Our match prediction:
St. Andrew’s Stadium will host the match between Birmingham City and Cardiff City. The Bluebirds missed out on a place in the Championship play-offs last season and, no doubt, they will give 100% to finish the 2016/2017 campaign in top 6. The Blues, on the other hand, finished the last season in 10th place in the standings and they are certainly hungry for more success. Birmingham City welcome Cardiff City at St. Andrew’s Stadium in the opening match of the season and considering that the Blues are tough to beat at home ground, we predict that the Blues are going to grab something from Saturday’s football match. Birmingham City managed to keep a clean sheet in last two warm-up games and considering that the Bluebirds have been struggling in front of goal of late, a low-scoring affair appears on the cards. In previous five meetings between the two teams under 2.5 goals were netted.
Highligted Player (Diego Fabbrini):
Diego Fabbrini made his Empoli debut in August, 2009. After spending two years at Stadio Carlo Castellani, the midfielder returned to Udinese for the 2011/2012 Serie A campaign and amassed a total of 21 league appearances for the Zebrette. On 19 July 2013, Fabbrini signed a permanent deal with Watford, but he was quickly sent on loan to Siena. After ending his loan spells with Millwall, Birmingham City and Middlesbrough, he joined Birmingham City on 27 January, 2016 for a fee of £1.5 million. The Italian midfielder made his Birmingham City debut three days later as he came on as a substitute in a goalless draw with Bristol City. Fabbrini made 14 appearances for the Blues in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, but he failed to find the net for the St Andrew’s outfit. Speaking of his international career, Diego made his debut for Italy U21 on 3 September 2010 in a match against Bosnia. He earned his first cap for the Italy national team on 15 August 2012, in a 2-1 defeat to England.
Highlighted Team (Cardiff City):
Cardiff City are a Welsh football club that compete in the English second tier (Championship). In 2009 they moved from Ninian Park to Cardiff City Stadium, the venue that officially holds 33,280 spectators. The Bluebirds played their first ever Premier League match on 18 August, 2013, but they were beaten by West Ham United (0-2) on their debut in the English top flight. However, a week later Fraizer Campbell (two goals) and Aron Gunnarson helped Cardiff City record their first ever win in the Premier League. The Bluebirds outplayed Manchester City back then, but they eventually dropped to the Championship at the end of the season. Fellow Welsh outfit Swansea City are considered Cardiff’s fiercest rivals and the two teams take on each other in the South Wales derby. The colour of Cardiff City’s home kit is blue, whilst they wear red shirts and shorts when playing on the travels.