well. Speaking of the club’s European success, the Riversiders won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2007. The colour of Blackburn’s home kit is blue and white.